Bel-Ami

Paperback | December 9, 2008

byGuy De MaupassantTranslated byMargaret MauldonEditorRobert Lethbridge

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'His rise testifies to the decline of a whole society.' Jean-Paul SartreMaupassant'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 Frenchcolonization 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 finestFrench novels of its time, as well as being recognized as Maupassant's greatest achievement as a novelist.

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'His rise testifies to the decline of a whole society.' Jean-Paul SartreMaupassant'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 backgrou...

Margaret Mauldon has previously translated Zola, L'Assommoir, Stendhal, The Charterhouse of Parma, Huysmans, Against Nature (winner of the 1999 Scott Moncrieff prize) and Constant, Adolphe for OWC Robert Lethbridge has edited Zola's L'Assommoir and La Debacle for OWC and has written several books on Maupassant and Zola

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.63 inPublished:December 9, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199553939

ISBN - 13:9780199553938

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from A little provocative. The book itself is written very well and I learned a lot of new words while reading it because I had never came across a few. At first, I thought this book was sort of like Fifty Shades of Grey (because of the amount of sex), but soon found out that it was way deeper than I had originally thought. It's very intriguing at times, but also very mundane, too. The ending proves to be confusing and is not exactly written very well (I might add that the storyline just jumps at you because of how fast it proceeds near the end). Nevertheless, though, this was still a good read.
Date published: 2012-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Classic Book with Modern Day tones Paris 1890's, George Duroy is a soldier returned from war & wanting it all. He sees what everyone else has, & he wants it. He screws influential people to get what he wants, literially, having affairs with high society women. Basically sleeping his way to the top. Has already been made into a movie. Was filmed earlier this year and is to be released early 2011, but could be released in December 2010 at select locations for Oscar consideration. Was filmed in Budapest, Hungary & London, England. The cast includes Robert Pattinson, Uma Turman, Christina Ricci & Kristin Scott Thomas. Read script & they kept true to the book....can't wait to see it on screen.
Date published: 2010-06-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A good read Alright so this is the first old fashioned type book that I have read and I enjoyed it,but I feel like I should explain why i wanted to read it so bear with me. The reason why I wanted to read Bel-Ami is because a movie adaptation will be released in 2011 sometime and Robert Pattinson is playing in this movie and I'm a HUGE fan of him so I wanted to do my research on the book. I found that the book itself had an interesting storyline and I thought the charcaters were interesting as well,I will say there was at times really boring parts to it but there was also the good parts as well. Overall the book was good not great but good and I'm still very excited to see the movie.
Date published: 2010-04-11

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`'...anyone proposing to study Bel-Ami in depth would do well to acquire the Oxford translation,given its excellent critical apparatus'well-packaged and affordable''MLR, 97.3