In the Country
- Letto da: Oliver Montgomery
- Durata: 14 min
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This is a story from the Normandy Stories collection.
Maupassant is hailed as one of the greatest masters of the short story. This collection focuses upon the land he knew and loved so well - Normandy. Its people and its countryside are portrayed here in vivid color and with great warmth. Amusing, saucy, and sometimes even farcical they may be, but they are also capable of great pathos, often branching off to end tragically. It is this skilful and affecting blend of tragedy and comedy, of tears and laughter, which make Maupassant's Normandy Stories the enduring favorites they are today.
This selection from Guy de Maupassant's collection Normandy Stories is a scathing yet perceptive satire of familial bonds, good fortune, and greed. In the countryside, two peasant families live side-by-side, poor and struggling to put food on the table. Their children are playing outside when a rich couple notices them, and the wife hopes to adopt one of them. One family refuses, while the other agrees, creating a scandal within the community and resentment in the child left behind. Maupassant's story is equal parts tragedy and comedy, brought to the fore through Oliver Montgomery's whimsical yet ironic performance.