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Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2008

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    This book is so good, its written in episoltory form and its so much more intriguing than it would be had it been a regular narration. You may not think that you can fully understand a story through letters passed among characters, but you can and it almost seems easier to understand. The book becomes slow moving towards the middle, but once the three main characteristics are introduced the story takes off again. Simply put this book is a great read!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 17, 2010

    Alrighty! Classic for a reason.

    Great study in narcissism. I mean, wonderfully vile people. Manipulative, self-absorbed characters who have not a single care in the world for the damage they're causing. They want their own entertainment and these little games are their diversions from the ennui of the French aristocracy. It's horrible how they take delight in deliberately inflicting misery upon others, and only for their own distraction. Don't we call that evil?

    Anyway, it'll keep you turning pages. My only complaint is the format. It's over 600 pages of letters, so you don't get a whole lot of setting or ambiance. Character development is the key feature on this one. One more complaint. Everyone sounds very similar. It's like everyone has the same speech patterns, or writing patterns since these are letters. Everyone must have used the same dictionary, because they all have the same vocabulary too. Pay attention and the letters draw out subtle nuances of each character, though.

    I think this needs to be on every high school required reading list.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2002

    Entertaining Reading

    An excellent book for those looking to escape unbelievable or inanely moral works of literature. This book is formatted in the chronology of letters, which creates very realistic characters and sweeps the reader through time and place to 18th century France. Laclos does well to make his book seem like an accurate documentation of an event that actually took place, and unbeknownst to him, the book also tells a tale of just how wickedly bored the French aristocracy was prior to the French Revolution. A few times the book dawdles on and, as is common in books written prior to the 20th century, the emotional health of the female characters becomes irritatingly melodramatic. When I finished, however, I was pleased at having read this work, and greatly amused at the humorous and surprising fate of the evil Madame de Merteuil.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2001

    A Tangled Web Woven

    I just finished this book last night, and I only wish I hadn't seen the movie adaptations so that I'd be a little more intrigued. Written entirely in the format of letters sent between characters, Laclos gives each one his/her own identity. The subtle humour is fantastic; particularly with regards towards Madame de Merteuil at the end of the book. A bit tedious here and there, but most letters are.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2000

    If you like dirty French novels....

    You'll love this! This epistolary novel depicts the fascinating and rather creepy relationship of the Marquise de Mertuil and her former lover the Vicomte de Valmont. They amuse themselves by entangling with various members of the opposite sex, each trying to best the other. A compelling read, that as Andre Gide said, has 'much more instruction on morals than many a well-intentioned treatise.'

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2004

    woman plays and looses

    Very Erotical, old story how guys can get away with everythingthing

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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