Devouring De Maupassant: Legend of Mont St. Michel

Title: Legend of Mont St. Michel
Date Read: 06 February 2012
Available Online?: YES
Briefly: The narrator recounts the legend of Saint Michel, and how the saint managed to vanquish the devil and expel him from Normandy.
Afterthoughts: In this story Maupassant not only waxes lyrical about the glorious Mont. St. Michel (well, who wouldn’t?), but he also gives an engaging account of the tussle between Normandy’s patron saint and the devil himself, which leads to the latter’s expulsion from the region. The saint’s method is all very cunning and underhand, but then again Maupassant does tell us that this version of the legend comes via the Lower Normandy peasant, who he describes as being ‘cunning, deceitful and tricky’. Make of this what you will, dear reader.
Notable Quote: The following morning at dawn I went toward it across the sands, my eyes fastened on this, gigantic jewel, as big as a mountain, cut like a cameo, and as dainty as lace. The nearer I approached the greater my admiration grew, for nothing in the world could be more wonderful or more perfect.

Rating: ★★★½☆

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

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  1. Is this a long story, Rob? I’d like to try it …. not only in English but in French as well, though my French is very rusty.

    • Rob (Twitter: robaroundbooks)

      It’s really short Suzanne. Go read it. And check you out, wanting to read it in French too. What a poser 🙂