Set during the Franco Prussian war, Butterball is a sympathetic portrayal of a prostitutes mistreatment at the hands of a cold hearted bourgeoisie It is published here with a selection of stories about prostitutes, making this a unique collection When Butterballs carriage is halted by Prussian soldiers, they demand her sexual services as ransom Her fellow passengershitherto disdainful of her companyare suddenly than happy to benefit from her immoral trade But Butterball is a loyal French nationalist, and she refuses to sleep with the enemy Through the warmth and generosity of his heroine, Maupassant exposes the hypocrisy of the French middle class French writer Guy de Maupassant is most famous for his short stories, which depict the humdrum fate of the middle and working classes....
|Title||:||Butterball (Hesperus Classics)|
|Publisher||:||Hesperus Press New edition edition May 1, 2003|
|Number of Pages||:||128 pages|
|File Size||:||661 KB|
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Butterball (Hesperus Classics) Reviews
This volume, published by Hesperus Classics in their 100 Pages line, contains two stories that do not appear in Project Gutenberg's collection of The Complete Short Stories of Guy de Maupassant. The two would be The Confession and Bed 29. Bed 29 should appear in any collection of the Master's work. The story revolves around a dashing figure of a Captain in the Emperor's service and begins just a bit before the the Prussian-Franco War. The Captain preens himself publicly and has women falling at his feet. He is especially enamoured with a rich man's mistress. Their torrid affair is interrupted by the outbreak of war. His return after the armistice brings him back to this woman. That is it. However, the story grabs you and holds on until the final sentences. A very powerful story. The other stand out is Butterball which is a new translation of Boule de Suif. I did not find this translation to be much better than the one we have from a century ago. There are another four stories in this volume and all her engaging and perfectly readable, but they do not stand up to the masterpieces at the two ends of the book. Hence the four stars.
A retailer, a factory owner and a count, all accompanied by their wifes, are joined by two nunns and a squanderer to show the utter hypocricy of the society at the time of the Franco-Prussian war. The novel also shows the role that the common people play in the war (referring to the fishermen and boatmen fishing out bodies of dead Germans from the water early in the story. The Butterball herself is shown from a very positive side, displaying humanity and generosity.
Butterball is just an amazing illustration of class and shifting morals. Our poor heroine is viewed first by her fellow travelers as being below contempt. This view changes after she decides to share her food with them. Again, poor Butterball's companions shift their views and try and sell her to the Prussians. This is an immensely silly novella with a serious commentary. After you read it, it is hard to be ride of its impression.