Camille

Camille

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by Alexandre Dumas fils
     
 

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Marguerite Gautier is the most beautiful, brazen—and expensive—courtesan in all of Paris. Despite being ill with consumption, she lives a glittering, moneyed life of nonstop parties and aristocratic balls and savors every day as if it were her last.

Into her life comes Armand Duval. Young, handsome, and recklessly headstrong, he is hopelessly in love

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Marguerite Gautier is the most beautiful, brazen—and expensive—courtesan in all of Paris. Despite being ill with consumption, she lives a glittering, moneyed life of nonstop parties and aristocratic balls and savors every day as if it were her last.

Into her life comes Armand Duval. Young, handsome, and recklessly headstrong, he is hopelessly in love with Marguerite, but not nearly rich enough. Yet Armand is Marguerite’s first true love, and against her better judgment, she throws away her upper-class lifestyle for him. But as intense as their love for each other is, it challenges a reality that cannot be denied.…

This Signet Classics version is the only available paperback edition of Camille, a story as old as time and as timeless as love itself.

Translated by Sir Edmond Gosse, with an Introduction by Toril Moi

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“One of the greatest love stories in the world.”—Henry James

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ISBN-13:
9780451529206
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/06/2004
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
567,198
Product dimensions:
4.19(w) x 6.88(h) x 0.79(d)
Age Range:
18 - 17 Years

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“One of the greatest love stories in the world.”—Henry James

Meet the Author

Alexandre Dumas fils (1824–95) was the illegitimate son of a Belgian seamstress and the famed novelist Alexandre Dumas. He was educated in several Parisian private schools and the Collège Bourbon. The elder Dumas acknowledged him as his natural son and for some time made him his constant companion. In 1847, the younger Dumas published his first novel, Adventures of Four Women and a Parrot, followed a year later by Camille (The Lady of the Camellias), and ten other novels over the next decade. Following the great success of the dramatic version of Camille, Dumas was gradually drawn away from the novel to the stage. He was elected to the French Academy in 1874 and continued to produce a long line of successful plays until his death.

Toril Moi is James B. Duke Professor of Literature and Romance Studies at Duke University. Widely known for her work on feminist theory, she is the author of Sexual/Textual Politics; What Is a Woman?; and Simone de Beauvoir: The Making of an Intellectual Woman. The editor of The Kristeva Reader and French Feminist Thought, she recently published a book on Henrik Ibsen.

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Camille 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
dholland08 More than 1 year ago
I love Camille and I can't recommend it enough. It's become one of my favorite books. I had seen the Greta Garbo movie version of Camille, and I can honestly say that the novel is more heartbreaking. Alexandre Dumas fils's writing was excellent and his tale of thwarted love is timeless. Camille is set in 1840s Paris. A young courtesan, Marguerite Gautier, has died and although she was once the most sought-after courtesan in Paris she died of consumption without any of her rich friends or benefactors by her side. It seems everyone has forgotten Marguerite except for Armand Duval, a young man who has countless camellias sent to her grave. The novel goes back to when Armand and Marguerite were in love and willing to risk everything to be together. Fate got in the way and led to the beautiful courtesan's dying alone. The writing style was interesting and very well done. Much like in Wuthering Heights and The Great Gatsby, the narrator was a minor character who played little part in the action. In fact, the narrator of Camille didn't even have a name. Also like Wuthering Heights, the narration changes hand when Armand tells the story of him and Marguerite and part of the novel is also told from Margeurite's perspective. Dumas had these stories within stories so skillfully that the different voices never felt forced. Camille is a classic you should definitely read. Just be prepared with a box of tissues.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was fnatastic, and Alexandre Dumas fils proves himself to be just as good a writer as his father. A must for any romantic and for anyone who loved Moulin Rouge. A classic tragic love story. READ IT! p.s. if you haven't seen moulin rouge and love this book rent the movie, they're fantastically similar. OR if you loved Moulin rouge, read this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Son of Alexandre Dumas pere, Camille is a novel as well as a play. It is by far the best story of its kind, lending a sentimentality to the heart of a woman stereotyped by society as being immoral and heartless. Camille is a touching story about a love that has often existed in literature but has not had the same effecting poignancy. A must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a gift.