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Manon Lescaut

By Abbe Prevost

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| Mass Market Paperback | 9782218739316

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The inspiration for three films and several operas, this classic of French literature is set in Regency Paris and Louisiana around 1720. A tragic love story, it's also an epic adventure story with three infidelities, three escapes, three abductions a Continue

The inspiration for three films and several operas, this classic of French literature is set in Regency Paris and Louisiana around 1720. A tragic love story, it's also an epic adventure story with three infidelities, three escapes, three abductions and two murders. The action spans two continents and a social range extending from the aristocracy to the social outcast, from pillars of the establishment to pimps and prostitutes. Manon Lescaut's ambiguous love story has a transcendent significance: Is it a cautionary tale, warning of the dangers to which passion, blindly followed, can lead? Or does it illustrate the redemptive power of love? After all, Des Grieux's perseverance in his devotion to Manon eventually brings about a profound change of heart in her and seems to make possible a lasting happiness based on deep mutual affection. The ambiguity persists to the end, when death snatches that happiness away.

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    Incroyable jusqu'où peut nous conduire l'amour pour une personne...

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    Elena said on Sep 22, 2011 | Add your feedback

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    Purtroppo tra me e i romanzi del 700 non c’è mai stata molta sintonia. Questo poi… Manon è egoista e frivola, Des Grieux uno sciocco, la trama un susseguirsi di pianti e sventure.
    Due stelline e mezzo, tre sulla fiducia.

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    Isabelle said on Dec 8, 2010 | Add your feedback

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    "Un coeur de père est le chef-d'oeuvre de la nature".

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    Meryjo said on Sep 13, 2010 | Add your feedback

  • 3 people find this helpful

    Storia di un amore tormentato tra un povero pirla e una gigantesca zoccola. Lettura difficile, un po' per il francese settecentesco, un po' per la voglia di uccidere il protagonista che il lettore avverte in svariate occasioni.

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    Teto said on Jan 29, 2010 | Add your feedback

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    J'ai plusieurs fois et j'avais lu un peu de ses autres romans -je pense- Un homme de qualité (?) Vraiment, un chef-d'oeuvre.

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    Robert Hyde said on Oct 2, 2009 | Add your feedback

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