Description: Guy de Maupassant’s compelling short novel, abridged in 4 parts by Penny Leicester, follows family rivalries in the seaport of Le Havre.
1/4. On a fishing trip all is happy with the Roland clan. Then returning home, a revelation..
2/4 The Marechal Will causes ructions between the brothers, then a second revelation surfaces.
3/4 Jean is happy of course, but Pierre burns with rage. So a confrontation is due.
4/4 The two brothers must take action to avoid a family showdown.
Reader Carl Prekopp
Producer Duncan Minshull.
Nutty NUUT read
Translator: Clara Bell
Opening: “Tschah!” exclaimed old Roland suddenly, after he had remained motionless for a quarter of an hour, his eyes fixed on the water, while now and again he very slightly lifted his line sunk in the sea.
Mme. Roland, dozing in the stern by the side of Mme. Rosemilly, who had been invited to join the fishing-party, woke up, and turning her head to look at her husband, said:
“Well, well! Gerome.”
And the old fellow replied in a fury:
“They do not bite at all. I have taken nothing since noon. Only men should ever go fishing. Women always delay the start till it is too late.”
From wiki: It appeared in three instalments in the Nouvelle Revue and then in volume form in 1888, together with the essay “Le Roman” [“The Novel”]. Pierre et Jean is a realist work, notably so by the subjects on which it treats, including knowledge of one’s heredity (whether one is a legitimate son or a bastard), the bourgeoisie, and the problems stemming from money.
Powerful story for it being so short.