Book Review: Femme Fatale by Guy De Maupassant



A selection of Maupassant’s brilliant, glittering stories set in the Parisian beau monde and Normandy countryside. Introducing Little Black Classics: 80 books for Penguin’s 80th birthday. Little Black Classics celebrate the huge range and diversity of Penguin Classics, with books from around the world and across many centuries. They take us from a balloon ride over Victorian London to a garden of blossom in Japan, from Tierra del Fuego to 16th-century California and the Russian steppe. Here are stories lyrical and savage; poems epic and intimate; essays satirical and inspirational; and ideas that have shaped the lives of millions. Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893).

Rating: 4 stars

My Review:

One can always trust Maupassant to take the most basic of human emotions and spin stories of awe and interest. Femme Fatale is no different in this aspect. It’s a compilation of 4 stories all revolving around love and lust sprinkled with a heavy dose of amorality.

In this one, he dives into stories of prostitution, infidelity, lesbian love to name a few. And how! He is so sublime with the way he brings these emotions to us. There is an undeniable authenticity in the way he speaks through his characters. There is a bit of bourgeois of Paris as well and if you know me, that definitely hit it off with me.

Maupassant’s writing is usually dark and scandalous exposing the cynicism he carried throughout his life. This not only makes him superb to read but also relevant to quite a large degree in today’s world. All in all, definitely worth reading.


The A to Z Bookish Survey Tag

Its time for another bookish tag guys! Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner hosts this A to Z Bookish Survey tag initially on her blog and then her Youtube channel. I know it has been around for a few years now but better late than never right! So let’s get started!

Author you’ve read the most books from:

Enid Blyton, Sophie Kinsella, Nicholas Sparks, Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle *I know there are too many of them but that’s just what it is*

 Best Sequel Ever:

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Lord of the Rings

 Currently Reading:

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

 Drink of Choice While Reading:

Black Coffee or a Flat White. Sometimes I would say, it would be a Red Bull.

 E-reader or Physical Book?

Physical books anytime! I have tried reading ebooks and they actually hamper my concentration and reading speed!

 Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

Ned Nickerson – he was Nancy Drew’s boyfriend!

 Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

Shantaram. I was not too stoked initially but I am so glad I read this book.

 Hidden Gem Book:

Love Rosie by Cecelia Ahern. Typically, I am not a huge fan of her writing but this one just took my breath away.

 Important Moment in your Reading Life:

It wasn’t so much of a moment but a journey – so spending pretty much a whole lot of time with my brother during my childhood and now has helped me read more varied books and discuss all my thoughts with him. And mind you, he can be very influential.

 Just Finished:

I just finished reading Limitations by Scott Turow. It was a legal thriller – okayish I guess!

 Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

I am not a huge fan of erotica (the modern 50 Shades of Grey types) and yes, of course vampires. Its just ridiculous unless of course its Dracula.

 Longest Book You’ve Read:

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

 Major book hangover because of:

Very recently, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. It weighed me down quite a bit. You can read my thoughts about it here.

Number of Bookcases You Own:

4 and then there are tables. I so need a new one.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Preferred Place To Read:

My couch or my bed

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

“My fault, my failure, is not in the passions I have, but in my lack of control of them.” – Jack Kerouac

 Reading Regret:

Assuming Harry Potter was for kids when it came out and not reading it. Believe it or not, I haven’t till now!

Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series):

The Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

Unapologetic Fangirl For:

Paulo Coelho, Fitzgerald, Thomas Hardy and maybe a wee bit of Stephen King.

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

What we Lose by Zinzi Clemmons

Worst Bookish Habit:

I organize my books and then I mess it all up. Leaving it on coffee tables, dining table and bedside tables seems to be favorite thing to do.

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

Imperial Bedrooms by Bret Easton Ellis

Your latest book purchase:

The American by Henry James

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

A Court of Wings and Ruin – Yeah, the entire series was way too pacy!

I would love to tag some people because I had so much fun doing this! But you know what, I think all of you read this post should go ahead and do this tag!

P.S. – You may also like the Netflix and Book tag here.


Netflix and Book Tag

So this one is my new blog – The Fresh N Fabulous. And I thought why not do some tags that are quite a thing with book bloggers and booktubers. As I checked out the various tags – I came across this one called the “Netflix Book Tag.” And I am sat here thinking – that’s like two of my most favourite things. So why not pick this one up? Sounds about perfect, right? As I did my research, I found out that the tag was started by Whitney on her Youtube channel – A Darker Shade of Whitney.

So let’s get started!

Recently Watched: The last book you finished reading

Limitations by Scott Turow – I had heard amazing things about Turow and so I decided to get one of these from the local library. Unfortunately, I would not say it’s the best in the genre of legal thrillers. The plot and the legal angle has not been explored as it should have been. Overall, it was a bit of dampener for me despite the good start to the book. I will post a detailed review soon here and also on my Instagram.

Top Picks: A book/books that have been recommended to you based on book you have previously read

On the basis of all the books I have been reading in 2017 or simply, owing to my unfettered love for classics, I have been suggested a few books, namely:

  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker
  • A God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy (for some reason I can’t seem to understand. Not trying to demean her writing here but I rarely read those kind of books!)

Recently Added: The last book you bought

Very recently, I picked up “The American” by Henry James. Now this was an impulse buy and the only reason I picked it up because I absolutely fell in love with his book – The Portrait of a Lady.

Popular on Netflix: Books that everyone knows about. (2 you’ve read and 2 you have read or have no interest in reading)

  • ACOTAR series (the trilogy) – Well, who hasn’t heard about it? It is probably the best that has come out in the fantasy genre (okay, I am having a little fangirling moment here).
  • 13 Reasons Why – As popular as the TV series has been this year, I would term it next to impossible to not know about this one. I did get around to reading this book by Jay Asher once I binge-watched the entire series.
  • A God of Small Things – This was Arundhati Roy’s first novel, winner of the Man Booker Prize and a multitude of other things. Some may even consider it blasphemous that me despite the voracious book reader that I am, I haven’t read it yet. While I did include it in my July TBR list, I have hardly an inclination to read it.
  • Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth is the first of a two-book YA sci-fi series. I like YA and sci-fi – yes, both! But I don’t think I am going to be reading this book considering I am not such a huge fan of her writing.

Comedies: A funny book

I would have to say I really did find Slam by Nick Hornby quite a hilarious read. The book is quite cool in the manner in which it deals with something so serious as a teenage pregnancy. Absolutely laced with straight-faced humour, I found it quite funny.

Dramas: A character who is a drama queen/king

I am gonna say Rosie from the book Love, Rosie by Cecilia Ahern. Rosie has something going on in her life all the time and well, lets just say she wants to be the cynosure of all around her – her friends and the love of her life too! And though I found her character extremely clumsy, funny and likeable, there was always some drama.

Animated: A book with cartoons on the cover

I actually checked my bookshelves and strangely enough, I do not have any! Nopes, not even a single one!

Watch it again: A book/book series that you want to re-read

If I had to pick one book that I would re-read it has to be The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald. I am in love with everything about this book and could read it a million times and over. And series – ah, well – got to give it to Lord of the Rings.

Documentaries: A non-fiction book you’d recommend to everyone

Typically, I do not read much of non-fiction but I will recommend one. Actually, I am gonna go ahead and recommend two –

  • Leading by Sir Alex Fergusson – Its by far, the best book I have read about leadership and how simple tactics can be applied to lead a team correctly. If you want to know about what I learnt from this book, you can check this post here.
  • Hooked by Nir Eyal – This book is an absolute must for people who want to design, develop and then sell products and more importantly, turn them into habits.

Action and Adventure: An action packed book

This one’s easy. It is my favourite adventure book as a kid – Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S.Lewis. The fact that was it was set in the UK was a thing that enticed me too!

New Releases: A book that just came out or will be coming out soon that you can’t wait to read.

What we Lose by Zinzi Clemmons – it is supposed to be about race struggles at the very good with a good hint of romance and motherhood. All the makings of a great book, right?

Max: Tag some people

Okay, I am going to tag a few friends who are not here but they are on Instagram –abookishrendezvous, tarunpreet18, punyareads , booksandcoffeestains and Nada from the Africaanah fame.

I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I have enjoyed writing it. Do feel free to consider yourself tagged if you enjoyed reading this.