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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks; Reissue edition (May 17 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199536481
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199536481
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 3.3 x 13 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 299 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #364,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Oxford World's Classic edition offers students an excellent introduction to this classic text and also important notes and chronologies. Dr. Paraic Finnerty, University of Portsmouth.

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Douglas Parmee is Retired Fellow of Queen's College, Cambridge. He is the translator of Nana, Attack on the Mill (Zola) and A Sentimental Journey (Flaubert) for World's Classics. David Coward is Professor of French at the University of Leeds. He is the translator and editor of Maupassant, de Sade, and Dumas in World's Classics.

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Well, Sophie dear, as you see, I'm keeping my word and not spending all my time on bonnets and bows, I'll always have some to spare for you! Read the first page
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Along with L'Assommoir by Zola and Journey to the End of the Night by Celine, Choderlos de Laclos's masterpiece ranks as one of my favorite books of all time. To fully appreciate the genius of the letter writing form,one must understand that the libertine novels of the 18th century all utilized this format. Laclos admittedly set out to write a book that would depart from other works of the century to leave a dramatic imprint on the world, and he succeeded. While written in the same lingusitic and seductive style of a libertine novel, Laclos transforms the limited and mundane scope of the libertine world into a riveting classic. Each character reflects a different conception of "love" and how the libertine world can go awry when true sentiment is confused with lust. La Marquise de Merteuil reflects the purest degree of libertinage. In perhaps the most spellbinding of all the letters, she explains to Valmont her duplictious conduct after her husband's death to obtain her reputation among men and place herself at the forefront of society's attention. In contrast, Mlle. de Tourvel is the epitome of sentimental love, to the point that she can become physically ill if it is not reciprocated. Clearly what separates this work from other romance novels of the 18th century, elevating it to the level of other world masterpieces, is the character of Valmont. He is the heart and soul of this novel in every way possible. One one hand, Valmont is extremely self-assured in his ways, when describing his calculating, rational strategy in courting naive young ladies. On the other hand, he refuses to accept the reality evidenced by his relationship with Mme. de Tourvel that he is not the manipulative libertine that he, and society, consider him to be.Read more ›
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The luckless Queen of France kept a copy of this book, albeit that she had to put a 'false' cover on it for fear of ridicule - one would have thought that she would have been immune. And no wonder that she risked doing this, as this novel is nothing short of extraordinary! It contains every element of the best soap opera - love, hate, betrayal, murder, illicit sex, and every other vice that one associates with that decadent French era. Ah, to be a time traveller and meet these fully fashioned 3-dimensional characters. So go ahead and stamp your passport for a trip into the past, and read a book that is as deep and rich as a 4 layer chocolate cake. You won't gain an ounce, but you will be dizzy from the passion! Bon Voyage and Bon Appetite!
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Those who have not see the movie "Cruel Intentions", it is worth also reading the book, before you run to the video store. It was the 1782 bestseller novel "Les Liaisons Dangeruses" which started it all. Two of most scandalous and controversial people, make a 'bet' on one innocent girls life. The cruel passion, the constant betrayl of these two gifted, wealthy and bored, lead to what could shock your mind. They 'play' with power and only to succseed, even if the innocent must die.
Vicomte de Valmont and Marquise de Merteuil (Sebastian And Kathryn, Cruel Intentions) will take you through their letters of pure evil. Will they sucseed, who will win the bet? Read it and find out your self.
Deffinately 4 stars
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The luckless Queen of France kept a copy of this book,albeit she had to put a 'false' cover on it for fear of ridicule- one would have thought that she would have been immune. And no wonder that she risked doing this,as this novel is nothing short of extraordinary! It contains every element of the best soap opera - love, hate, betrayal, murder, illicit sex,and every other vice that one associates with that decadent French era. Ah,to be a time traveler and meet these fully 3-dimensional characters.So go ahead and stamp your passport for a trip into the past and read a book that is as deep and rich as a 4 layer chocolate cake. You wont't gain an ounce, but you will dizy from the passion ! Bon Voyage and Bon Appetite!
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By Adam Tilove on Oct. 18 2001
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I hate to give this book 4 stars but I have to leave some room at the top. This book is beautiful, evil, heart breaking, touching...It is so damn good. It reads like a cool glass of gatorade on a hot day. Les Liaisons is an epistilary novel which means it is written as a series of letters. De Laclos manages to become each of his characters with such depth and sincerity...wow.
Read this book. Infact, I'm bumping it to five stars.
By they way, Cruel Intentions may be based on Les Liaisons but except for the girl on girl action it is complete garbage.
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