Devouring De Maupassant: A Queer Night in Paris

Title: A Queer Night in Paris
Date Read: 5th September 2011
Available Online?: YES
Briefly: On a visit to a Parisian theatre, Mattre Saval decides on a whim to visit the artist’s quarter of Montmartre. It’s a decision which he will soon regret.
Afterthoughts: Fairly standard fare from Maupassant, with nothing that makes the story stand out exceptionally from any of his others. I did like a particular scene set in a cafe called The Dead Rat, but other than that I found this story to be mediocre to average, at best (well they can’t all be brilliant can they? :)).
Notable Quote: Decidedly, the air of Paris does not resemble any other air. It has in it something indescribably stimulating, exciting, intoxicating, which fills you with a strange longing to dance about and to do many other things. As soon as I arrive here, it seems to me, all of a sudden, that I have taken a bottle of champagne. What a life one can lead in this city in the midst of artists! Happy are the elect, the great men who make themselves a reputation in such a city! What an existence is theirs!

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).