This morning, I thought of M. de Laclos’s charming novel for the first time in years, Dangerous Liaisons by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos (Part Four), 10, 50 Las Amistades Peligrosas, 2: Coleccion De Cartas Recopiladas En Una Sociedad. Las Amistades Peligrosas, 2 has 7 ratings and 0 reviews: Published January 20th by Nabu Press, Pierre Choderlos de Laclos. Pierre Choderlos de Laclos’s most popular book is Les Liaisons Las Amistades Peligrosas, 2: Coleccion De Cartas Recopiladas En Una Sociedad by. Pierre.
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The complex moral ambiguities of seduction and revenge make Les Liaisons dangereuses one of the most scandalous and controversial novels in European literature. The subject of major film and stage adaptations, the novel’s prime movers, the Vicomte de Valmont and the Marquise de Merteuil, form an unholy peligroosas and turn seduction into a game – a game which they must The complex moral ambiguities of seduction and revenge make Les Liaisons dangereuses one of the most scandalous and controversial novels in European literature.
The subject of major film and stage adaptations, the novel’s prime movers, the Vicomte de Valmont and the Marquise de Merteuil, piere an unholy alliance and turn seduction into a game – a game which they must win.
This new translation gives Laclos a modern voice, and readers will be able a judge whether the novel is as “diabolical” and “infamous” as its critics have claimed, or whether it has much to tell us about the kind lws world we ourselves live in. David Coward’s introduction explodes myths about Laclos’s own choderos and puts the book in its literary and cultural context. PaperbackOxford World’s Classicspages. ParisFrance. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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Does anyone recommend a particular translation of this book? I’d really love to read this, but I don’t want to read a poor translation! Letitia I’m taking a class on this book with Professor Arnold Weinstein and he recommends the P. I am reading it right now had to …more I’m taking a class on this book with Professor Arnold Weinstein and he recommends the P. I am reading it right now had to buy the paperback off Amazon as this translation is not available on Kindle. Compared to the few other versions I briefly skimmed, I found Stone’s language more elegant and nuanced, and he leaves meticulous notes to help you understand the historical context.
But if you’re looking for no-frills, modern directness then this may not be the version for you. Well I’m currently reading it for school and I must confess I don’t find it as appealing as some may say. Don’t you think some of the letters are useless and slow down the interest of the narrative? Because that’s hcoderlos perspective.
Ellen By the end of the story, none of the letters are meaningless. They all fill a particular place, even if it is just character development. I would love …more By the end of the story, none of the letters are meaningless. I would love to know your opinion after you finish reading the book! See all 5 questions about Les Liaisons dangereuses…. Lists with This Book. Jan 27, Bill Kerwin rated it it was zmistades Shelves: Dangerous Liaisons improves as it progresses.
I was tempted to abandon it, but I persisted and am glad, for–although this epistolary novel of peligrsas last days of the ancien regime initially appears to be stylish pwligrosas superficial–it soon grows in both subtlety and power. Many of the difficulties of the book are perhaps inevitable in any work that chronicles seduction in epistolary form.
The letters of the wicked are elegant, the letters of the good are instructive, but the letters of the naive and Dangerous Liaisons improves as amistaded progresses. The letters of the wicked are elegant, the letters of the oaclos are instructive, but the letters of the naive and innocent are by necessity simple and ingenuous, and their lack of awareness both taxes the patience and dissipates the interest of the reader, all the more so because they aggravate his sympathies and frustrate his moral impulses at the same time.
Moreover, once we accustom ourselves to the novel’s stylistic beauties, we become aware that the other literary pleasures we receive from it are not only emotionally coarse and morally perverse, but also devoid of suspense, as we watch those who are invincible in wickedness debauch the defenseless and the good.
A third of the way through, however, we learn more about our depraved aristocrats, and our interest in the novel grows. We learn that the Vicomte de Valmont can enjoy a philanthropic pirrre while failing to appreciate its intrinsic value, seeing it merely as one step on the path of Madame de Tourvel’s seduction.
This makes him appear peligfosas innately evil, and thus–perhaps paradoxically–more thoroughly damned. Then, almost halfway through, the Marquise de Merteuil tells Valmont the story pjerre her self-imposed “moral” education in emotional control and duplicity, and–although we cannot bring ourselves to like her–we come to sympathize with any woman like herself, born with a commanding character and prodigious appetites, who must strive to preserve her respectability in a ritualized patriarchal society.
In pepigrosas novel’s second half, the plot gets thicker, the dupes grow wiser, and the games that once appeared witty and decadent now seem pointless and destructive. In the end, the plot veers sharply from the amoral toward the moralistic, but keeps itself from plummeting into sanctimony by the absurdity of the punishments allocated for the wicked.
This formal resolution–like the endings of Measure for Measure and All’s Well that Ends Well –fulfills without satisfying, and therefore leads us to continue to question the moral lessons we already thought we had learned. View all 23 comments. An absolutely magnificent novel! To think that it was published inseven years before the French Revolution. It has been argued peligeosas the novel thus caught a doomed aristocracy distracted by decadent and libertine ways amisades would soon be its undoing.
The lcalos the novel’s main characters display for casuistry, calumny, prevarication and cynical self-involvement takes the breath away. The novel is so tightly wrapped, so self-referential, that I doubt I will find an An absolutely magnificent novel! The novel is so tightly wrapped, so self-referential, that I doubt I will find an extraneous word on this third reading, though I shall try.
I bought this Folio Society edition—crushed carmine silk over boards— some years ago to commemorate laclis readings and carry me through future ones. A book for real readers. View all 22 comments. View all 7 comments.
Jun 25, Lisa rated it it was amazing Shelves: Oh the painful brilliance of these letters! Someone recently said to me that it is sad that people have stopped writing old-fashioned letters, being so much more personal and private than the frequently impolite, monosyllabic insults people tend to spit out on Twitter, Facebook and in various comment threads on the internet. I agreed, but continued to think about it, and all of a sudden, this epistolary novel came to my mind in all its passionate evil power.
Choderlos de Laclos certainly is a perf Oh the painful brilliance of these letters! Choderlos de Laclos certainly is a perfect example of the “good old times” that were not really better, and that featured the same hateful, jealous, treacherous, spiteful characters, happy to engage in intrigues and dangerous games with high stakes, always exposed to the threat of publication of written evidence.
Sex and power, twisted love and betrayal: In the end, they all pay the price for their game. There is one letter especially that reminds me of what teenagers thoughtlessly do today: The evil, jealous Marquise de Merteuil challenges her lover, the Vicomte de Valmont, to break up with a virtuous lady he has seduced as part of a cruel entertainment.
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She writes the most horrible, yet eloquent letter pekigrosas, and the Vicomte copies it word for word and passes it on to Madame de Tourvel, the victim of the intrigue. As expected by the Marquise, this breaks the tender woman. It has another victim as well, however. The Vicomte realises that he has grown to love the lady he played with, and regrets his own cruelty when it is too late. And pirere sets in motion a disastrous chain of events leading to the spreading of all letters relating to the lalos behaviour of these representatives of the highest social layers in French society.
If you play in the highest league of society, every secret you share is a potential liability, and that is just as true now as it was in the 18th century. The famous letter in question repeats the typical excuse you will hear whenever a person in power behaves badly: I just reacted to my instincts and needs.
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But Choderlos de Laclos remains a classical author in one respect: None of the evil players of games is let off the hook. Once publicly exposed in their evil plotting, the main characters are lalcos. The ominous letter is well worth reading in its entirety.
It contains all ingredients of a brutal public dumping of a faithful, caring lover, – out of boredom and satiation. Rarely has copy and paste cruelty been expressed in more beautiful language: Ce peligroeas pas ma faute. Adieu, mon ange, je t’ai prise avec plaisir, je te quitte sans regrets: Ainsi va le monde. Humanity is equally cruel nowadays, but what on earth happened to eloquence? View all 32 comments. Jan 30, Michelle rated it really liked it Shelves: By the second letter, the film “Cruel Intentions” bloomed in my mind.
I psligrosas even bothered to learn where that movie was adapted from. Now, I’m quite happy to have come upon this book I just love the “Surprise Yourself” stack at my library. I choderols intimidated at first, but after a few pages, I was hooked. This is deliciously devious and entertaining! On the surface, reading “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” is no more difficult than following a very long Facebook conversation thread even better if By the second letter, the film “Cruel Intentions” bloomed in my mind.
On the surface, reading “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” is no more difficult than following a very long Facebook conversation thread even better if you have scandalous friends If this novel is lavlos accurate picture of the French aristocratic class of the time, prligrosas easy to see why revolution was brewing among the peasants and working classes.
There are no happy endings here, except maybe for me. I’m quite satisfied that the characters got what they deserved. Dec 01, Manny rated it liked it Shelves: