A new translation of one of the most notorious novels of all time Published just years before the French Revolution, Laclos’s great novel of. Dangerous Liaisons, novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, first published in as Les Liaisons dangereuses. The work, also translated as Dangerous. Project Gutenberg · 58, free ebooks · 2 by Choderlos de Laclos. Dangerous Connections, v. 1, 2, 3, 4 by Choderlos de Laclos. No cover.

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It seems that during this spot part of the text of the book was missed. If you prefer to suggest your own revision of the article, you can go to edit mode requires login. View all chdoerlos comments. But there are a few weird gems that slip through the cracks: Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.

She has to be a hypocrite in order to enjoy life as she wants, she has to bow down to social norms imposed on women and manoeuvre within these restrictions, or lose all.

It’s going to be awesome!! Choderlos de Laclos certainly is a perf Oh the painful brilliance of these letters! Jealous, Merteuil tricks him into deserting Madame de Tourvel—and reneges on her promise of spending the night with him.

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Thank You for Your Contribution! Both she and Valmont are equally cruel, equally decadent, equal libertines, equally in love with themselves, they share the same principles and ideas, the same cynicism, etc.

But apart from the elaborated style and the amusing display of strategic tactics which thread the story, one can’t miss the allusion to the thin line of liaisonz morally right or wrong. She escapes their persecution with the help of Mr.

It is flowery and vague at times but I find it strangely different, thus interesting, compared the standard style of our contemporary novelists. The letters are the plot, making this metafiction; their content and their incriminating existence shape and drive the action. His performance is very good, but the audiobook is structured VERY poorly. ParisFrance. It depicts a decadent and corrupt aristocracy exposing the perversions of the so-called Ancien Regime.

And for all their evilness, those two really and truly comprehended human nature and, when taken out of context, wrote some truly beautiful passages on love, character and relationships. They say a lot on paper; they say more between the lines. The evil, jealous Marquise de Merteuil challenges her lover, the Vicomte de Valmont, to break up with a virtuous lady he has seduced as part of a cruel entertainment.


And, I am sure this will raise eyebrows, I find her actually more sympathetic than Valmont. This makes him appear less innately evil, and thus–perhaps paradoxically–more thoroughly damned. Forget Iago, these two are devil incarnates; very Machiavellian.

A mind-blowing passage illustrates that the Marquise de Merteuil – one of the most impressive villains of French literature – fuels her rotten passions with the frustration of being a woman with a man’s character and appetites in a man’s world. I just feel happy having read this book. She presents a front of kindness and virtue as she distills a stronger venom than any man, who’s social position would never be endangered by their libertine daliances.

The English novel of the 18th century was less subtle, more…. This edition, translated by Thomas Moore, Download links are just below the donate button Book Description: I already knew then that the role I was condemned to, namely to keep quiet and do what I was told, gave me the perfect opportunity to listen and observe.

But, I think that like the innocent characters in the book, I wouldn’t have understood it at the time.

It has been argued that the novel thus caught a doomed aristocracy distracted by decadent and libertine ways that would soon be its undoing.

In my opinion, it’s incredible that a novel written more than years ago, might chlderlos stir deep emotions in those who can invest a moment of their time to think about the possible reasons that led a man like M.

Dangerous Liaisons

Victor Hugo Narrated by: I dangerouz a virtuoso of deceit. The Marquise wants to humiliate Gercourt by corrupting his innocent bride-to-be with the help of another former lover, the Vicomte oaclos Valmont – a notorious Casanova.

The exhibition is splendid. Their cruel amusements soon looses their edge to become a horrifying symptom of a much deeper an subtler suffering that the one those seducers inflict on others. Sex for them is dangeros intrigue of shared espionage. Everyone knows Fragonard and his gallant paintings.

This should have been edited out. I’m a rainbows-and-sunshine type of girl who delights in happily-ever-afters and evil villains redeemed, but as Les Liaisons dangereuses is not a fluffy historical romance where all’s well that ends well, the ending, I must admit, greatly affected me and left me more than a little distressed. I am happy I did.


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We learn that the Vicomte de Valmont can enjoy a philanthropic pleasure while failing to appreciate its intrinsic value, seeing it merely as one step on the path of Madame de Tourvel’s seduction. Les liaisons dangereuses By: Come back, my dear Vicomte, come back.

Choderlos de Laclos certainly is a perfect example of the “good old times” that were not really better, and that featured the same hateful, jealous, treacherous, spiteful characters, happy to engage in intrigues and dangerous games with high stakes, always exposed to the threat of publication of written evidence.

The book, in contrast does not so much dwell on as wallow in the detail and to the modern reader it does drag, particularly in the middle; and it beggars belief somewhat that people wrote such long, articulate and closely argued letters to one another. As Candide witnesses calamity upon calamity, he becomes disillusioned and discovers that all is not always for the best This is a great story.

On her part, she also undertakes the seduction of Danceny, the man she loves and that loves the girl in return.

Collins, in his great work, created the guidelines for the genre as we know it today: The Vicomte de Valmont is determined to seduce the virtuous, married, and therefore inaccessible Madame de Tourvel, who is staying with Valmont’s aunt while her husband is away on a court case. The marquee of Me Dangerous Liaisons is a rangerous presented in epistolary form, entirely composed of paclos hundred and seventy five letters.

En fait, un bon livre, c’est comme une bonne paire de chaussures.