Bedside Book of Famous French Stories Author:Belle Becker, Robert N. Linscott For this third volume in the famous bedside series the editors have selected twenty-three stories of the widest range of interest, each outstanding for its readability and present day appeal. Written by seventeen celebrated French authors, most of whom are will known to American readers, the collection covers well over one hundred and fifty yea... more »rs of the best in French literature.
Gallic wit, charm, and dramatic technique have neven been better displayed than in these truly magnificent examples of the story-telling art. Young French writers of today, their talents forged in war and sharpened by the stern necessities of the resistance movement, appear for the first time in English translation side by side with the great masters of the past. The stories range from the sheer terror of Balzac's "La Grande Breteche" through the sultry romanticism of Gautier, the ironic wit of Anatole France, the broad humor of de Maupassant's "Madame Tellier's Excursion" to the tense excitement of Saint Exupery's "Prisoner of the Sand," Malraux's "Tank Trap" and the dramatic tale of the French Underground by Josef Kessel, "The Escape".
In no other country has the short story flourished as in France, but it has been many years since a representative collection of such a book as this both sport and drudgery is the months spent in searching, like a bloodhound, for forgotten masterpieces, which means, in actual practice, months of reading hundreds of stories that may be good but are not good enough. To the reader's great good fortune the editors were more than successful in there search, for they have indeed made certain "that great authors were represented by great stories and that every author was represented by his best story."
Here, then, is a tempting, tasty dish to set before any epicurean of the book world, a veritable feast of literary masterpieces guaranteed to offer many a long hour of superb reading entertainment.« less