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Camille: The Lady of the Camellias (1848)

by Alexandre Dumas

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I adore complicated, tortured stories of difficult love affairs if they don't descend into the sacarine or trite. Dumas fils does not disappoint with this fictionalized account of his own fractured love affair. Nothing burns quit so much as the passions that pain us in our youth. Although it's going on nearly 200 years old it wears well and has been mined for inspiration for books stage and film by lesser writers since. Sniff a camellia and heave a sad sigh for lost love. ( )
  varielle | Mar 25, 2015 |
Aunque no me ha desagradado, la historia de amor me dejó un poco fría (sin embargo, para ser justa, diré que creo que ha sido porque no me ha resultado original). Además, el recurso de comenzar por el final, sabiendose así cómo acabará la historia de amor de los protagonistas, le hace un flaco favor a la novela. Por otra parte, el personaje de Marguerite me pareció muy interesante, pero también tuve que luchar con la antipatía que me provocaba Armand durante casi todo el relato. Me cuesta tanto creer que estuviera basada en una experiencia personal del propio autor... Le falta pasión!!!
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  L0r0 | Mar 22, 2015 |
I read the Le Livre de Poche (French) 1966 edition of this book, not the one indicated. Although intended as a Catholic morality tale, it's well-written & fun to read (of course, it's tragic). Jettisoning the "save one's immortal soul" reading prompt and replacing it with socio-economic & feminist critique makes for a more illuminating reading experience. Good detailed depiction of the catch-22 circumstances of a 19th century "kept woman" and her "respectable" lover. ( )
  Paulagraph | May 25, 2014 |
"One of the greatest love stories of the world." - Henry James ( )
  KatieCarella | Apr 12, 2014 |
Quite good and similar to Zola's [b:Nana|371456|Nana (Les Rougon-Macquart, #9)|Émile Zola|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1174236758s/371456.jpg|89633] in many ways, although, good storytellers as they were, neither Dumas Papa or Dumas Fils were in Zola's league.

What happens to the pretty girl who trades off her looks for money when she is past her sell-by date? Then she has to hope the man who always loved her will stump up the cash she needs so badly despite her constant rejection when she was at the top of the game and judged him too poor to supply her with the luxuries she felt entitled to. And hope he doesn't mind that she says she loves him only now she's desperate. Nor mind the sickness that has ravaged her body and destroyed her beauty, putting her out of work and losing her the gilded place in society and the envy, if not respect, of the women she never failed to lord it over?

Does being feckless go with the job of being a whore? Did none of them ever think of putting something by? Or is this just a literary device by the male authors who were looking to entertain rather than enlighten?

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  Petra.Xs | Apr 2, 2013 |
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Alexandre Dumasprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bigliosi, CinziaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hardekopf, FerdinandÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hardekopf, FerdinandTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Klaiber, HarriatIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Maurois, AndréPrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Secondo me, non si possono creare personaggi se non dopo aver studiato a lungo gli uomini, così come non si può parlare una lingua straniera se non la si è imparata molto bene. Non ho ancora l'età in cui s'inventa, quindi mi accontenterò di raccontare.
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With a new introduction, this Signet Classic is the only available paperback edition of Camille, the instantly-famous story of passion versus class that remains as timeless as love itself.

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This Signet Classic is the only available paperback edition of the famous story of passion versus class that remains as timeless as love itself. Features a new Introduction and a 16-page photo insert. Reissue.

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