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Master Belhomme's Beast

Written by: Guy de Maupassant
Narrated by: Oliver Montgomery
Length: 16 mins

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Travelers on a coach trip through countryside debate what has invaded the ear of one of them, and attempt various "cures" to end the man’s terrible suffering. Oliver Montgomery’s performance of the varied characters is understated but engaging in this excerpt from the Normandy Stories collection of Guy de Mauppassant short stories. The result is a wonderful, serio-comic example of the French master’s subtle characterization and precise storytelling, with its humorous, finely detailed descriptions of peasants, clergy, pets, working animals, and the bourgeoisie.

Publisher's Summary

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.

Public Domain (P)1995 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd.

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