Devouring De Maupassant: The Wolf

Title: The Wolf
Date Read: 09 January 2012
Available Online?: YES
Briefly: While gathered at dinner, the Marquis d’Arville relates a tale which explains the reason why he and three of his generations, have never found pleasure in hunting.
Afterthoughts: A nice little tale from Maupassant which reads something like a legend. With a hint of Gothic about it, The Wolf is certainly entertaining, and it reminds in some small way of Liam Neeson’s recent movie, The Grey. So if you liked that movie, then you should find some pleasure in this story.
Notable Quote: “And soon a rumor began to circulate. People talked of a colossal wolf with gray fur, almost white, who had eaten two children, gnawed off a woman’s arm, strangled all the watch dogs in the district, and even come without fear into the farmyards. The people in the houses affirmed that they had felt his breath, and that it made the flame of the lights flicker. And soon a panic ran through all the province. No one dared go out any more after nightfall. The darkness seemed haunted by the image of the beast.”

Rating: ★★★½☆

*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).