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GUY DE MAUPASSANT (1853), est né au château de Miromesnil, dans la commune de.

GUY DE MAUPASSANT (1853), est né au château de Miromesnil, dans la commune de.

Bel-Ami (Oxford World's Classics). History & Fiction.

A selection of Maupassant's brilliant, glittering stories set in the Parisian beau monde and Normandy countryside. Introducing Little Black Classics: 80 books for Penguin's 80th birthday. Bel-Ami (Oxford World's Classics).

Translated by. MARGARET MAULDON. While it is inevitably situated in the shadow of that tradition, the originality of Bel-Ami lies in its reconfiguration of the themes and structures of the classic nineteenth-century realist novel.

by Guy de Maupassant First published 1885. Showing 1-30 of 743. Bel-Ami (Paperback). Published November 30th 1975 by Penguin Books. Paperback, 416 pages.

De Maupassant is an amazing writer and knows how to bring this character to life

De Maupassant is an amazing writer and knows how to bring this character to life. I also found the setting of the story-Paris in the second half of the nineteenth century-quite interesting from a historical perspective. I could read it again.

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Bel Ami is the second novel by French author Guy de Maupassant, with an English translation titled Bel Ami, or, The History of a Scoundrel. The story chronicles journalist Georges Duroy's corrupt rise to power from a poor ex-NCO to one of the most successful men in Paris, most of which he achieves by manipulating a series of powerful, intelligent, and wealthy mistresses. It tells the story of Georges Duroy, who has spent three years in military service in Algeria. After working for six months as a clerk in Paris, an encounter with his former comrade, Forestier, enables him to start a career as a journalist.

Henri René Albert Guy de Maupassant (UK: /ˈmoʊpæsɒ̃/, US: /ˈmoʊpəsɒnt, ˌmoʊpəˈsɒ̃/; French: ; 5 August 1850 – 6 July 1893) was a 19th-century French author, remembered as a master of the short story form, and as a representative of . .

Henri René Albert Guy de Maupassant (UK: /ˈmoʊpæsɒ̃/, US: /ˈmoʊpəsɒnt, ˌmoʊpəˈsɒ̃/; French: ; 5 August 1850 – 6 July 1893) was a 19th-century French author, remembered as a master of the short story form, and as a representative of the Naturalist school, who depicted human lives and destinies and social forces in disillusioned and often pessimistic terms.

Duroy is also introduced to many politicians in Madame Forestier’s drawing-room. Duroy becomes the lover of Forestiers' friend Mme de Marelle, another influential woman. Duroy later tries to seduce Madeleine Forestier to get even with her husband, but she repulses Duroy’s sexual advances and offers that they become true friends without ulterior motives

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Guy De Maupassant (1850-1893), if "Bel-Ami" is any indication, must rank as one of the best writers in the history of the western world. Born in Normandy in 1850, Maupassant became a disciple of the French author Flaubert early in life. Guy quit his job with the civil service after publishing his first short story, "Boule de Suif" in 1880. What followed was a phenomenal flurry of 250 short stories and six novels before his premature death from syphilis in 1893. During his short life, Maupassant helped to form the "groupe de Medan," a loosely knit group of naturalist writers headed by Emile Zola. He also worked as a journalist, covering such important events as the French campaigns in Algeria and Tunisia. A hard worker when it came to writing, Maupassant also possessed a zest for life, including a love for the ladies that eventually killed him.
"Bel-Ami" is hardly an original premise. How many books written through the years discuss the idea of a rural man heading to the city to make it big? That is exactly what happens with this book in the form of main character Georges Duroy. After a five-year stint in the French army, Duroy moves to Paris to make his fortune. Regrettably, Duroy is languishing in a lowly job as a railroad clerk until he meets his old army buddy Forestier. From this point forward, Georges is on the fast track to success. Forestier gets him a job at a scandal rag named "La Vie Francaise" where Georges rapidly ascends the ranks from lowly reporter to chief editor. Along the way, Duroy engages in all sorts of amorous adventures with women both high and low on the Paris social register. By the time the story ends, Georges is within sight of the highest positions in French society, all accomplished through sheer cunning and social maneuvering.
There are so many themes running through this sordid tale of the decadent Third Republic that it is impossible to adequately describe them all here. The introduction to this Penguin edition, written by translator Douglas Parmee, does a good job of showing how incidents in Maupassant's life appear in the character of Georges Duroy. The protagonist's rural background, his experience in France's North African expeditions, his work as a reporter and the subsequent expose of the seediness of journalism, the numerous affairs, the social positioning, and the philosophical musings on death are all expressions of Maupassant's personality and activities. I do hope, however, that Maupassant was not as big of a cad as Georges Duroy because this character may be one of the biggest jerks in the history of literature.
You cannot help but hate Duroy. He has little self-control except when he realizes that holding off on a conquest might mean self-advancement. Georges takes his mistress to the same theater where he picks up prostitutes, takes money from people without paying them back, corrupts women of high moral standards, sleeps with his boss's wife, seduces his boss's daughter, and physically assaults his mistress. There is just no way to sympathize with this guy, and the fact that he gains riches and fame is particularly galling to anyone with any sense of decency. But that is the message De Maupassant is trying to convey; that the complete decadence of French society during this time allows the likes of Duroy to succeed, and to succeed with a smile. Witness the scene towards the end of the book when Walter, Duroy's boss, grudgingly accedes his daughter to Georges's slimy scheme. "He will go far," says Walter, with more respect for Duroy's distasteful achievement than disdain for his lack of morals.
Another theme in the book, and one that runs through the pages like a 400-pound gorilla, is hypocrisy. The propensities for backstabbing, lying, and blatant disregard for self-realization in "Bel-Ami" is laugh out loud astonishing. These are shallow, manipulative people without a shred of decency, and Maupassant never passes up an opportunity to expose these despicable people. The hypocritical stance of the characters and situations often vie with powerfully descriptive passages of Paris and the French countryside, which are truly beautiful to read and have probably accounted for thousands of tourist trips to that country. The characters in "Bel-Ami" may be of no account morally, but they move and live in an environment of unsurpassed beauty.
Maupassant's knowledge of his own impending death weighs heavily in the story. Two sections highlight his musings on mortality: the monologue of the poet Norbert de Varenne and the death of Forestier. For the author, his slow deterioration from a disease made death a daily reality. What seemed to worry De Maupassant the most about death was not punishment from God but the idea of nothingness and being forgotten by the living. Of course, death makes no impression on Georges Duroy, who experiences only a moderate twinge over the passing of Forestier before making a play for that man's wife in order to improve his social position.
I am elated that I discovered this author. Guy De Maupassant is a brilliant writer whose early death robbed the world of a great talent. Although his short stories are considered some of the best ever written, do not pass by this novel. I have rarely seen an author who can write about mundane, daily situations with as much aplomb (see the scene about the fencing party as a prime example). De Maupassant's masterful abilities make this ordinary plot strikingly original and I will revisit this author again in the future. You should too.
I really enjoyed the novel, although it is long and at times I wondered if I'd finish. It seemed to bog down in places, and I didn't pick it up for a long time. Fortunately those places were few. I've read that de Maupassant is like a chronicler of the 3rd Republic of France. I even did a short study of the 5 French republics. The novel is very captivating in the beginning, and thanks to my built in dictionary I was able to read the novel more easily. If you want to read a good novel that describes this time period well, I highly recommend this novel. "Bel Ami" is an attractive man who seems to have no trouble seducing women. In the beginning, however, working in a dead beat job, it's a former army buddy from the French conflict in Algeria who helps him out of the slumps by finding him a job in a sleazy newspaper. This, and his relationships with certain women help advance his position in society. During the novel France also gets involved in a conflict with Morocco, which lands a few friends of Bel Ami and himself a fortune. This is the 3rd republic's colonial phase. I don't suppose it's much different than the US. I've read Chaney made a fortune of Gulf War II.
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.
I am glad I found this affordable version for my Kindle. The story grabs you right from the first page. It's an easy read and an interesting story. I am sure the movie version will be VERY steamy whereas of course the book isn't.... it leaves it all up to your imagination.
Not sure if this is a condensed version or not because I cannot speak or read French, but I did thoroughly enjoy this story. The first version I bought for Kindle was only $1.99 and was definitely a watered down version. I got about 50% through it and decided to check around and sure enough this version has all the juicy details I missed in the first go around. Even know I know the movie won't be nearly as good (they usually never are), I am looking forward to it.
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.
Bel Ami (Folio) (French Edition) download epub
Author: Guy De Maupassant
ISBN: 2070368653
Category: No category
Language: French
Publisher: Gallimard French (1976)