Oliver Montgomery is more than up to the task in capturing the evocative, lyrical quality of Guy de Maupassant’s prose found in his acerbic A Normandy Joke, which begins with the procession of the newlywed Jean, a wealthy farmer, and his wife, Rosalie, and ends with an unexpected disturbance that deflates the marital bliss of their first night together.
Maupassant packs plenty of social commentary into this airtight short story, and Montgomery’s accomplished, carefully measured performance will demand repeated listens.
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.