Devouring De Maupassant: The Blind Man

Title: The Blind Man.
Date Read: 22nd November 2010
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Briefly: Sunlit days only serve to remind the narrator of an old blind beggar he once knew. He relates the tale of the old man, and the terrible way in which he met his demise.
Afterthoughts: This tale definitely ranks as one of most forlorn of Maupassant’s literary creations, and although its subject is in no way similar, the feeling of sadness that emanates from The Blind Man, very much reminds me of the reading experience I had when reading one of my favourite Maupassant stories, The Piece of String. Definitely not a ‘feel good’ story by any stretch of the imagination, but essential reading nonetheless.
Notable Quote: He was a peasant, the son of a Norman farmer. As long as his father and mother lived, he was more or less taken care of; he suffered little save from his horrible infirmity; but as soon as the old people were gone, an atrocious life of misery commenced for him.

Rating: ★★★★☆

*Story read as part of my Devouring De Maupassant reading challenge.

About Rob

Rob, a self-confessed bibliophile, is without any hope of rehabilitation. He gets unnaturally excited over anything book-shaped, and if book sniffing were a crime then he would have been locked up years ago (which wouldn't bother him in the slightest provided his cell was lined with books).