Adolphe

Adolphe

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by Benjamin Constant
     
 

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Adolphe is a privileged and refined young man, bored by the stupidity he perceives in the world around him. After a number of meaningless conquests, he at last encounters Ellenore, a beautiful and passionate older woman. Adolphe is enraptured and gradually wears down her resistance to his declarations of love. But as they embark on an intense and tortured affair,

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Adolphe is a privileged and refined young man, bored by the stupidity he perceives in the world around him. After a number of meaningless conquests, he at last encounters Ellenore, a beautiful and passionate older woman. Adolphe is enraptured and gradually wears down her resistance to his declarations of love. But as they embark on an intense and tortured affair, Ellenore gives way to a flood of emotion that only serves to repel her younger lover - yet he cannot bring himself to leave her and his procrastination can only bring tragedy. Partly inspired by Constant's own stormy affair with Madame de Staël, Adolphe (1816) is a penetrating psychological depiction of love that plumbs the depths of the passions, motives and inconsistencies of the human character.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140441345
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/1980
Series:
Penguin Classics Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
506,162
Product dimensions:
5.28(w) x 7.74(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Benjamin Constant de Rebecque, né à Lausanne le 25 octobre 1767, mort à Paris le 8 décembre 1830, inhumé au cimetière du Père-Lachaise, est un romancier, homme politique, et intellectuel français d'origine vaudoise.

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Adolphe 1.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So, you know, if you can read French, by all means, give it a go and let us know if it's worth finding a translation somewhere! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nothing was in english except the description...too bad too because it sounded like it would be really interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nothinng was in Eenglish, obviiously making iit hard to read...