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Guy de Maupassant
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This is a story of a basically unexeptional young man who climbs to the top of Parisien society by demonstrating the truth of "it's not what you now but who you know". Specifically he uses his attractiveness to women to seduce the wives of colleagues and aquaintances and through them to influence their husbands. George Duroy has an inflated idea of his abilities and a sense that he is entitled to wealth and power, not through talent and hard work, but because it is due to him. I think we all know of people who use their attractiveness to manipulate those around them. George is an extreme case, and unlike most stories bad behaviour does not lead to his downfall and he does not get his comeuppance, which is what makes this such a good read. The only relationship that i felt did not ring true was George's seduction of Mme. Walter, which is why I didn't give 5 stars.
It came exactly as described from the seller, and was at such a great price!!! I love this version, as it has all these extras to really help you understand the novel, especially for those who aren't native French speakers. Such a wonderful novel in a wonderful presentation at an unbeatable price!
I must start confessing that Maupassant is one of my favorite writers. There is nothing that he has written that I wouldn't recommend. This novel is one of his very best works which highlights his skills as a writer and observer of human nature. It is amazing how the novel starts with the introduction of a character which manages to manipulate the reader into liking him. Maupassant's insight into France's aristocratic social life makes the reader feel present in every event and just like all characters of the book are deceived by Bell Ami, so is the reader - there are no survivors to a man whose mission is selfishness. For anyone that wants to challenge his/her way of thinking about human nature - this is the book.
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