Title: Guillemot Rock (also known as The Penguins’ Rock)
Date Read: 24th May 2010
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Briefly: During the months of April and May, a group of aged hunters descend upon the coastal town of Étretat in search of the guillemot, who yearly congregate on a particular rock just off the coast, to lay their eggs and await their hatching.
Afterthoughts: Describing in depth, the migration habits and habitats of the guillemot, this tale starts out as though it may have been penned by Darwin or some naturalist with his eye on some future National Geographic article. True to form though it’s not long before the tale moves off in an entirely unexpected direction, proving that it could have come from no other than the French storytelling maestro himself. All in all however, despite it’s impressive beginnings, the storyline for this one on the whole is rather weak, and it all just seems to fizzle out towards the end. A pity because it all starts off so well.
Notable Quote: And each spring, as soon as the little wandering tribe has taken up its abode an the rock, the same sportsmen also reappear in the village. One knew them formerly when they were young; now they are old, but constant to the regular appointment which they have kept for thirty or forty years. They would not miss it for anything in the world.
*Story read as part of my Devouring De Maupassant reading challenge.