Date Read: 05th July 2010
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Briefly: Old, alone and full of gloom, Monsieur Saval ruminates on a life lived apathetically, where achievement and love have never been something to celebrate. Stopping to ponder the point of whether he’s even ever been in love, Monsieur Saval suddenly recalls one summer’s day many years ago, when he was strolling along the bank with Madame Sandres, the wife of his old companion. Saval is about to experience a dawn if realisation!
Afterthoughts: Well folks, as you may imagine this tale isn’t much of a rib-tickler. In fact, if anything, it’s one of these stories that makes you crumple on the spot, look to the heavens and question why, before sobbing your heart out. OK, I exaggerate but it’s definitely not a story to read if you’re looking for a little literary pick-me-up. Is it well written? Of course! Does Maupassant present a good story? Silly question, of course he does! But personally I prefer my Maupassant ‘fixes’ to be a little more cheery.
Notable Quote: Monsieur Saval, who was called in Mantes “Father Saval,” had just risen from bed. He was weeping. It was a dull autumn day; the leaves were falling. They fell slowly in the rain, like a heavier and slower rain. M. Saval was not in good spirits. He walked from the fireplace to the window, and from the window to the fireplace. Life has its sombre days. It would no longer have any but sombre days for him, for he had reached the age of sixty-two. He is alone, an old bachelor, with nobody about him. How sad it is to die alone, all alone, without any one who is devoted to you!
*Story read as part of my Devouring De Maupassant reading challenge.