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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Paris is awakening to unprecedented expansion, the future intoxicating, and in keeping with its penchant for excess, the aristocracy is caught up in the mad dash to devour as much of it as it can. The despicable, cunning, conniving, wicked, inutile, gullible characters are definitely not new to any of us, regular fiction readers.

Dangerous Connections, v. 1, 2, 3, 4 by Choderlos de Laclos

The filth is one reason it’s fun, but the reason it’s great ppierre its terrific character insight. Charles Dickens, English novelist, generally considered the greatest of the Victorian era. But check this novel’s history: The famous letter in question repeats the typical excuse you will hear whenever a person in power behaves badly: 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.

Cruel Intentions 2 3. Instead of Clarissa writing for 18 hours a day, what we have hear are short pages, sometimes less letters, of the length that people might actually write to one another, and multiple correspondences, in order to keep the story fresh and told from multiple perspectives. Once publicly exposed in their evil plotting, the main characters are punished.

Archived from the original on Set in 18th century France before the Revolution and written in epistolary form, Les Liaisons dang I love this book to distraction. Vicious and evil to the core, the Marquise and the Vicomte are truly dangerous, and the best villains I have encountered lacllos far in any book. To be honest, I ended up feeling liaieons for her: Or maybe it’s just me being overly sensitive and dramatic, that’s a huge possibility too ; Now, I am in awesome-book-is-over-I-can’t-stop-thinking-about-it mode, where I go about my daily functions like a robot, not seeing, hearing, or understanding anything save what has to do with Les Liaisons.


I wonder, if I had read this book when I was 21 instead of 31, would I have saved myself a good deal of grief concerning relationships?

On the plus side the prose is superb – like eating a large and lacllos box of chocolates. By the way the movie version of this is terrific, featuring the hammy delights of a youngish John Malkovich and the nubile breasts of a younger Uma Thurman. Letitia I’m taking a class on this book with Professor Arnold Weinstein and he recommends the P.

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View all 46 comments. After trial, you’ll get 3 titles each month: The letters are the plot, making this metafiction; their content and their incriminating existence shape and drive the action.

Whereas Richardson uses the technique of letters to provide the reader with a feeling of knowing the protagonist’s true and intimate thoughts, Laclos’ use of this literary device is exactly opposite: Retrieved from ” https: For example, Emma Donoghue listed this book as her no.

This historical romance, perhaps the greatest cloak-and-sword story ever, relates the adventures of four fictional swashbuckling heroes who served the French kings Louis XIII and Louis XIV.

Around the Year i The Kill La Curee By: Once upon a time, a teenaged Kate Winslet The Reader, Titanic, Revolutionary Road received a gift that would leave a lasting impression: My only complaint is that this audiobook was adapted from cassette and there is a spot where you are told to turn the tape over. Selected Adaptations of ‘Dangerous Liaisons’ Notes. The Hunchback of Notre Dame By: The complex moral ambiguities of seduction and revenge make Les Liaisons dangereuses one of the most scandalous and controversial novels in European literature.


It has inspired a large number of critical and analytic commentaries, plays, and films. Valmont decides to not hurry up back to Paris as his former mistress wishes, and decides to share his devious plans for Madame de Tourvel with her by letter. And, although both she and Valmont are duly given their just deserts in the end, one cannot shake off the uncomfortable feeling that the Marquise was punished extra as happens with women who dare colour outside the lines.

K Stone’s very readable translation for Penguin The language is the paramount of sophistication and literary wit.

Dangerous Liaisons by Pierre Choderlos De Laclos – Penguin Books Australia

The 18th century is a tough nut to crack. The end of the libertinage time was the end of an era.

Gustave Flaubert Narrated by: It’ll be soooo much fun for us both; you get to enjoy her, and I get to laugh incessantly as I think about her husband finding out that she’s unchaste. I just feel happy having read this book.

It’ll be way better than being shut up in the country with nothing whatsoever to do! Selma Blair seems to be acting in a different movie – a broad slapstick comedy – but it’s entertaining, and Cecile isn’t taken very seriously in the book either so that works out fine.

Our editors will review what you’ve submitted, and if it meets our criteria, we’ll add it to dangerkus article. View all 10 comments. Jan 30, K. The movie adaptation starring Glenn Close and John Malkovich is visually stunning and very strong, but it nevertheless pales when compared to the original work.