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  • 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: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #171,196 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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Bien que ce livre représente une époque révolue, celle de l'aristocratie française quelques années avant la Révolution, je trouve que Les Liaisons Dangereuses reste toujours d'actualité. En effet, le libertinage reste toujours de mise en haute société, aussi bien dans les salons politiques et monarchiques que dans les milieux artistiques tel Hollywood, tandis que les coups bas et les manipulations continuent d'être employés dans les relations amoureuses et entre groupes d'amis, et ce dans tous les niveaux de classe. Car le grand succès des Liaisons Dangereuses n'est pas seulement de faire une excellente représentation des moeurs aristocratiques, mais c'est aussi une grande histoire où des gens s'entredéchirent dans leurs principes et leurs visions d'eux-mêmes et de leur société alors qu'une femme, La Marquise de Merteuil, parvient à manipuler tous ces personnages dans le seul but d'assouvir ses multiples vengeances. Bien sûr, il y a le Vicomte de Valmont qui parvient à être à la même échelle que la Marquise en termes de méchancetés, mais Madame de Merteuil reste le personnage le plus percutant de ce roman alors que ses pensées, ainsi que celles des autres personnages, se dévoilent au fil de ce récit épistolaire, à travers des lettres présentant des personnages aussi variés que riches en caractère et en principes. Laclos confirme, de par son texte, son talent à démontrer différentes personnalités à travers ces personnages et leurs écrits.Read more ›
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I must admit, I have to force myself to read the "classics" since I am usually drawn to whichever modern book is getting -- or has recently received -- quite a bit of hype from the media. It made for an interesting literary journal to skip from The Corrections to Les Liasons Dangereuses. Beautifully bound and typeset, this edition of Les Liasons Dangereuses tells a twisted story of the plotting and eventual downfall of two young rich lovers whose evil schemes end up getting the best of them. If you are like me, you may have read this novel after you had seen films based on this 18th century French novel (including -- but not limited to -- 1988's Dangerous Liaisons with Glenn Close and John Malkovich, 1989's Valmont with Annette Bening and Colin Firth, or even 1999's Cruel Intentions with Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon). If you enjoyed these movies, reading the original book -- as is the case in most see-the-movie-then-read-the-book situtations -- will only heighten your appreciation for Pierre C. De Laclos' artful, and at times erotic, storytelling.
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When I read Choderlos de Laclos' 1782 novel, "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" (which retains its French title in the 1961 English translation by P W K Stone), I found myself amazed and thrilled by its absolute excellence of execution. Its energy and spirit, and the seductive and machiavellian - perhaps even diabolical - undertones which whisper throughout the work, urge the reader ever onwards in the best page-turning tradition. It is possibly not for nothing that the book itself was eventually decreed 'dangerous' by French officials a full 42 years after it first appeared, long after it might have been expected to have lost its ability to shock. Even if you have seen the films "Dangerous Liaisons" (dir. Steven Frears) or "Valmont" (dir. Milos Forman) based on the book - and whether or not you liked them - this is an outstandingly good novel which is beautifully served by the precise and graceful prose of its translator, whose subtle range of diction manages to convey the tones and tempers of the characters most convincingly. The written story's chief virtues - a compelling narrative drive, and a skill in characterisation which permit some superbly-observed insights - easily withstand comparison with the screen versions; even today, when we are so fully exposed to the diverse secrets of the psychiatrist's confessional and the details of all the world's vicissitudes and miseries, it would be hard to improve on their portrayal here in print.
The book succeeds so well for many reasons.
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When I read Choderlos de Laclos' 1782 novel, "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" (which retains its French title in the 1961 English translation by P W K Stone), I found myself amazed and thrilled by its absolute excellence of execution. Its energy and spirit, and the seductive and machiavellian - perhaps even diabolical - undertones which whisper throughout the work, urge the reader ever onwards in the best page-turning tradition. It is possibly not for nothing that the book itself was eventually decreed 'dangerous' by French officials a full 42 years after it first appeared, long after it might have been expected to have lost its ability to shock. Even if you have seen the films "Dangerous Liaisons" (dir. Steven Frears) or "Valmont" (dir. Milos Forman) based on the book - and whether or not you liked them - this is an outstandingly good novel which is beautifully served by the precise and graceful prose of its translator, whose subtle range of diction manages to convey the tones and tempers of the characters most convincingly. The story's chief virtues - a compelling narrative drive, and a skill in characterisation which permit some superbly-observed insights - easily withstand comparison with the screen versions; even today, when we are so fully exposed to the diverse secrets of the psychiatrist's confessional and the details of the all world's vicissitudes and miseries, it would be hard to improve on their portrayal here in print.
The book succeeds so well for many reasons.
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