Fun Facts Friday: Guy de Maupassant
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / August 5, 2016

Guy de Maupassant (5 August, 1859 – 6 July, 1893) was a French writer and a master of short stories. By User Den fjättrade ankan on sv.wikipedia, Public Domain, 1)      When he was 11, Maupassant’s mother risked social disgrace by getting divorced and keeping her two sons. 2)      Laure Le Poittevin, Maupassant’s mother, became the most influential figure in his life. 3)      As a young boy, Maupassant loved nature, which became a theme for many of his stories. 4)      At the age of 13, Maupassant was placed at a private school which he disliked and got himself expelled from. 5)      In junior high school and high-school he was proven to be a good student. 6)      Maupassant saved poet Algernon Charles Swinburne from drowning. 7)      In 1871 Maupassant enlisted as a volunteer in the Franco-Prussian War. He served ten years as a clerk in the Navy Department. 8)      Maupassant’s talent and business acumen made him a rich man. He published 2-4 volumes of each year of short stories. 9)      He also wrote under several pseudonyms. 10)   Among many other Parisians, Maupassant didn’t care for the Eifel Tower.

Latest Posts / August 2, 2016

This is the piece a starving Marie-Laure blasted from the attic to draw Von Rumpel to her.  Imagine yourself as Marie-Laure, listening to this music and waiting for the murderer to find you with a knife in your hand.  Imagine yourself as Von Rumpel, hallucinatory, sick, and dying, following the music, climbing to the top floor. Imagine yourself as Volkheimer, hearing Marie-Laure’s radio broadcast while trapped underground.  Losing hope.  And yet after hearing this song, you decide to throw a grenade in a last, desperate effort to gain freedom. Imagine yourself as Etienne, haunted by the ghosts of your past, playing this music and remembering your dead brother. Imagine yourself as the child, Werner, hearing this piece at the end of Etienne’s broadcast, huddled in an orphanage with a tiny radio, dreaming of greater things. Originally posted on If Mermaids Wore Suspenders here:

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