Bel Ami

Bel Ami

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by Guy De Maupassant
     
 

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Bel Ami was written by Guy De Maupassant and first published in 1885. This classic story of a ruthlessly ambitious young man (Georges Duroy, christened "Bel-Ami" by his female admirers) making it to the top in fin-de-sihcle 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

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Bel Ami was written by Guy De Maupassant and first published in 1885. This classic story of a ruthlessly ambitious young man (Georges Duroy, christened "Bel-Ami" by his female admirers) making it to the top in fin-de-sihcle 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 behavior 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.

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ISBN-13:
2940015728835
Publisher:
EuroClassic
Publication date:
11/19/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
516 KB

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Bel Ami 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a newer version, which I found to be a very easy and enjoyable read. Yes...I read it because of the upcoming movie, but this is well worth the read.
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Shannon Artigiani More than 1 year ago
This book is one of my all time favorites!
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I was so excited for this to arrive in the mail, but was kind of disappointed when it came. The cover is very nice, but the photographs inside are cheap looking and not even in color. I'm still happy I bought this, as I am an avid Robert Pattinson fan, but I wish I got a better product for my money.
Jamoliso More than 1 year ago
The main character is a complete douche, I loved hating him as he climbed the social ladder acting like a complete ladies man.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMFG Robert pattinson plays the lead and its gonna be AMAZING! luv u rob
twilightreader More than 1 year ago
I like Robert Pattinson so I thought I would read this before the movie comes out. The story is ok but not much action or real romance. Not much meat to the story and the end is abrupt. I think Uma and Rob will make this movie better than the book.