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Young, attractive and very ambitious, George Duroy, known to his friends as Bel-Ami, is offered a job as a journalist on La Vie francaise and soon makes a great success of his new career. But he also comes face to face with the realities of the corrupt society in which he lives - the sleazy colleagues, the manipulative mistresses and wily financiers - and swiftly learns to become an arch-seducer, blackmailer and social climber in a world where love is only a means to an end. Written when Maupassant was at the height of his powers, Bel-Ami is a novel of great frankness and cynicism, but it is also infused with the sheer joy of life - depicting the scenes and characters of Paris in the belle epoque with wit, sensitivity and humanity.
Edition: Penguin classic.
ISBN: 9780140443158
Branch Call Number: MAUPA
Characteristics: 415 p.


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Dec 21, 2016

Very much a plot driven novel, and rather dramatic. Very few moments of reflection or acute observation. Among the best parts is on pages 140 to143, but such insights are no more to be found. What is really astonishing is that Georges behaves exactly like a cunning social climbing woman - a type which is still celebrated in the modern women's subculture - and all the women he uses are shocked and appalled!

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