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Bel-ami (Classics) by Guy de Maupassant

Bel-ami (Classics) (original 1885; edition 1975)

by Guy de Maupassant, D. Parmee (Translator)

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Title:Bel-ami (Classics)
Authors:Guy de Maupassant
Other authors:D. Parmee (Translator)
Info:Penguin Classics (1975), Edition: New Ed, Paperback, 416 pages
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Bel-Ami by Guy de Maupassant (1885)


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George Duroy is a penniless ex-soldier when this novel opens, but he is amoral and ruthless as he climbs his way to the top of Parisian society. His good fortune is due primarily to the mistresses he chooses and discards as his needs dictate. He's not a 'family values' kind of guy; his nickname, Bel-Ami is kind of a cross between 'handsome' and 'lover-boy.'

Although written in the 19th century, this book reads like a modern novel, and it caused quite a scandal when first published. De Maupassant's sympathies are quite clearly with the women. Their characters are fully developed and very believable. Although some of the women are definitely more accomplished and more intelligent than Bel-Ami, de Maupassant is able to make us understand to a certain extent why they put on blinkers where matters of love are concerned.

This was an easy read, and kept me fully engaged at all times (none of those long 19th century digressions). ( )
  arubabookwoman | Feb 12, 2017 |
An enjoyable read. I don't really like the main character, but I don't really hate him either. A good look at what some may do to get ahead in life. I look forward to reading more de Maupassant. His writing style was very readable, and I was surprised at how quickly I read this book. ( )
  AmieB7 | Jan 21, 2016 |
Bel Ami (good friend), what a man. At first we see him, he is walking the streets with barely the money to eat more than one meal a day and quench his thirst. He meets a friend from his military days and George is off. This man rises by using people. I read a review of another reader that compares Flaubert's Madame Bovary to de Mauppassant's George Duroy. This was an easy read and I enjoyed it a lot but this is not a likable character. He uses women, he plots and schemes, he takes money that is not his and he succeeds. This pretty much sums George Du Roy up; "You deceive everyone; you take advantage of everyone; you filch money and enjoyment wherever you can, and you want me to treat you as an honest man!" ( )
  Kristelh | Dec 12, 2015 |
თითქოს არ მომეწონა მაგრამ ბოლოს რომ დავუფიქდი ძაან ცხოვრებისეულია და გვიჩვენებს ყველა კაცის ჭეშმარიტ სახეს. ( )
  buqu | Apr 3, 2015 |
I loved the writing in this but the story was ultimately depressing. The nineteenth century French realism always seems to be about unattractive people -- were there no nice people in Paris during the 1800s? ( )
2 vote leslie.98 | Feb 5, 2015 |
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Bigliosi, CinziaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bory, Jean-LouisContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Caproni, GiorgioTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Quand la caissière lui eut rendu la monnaie de sa pièce de cent sous, Georges Duroy sortit du restaurant.
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Georges Duroy, un giovane bello e ambizioso, va a Parigi dalla provincia in cerca di fortuna. L'amico Charles riesce a farlo entrare nella redazione di un giornale. Il successo con le donne lo aiuta a far carriera e, diventato Bel Ami, sfrutta questo suo fascino. Morto Charles, ne sposa la vedova dalla quale ottiene la metà di una ricca eredità. Poi cerca di conquistare Suzanne, la figlia sedicenne del proprietario del suo giornale. Divorzia dalla moglie, rapisce Suzanne e costringe il padre a dargliela in moglie. La madre della ragazza, anch'essa perdutamente innamorata di Bel Ami, impazzisce però di dolore.
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Guy de Maupassant's scandalous tale of an opportunistic young man corrupted by the allure of power, "Bel-Ami" is translated with an introduction by Douglas Parmee in "Penguin Classics". Young, attractive and very ambitious, George Duroy, known to his admirers as Bel-Ami, is offered a job as a journalist on La Vie francaise and soon makes a great success of his new career. But he also comes face to face with the realities of the corrupt society in which he lives - the sleazy colleagues, the manipulative mistresses and wily financiers - and swiftly learns to become an arch-seducer, blackmailer and social climber in a world where love is only a means to an end. Written when Maupassant was at the height of his powers, "Bel-Ami" is a novel of great frankness and cynicism, but it is also infused with the sheer joy of life - depicting the scenes and characters of Paris in the belle epoque with wit, sensitivity and humanity. Douglas Parmee's translation captures all the vigour and vitality of Maupassant's novel. His introduction explores the similarities between Bel-Ami and Maupassant himself and demonstrates the skill with which the author depicts his large cast of characters and the French society of the Third Republic. Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893) was born in Normandy. By the late 1870s, the first signs of syphilis had appeared, and Maupassant had become Flaubert's pupil in the art of prose. He led a hectic social life, and in 1891, having tried to commit suicide, he was committed to an asylum in Paris, where he died two years later. If you enjoyed "Bel-Ami", you might like William Makepeace Thackeray's "Vanity Fair", also available in "Penguin Classics".

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"Maupassant's second novel, Bel-Ami (1885), is the story of a ruthlessly ambitious young man (Georges Duroy, christened 'Bel-Ami' by his female admirers) making it to the top in fin-de-siecle Paris. It is a novel about money, sex, and power, set against the background of the politics of the French colonization of North Africa. It explores the dynamics of an urban society uncomfortably close to our own and is a devastating satire of the sleaziness of contemporary journalism."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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