Manon Lescaut

Manon Lescaut

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by Abbe Prevost
     
 

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"'The sweetness of her glance - or rather, my evil star already in its ascendant and drawing me to my ruin - did not allow me to hesitate for a moment...'" "So begins the story of Manon Lescaut, a tale of passion and betrayal, of delinquency and misalliance, which moves from early eighteenth-century Paris - with its theatres, assemblies, and gaming-houses - via prison…  See more details below

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"'The sweetness of her glance - or rather, my evil star already in its ascendant and drawing me to my ruin - did not allow me to hesitate for a moment...'" "So begins the story of Manon Lescaut, a tale of passion and betrayal, of delinquency and misalliance, which moves from early eighteenth-century Paris - with its theatres, assemblies, and gaming-houses - via prison and deportation to a tragic denouement in the treeless wastes of Louisiana. It is one of the great love stories, and also one of the most enigmatic: how reliable a witness if Des Grieux, Manon's lover, whose tale he narrates? Is Manon a thief and a whore, the image of love itself, or a thoroughly modern woman? Prevost is careful to leave the ambiguities unresolved, and to lay bare the disorders of passion." This new translation includes the vignette and eight illustrations that were approved by Prevost and first published in the edition of 1753.

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ISBN-13:
9781934169391
Publisher:
Norilana Books
Publication date:
12/09/2006
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.39(d)

Meet the Author

Antoine-Francois Prevost was born in 1697. Educated by the Jesuits, he entered the army, later returning to the Jesuits, before becoming a Benedictine monk with the congregation of Saint-Maur. However, his taste for the wordly life led him to flee the cloister in 1728 after which he spent the next six years in exile in Holland. He began writing in 1728 and Mamon Lescaut casued a sensation on its publication in 1731. He died in 1763.

Leonard Tancock was a Fellow of University College, London until his death in 1986. He translated many works from French for the Penguin Classics.

Jean Sgard is a Professor of French Literature at the Stendhal University in Grenoble.

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Manon Lescaut 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
WendySiera More than 1 year ago
A grand adventure set in an interesting time period. I had been curious about the portrayal of life in the very earliest days of Louisiana from the then contemporary French point of view, why it would be someplace to escape to and how hard or wonderful that might turn out to be, especially as a plot element. Of course, wrapping this adventure around a tortured love story doesn't hurt either. I also thought it would make an interesting movie, either as a period piece, or something entirely transposed to the modern world---like Clueless did with Jane Austen's Emma. Of course, Manon Lescaut's been done in a million versions across the centuries since it was published, but I think it could be once again fresh and exciting. Any filmmakers out there?