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Bel Ami
     

Bel Ami

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by Guy de Maupassant
 

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Maupassant's second novel, Bel-Ami (1885), is the story of a ruthlessly ambitious young man (Georges Duroy, christened 'Bel-Ami' by his female admirers) making it to the top in fin-de-siecle Paris. It is a novel about money, sex, and power, set against the background of the politics of the French colonization of North Africa. It explores the dynamics of an urban

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Maupassant's second novel, Bel-Ami (1885), is the story of a ruthlessly ambitious young man (Georges Duroy, christened 'Bel-Ami' by his female admirers) making it to the top in fin-de-siecle Paris. It is a novel about money, sex, and power, set against the background of the politics of the French colonization of North Africa. It explores the dynamics of an urban society uncomfortably close to our own and is a devastating satire of the sleaziness of contemporary journalism.

Bel-Ami enjoys the status of an authentic record of the apotheosis of bourgeois capitalism under the Third Republic. But the creative tension between its analysis of modern behaviour and its identifiably late nineteenth-century fabric is one of the reasons why Bel-Ami remains one of the finest French novels of its time, as well as being recognized as Maupassant's greatest achievement as a novelist.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781619491991
Publisher:
Empire Books
Publication date:
12/19/2011
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.38(d)

Meet the Author

Guy de Maupassant naît en 1850. Ces parents divorcent alors qu'il n'a que 11 ans, il vit une enfance plutôt malheureuse. Il combat dans la guerre franco-prussienne et il étudie aussi le droit à Paris.
En 1880, le groupe d'écrivains naturalistes réuni autour de Zola dans sa maison de Médan publie un recueil, Les Soirées de Médan, auquel Guy de Maupassant participe avec sa nouvelle Boule de suif, qui rencontre un vif succès. D'origine normande, Maupassant, fonctionnaire à Paris, mène une vie agitée après la guerre de 1870. Flaubert le forme, le présente à Zola et lui donne l'occasion de collaborer à divers journaux. Il publie son premier roman, Une vie, en 1883. Trois ans après Bel-Ami (1885), Maupassant place en exergue de Pierre et Jean un essai sur "Le roman", où il défend la nécessité de représenter le réel avec vérité mais aussi avec originalité. Son œuvre, d'une incroyable fécondité, lui assure rapidement célébrité et fortune. Cependant, vers la fin des années 1880, sa santé se détériore. Après 1890, Maupassant est atteint de syphilis et meurt le 6 juillet 1893 dans la démence.

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Bel-Ami 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 50 reviews.
Shakespeare527 More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be one of those books that cause me great sadness when I finish it because I'm sad it's over. I miss the characters and wonder what happens next in their lives. Georges is by far one of the most disgusting creatures ever put to paper. Just when you think he can't sink any lower, he does. I thought the characters overall were wonderful and I really liked the fact that this book doesn't resolve into a moral lesson and that the author chose just to show us the characters without trying to preach to us. At the same time, there was so much there that it's a perfect book for a book club or discussion with friends. I found myself wondering how different this story might be if the women in this story were the women of today. Anyway, great book. A note on the upcoming movie: Robert Pattinson as Georges is perfect casting but that's a tall order - he's going to have to work hard to pull this off - Christina Ricci seems a good choice for Clotilde but I'm not sold on Uma as Mme Forestier at all. Nicole Kidman would have been absolutely perfect but what can you do? Also, so-so on Kristen Scott Thomas but she's a great actress so...Anyway, I'm excited to see this great book brought to life (again). Do yourself a favor though - read the book before seeing the movie! It's truly brilliant writing!
sholehCA More than 1 year ago
Slow start; However as the story progressed and developed I could not let it go with out knowing the ending.I am sure the inspired 2010 movie(filming in Budapest Hungary) should be very interesting not to mention Robert Pattinson will play George De Roy.Excellent reading.
ReddTwilight More than 1 year ago
I haven't finished this yet, but I've gotten through a good portion of it and I'm in love. I can see why Robert Pattinson was chosen to play Georges Duroy in the film adaptation. This book is sexy and thrilling. Definitely worth reading!
StonyCreekCT More than 1 year ago
Having read this book during bright college days some 30 years ago for French lit (yes, back in the day when there were core requirements like history, art, & literature), I remember Bel Ami as a great book, vividly depicting Paris, circa 1880. I am now enjoying rereading. This is a first-class book, which should not be missed since the culture it presents is not a far cry from our world today. It is sensual and earthy, looking at social position, money, love, marriage, morality, courage, and athleticism. For those who are interested, the story also reflects bits of Maupassant's life. The story of Georges Duroy could be 2012 as easily as circa 1880. Cheers to Robert Pattinson for being part of this upcoming film version! I consider him to be an amazing young actor, with tremendous talent,range, & charisma, inspiring people to read & to see the films while apparently remaining humble & off the radar. Hope he keeps his head & continues to grow & flourish in his craft. Highly recommend this book.
Nooking-For-A-Good-Book More than 1 year ago
This is a very interesting book, you were transported back in time. I couldn't help but picture Robert Pattinson while reading about Duroy, since he is going to be playing Duroy in the movie. I couldn't put it down. The ending was a bit confusing, I guess I'll wait for the movie to see what that was all about.
contradictionofsorts More than 1 year ago
Maupassant took advantage of his mesmerizing literary capabilities and created a classic dripping with satire. Well thought out and well written, one will find themselves captivated by the beautifully descriptive thoughts and actions, enveloping you whole into a world of deceit and greed, while riding a roller coaster of emotions felt for anybody and everybody. It is not until the end, when the beautifully written book comes to an end, that you are snapped back into reality. Then you fully realize the exposee on the ugly side of society (as well as humans as individuals) has a heavy hand in defining the norms and standards of everyday living.*
ReaderIam More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a book with great characters, this is the book for you. The characters actions are subtle enabling you to read slowly and enjoy human nature. We all know characters like George DuRoy. A ruthless individual who feels he is entitled to bigger and better things in life. He is never satisfied with his possessions once he gets them, which is why I enjoyed reading the book so much. There is never a difinitive moment in the book where you think you have figured himm out. It is ongoing and evolves. Even in the end, there is still more to uncover. The beginning of the book was a bit slow and it took me a while to get involved but the middle and end engaged my intellect. Very thought provoking and great for book club discussions or even just to read for the pure joy of reading.
I-Love-Italy More than 1 year ago
Fantastic story, although this version was summed up.
Naulakha More than 1 year ago
Bel-Ami is most definitely a novel that pertains to our present times. Although it is set in the 1800's in Paris- the story that it weaves, of deceit, financial greed, and sexual desires, runs parallel to many of the stories that headline our news. Money, sex and power, govern the story of an ambitious young man of no particular talent or background, who manages to move up in society by no special means other than that of his alluring sexual charm with women, together with his charismatic influence with men. Using his unyielding and steady pursuit of material gain and acceptance into society- often executed through more than dubious maneuvers- by 'fair means or foul', Bel-Ami becomes a elite and respected member of society. Georges Du Roy (Bel-Ami) will stop at nothing in order to obtain what he perceives as his due. As such, this novel makes for a compelling read- perhaps a Desperate Housewives of the 1880's?
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a very interesting and easy read. The main character Georges Duroy lives the life most men would kill for. After coming from a poor family Duroy finds fame, fortune, and women in the aristocratic city of Paris, France. Duroy gets a job through a friend, with a newspaper. This allows him to make money as well as get his ideas and views out to the masses. Once this occurs Duroy obtains a status of fame, along with making a pretty penny for himself. This then leads to the women, all of them. Duroy goes from paying for sex to having relations with all sorts of women. The first of which, Madame de Marelle, is a beautiful, rich, married woman whom Duroy has an on and off affair throughout the story. He then goes on to remarry his dead bosses wife, the wife of the owner of the newspaper in which he works, and then he moved on to the owners daughter. Needless to say Duroy has many qualities that make him a character to respect and enjoy.
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