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1902. A Frontispiece and numerous other portraits with descriptive notes by Octave Uzanne.

Written by the son of Alexandre Dumas, The Lady of the Camellias is the story of Marguerite Gautier, a young courtesan, or kept woman, in Paris in the mid 1800's, and how she falls in love with a young man, Armand Duval, and then tries to escape from her questionable past.

Hardcover, 382 pages
Published September 10th 2010 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1848)
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Petra X
May 05, 2015 Petra X rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, reviewed
Quite good and similar to Zola's Nana in many ways, although, good storytellers as they were, neither Dumas Papa or Dumas Fils were in Zola's league.

What happens to the pretty girl who trades off her looks for money when she is past her sell-by date? Then she has to hope the man who always loved her will stump up the cash she needs so badly despite her constant rejection when she was at the top of the game and judged him too poor to supply her with the luxuries she felt entitled to. And hope he
sweet jane
Apr 21, 2016 sweet jane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Η Μαργαρίτα Γκοτιέ είναι μια εταίρα πολυτελείας. Τον πλούσιο και θορυβώδη βίος της θα διακόψει ο έρωτας, όταν θα γνωρίσει ένα νεαρό ονόματι Αρμάνδο Ντιβάλ. Οι δύο νεοι θα αγαπηθούν παράφορα, αλλά το παρελθόν του ενός θα γίνει εμπόδιο για το μέλλον του άλλου.

"Η κυρία με τις καμέλιες" δεν είναι μόνο μια καταραμένη ιστορία αγάπης, αλλά και ένα σαφέστατο παράδειγμα για το πως η κοινωνία δεν συγχωρεί τα παραστρατημένα παιδιά της. Ο έρωτας, η αγάπη και η συγχώρεση είναι έννοιες μικρές, μηδαμινές μπροσ
Sep 11, 2015 Ahmed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
غادة الكاميليا وجمال غادة الكاميليا . روايه تخرجك من مزاج سئ وواقع اسود . روايه تضحك وتبكيك . تسعدك وتحزنك . روايه تمثل البساطه والعنف . تمثل الحلم والواقع . كل ذلك واكثر فى خليط مميز يسحرك ويجبرك على السمو والعظمه . شعور رائع بعد قرائتها

غادة الكامليا هي من تلك الروايات التي تستحق وصف (الرواية الطفرة) ففيها ترى قصة فريدة في حينها , وتندمج فيها وتعشقها , هي رواية عن الحب , عن ذلك الشعور اللإرادي الذي ينتابنا تجاه أشخاص قد لا تربطنا بهم أي صلة , هي رواية تحبها وتحب شخوصها.
Mar 26, 2012 Lena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I never thought I would love a book with a theme like that so much.But I did.Such a beautiful,heart-breaking love story.Truly sad and realistic.I found the writing style truly mesmerizing, not at all austere on the contrary very easy to read.The way the story is built,in rewind, made me incredibly curious to find out more about this story.The scene in the cemetery where Armando sees the corpse of Margarita is one of the most powerful ones in literature.Pretty amazing and horrifying.The character ...more
May 06, 2009 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
"Once I had a little dog who used to look at me with sad eyes when I coughed: he was the only living creature I have ever loved."

Huda Aweys
بعيد عن القصة الحقيقية ووقائعها .. ما اقدرش افصل عليها كحكاية واقعية و حقيقية فعلا بكل تفاصيلها زي ماذكرها الكاتب .. لأن الكاتب هو واحد كان بيحبها فبالتالي اكيد ماكتبش عنها بموضوعية او حيادية زي ما هو منتظر ..، عشان كده و على حسب المكتوب .. اقدر اقول اني تفهمت لأزمة بطلة الحكاية (زي ماصورها الكاتب) ولاحتياجاتها طبعا ، و اللي هي كانت حقيقي اعمق من كل الظواهر اللي كانت بتحف بيها .. واللي كانت روحانية و معنوية اكتر ماهي حسية
Dec 28, 2009 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic
I wish people could still express themselves the way they do in the classics.
After I got a few chapters in, I really couldn't put this book down, which is unusual for me, for the genre. The story is such a train wreck of emotion and life that that must be why it pulls the heartstrings of so many people. It is all so raw.
I liked the author's choice to make it a story told by Armond after the fact, so he was remembering it exactly, but could see it all in a big picture view, the beginning, and w
Nov 13, 2012 Samantha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, classics
I love Camille and I can't recommend it enough. It's become one of my favorite books. I had seen the Greta Garbo movie version of Camille and I can honestly say that the novel is more heartbreaking. Alexandre Dumas fils's writing was excellent and his tale of thwarted love is timeless.

Camille is set in 1840s Paris. A young courtesan, Marguerite Gautier, has died and although she was once the most sought-after courtesan in Paris she died of consumption without any of her rich friends or benefact
Dec 20, 2014 Afshar rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
در مورد این کتاب گفته شده که بعد نوشتن کتاب،بیشتر زنان اشراف زاده پاریسی برا الکساندر دوما(پسر) گل فرستادند
این داستان بر اساس زندگی واقعی مادام کاملیا زنی روسپی و آرمان دوال جوانی از خانواده ای آبرومند نوشته شده است.
مادام كامليا يك دختر جوان فقير است كه از زادگاهش كوچ ميكند و راهي پاريس مي شود تا خوشبختي را در آنجا پيدا كند. اما مشقت و سختي هاي زندگي او را به انتخابي نادرست مي كشاند و در اوج جواني تبديل به

نوشتن این داستان توسط دومای پسر شاید جنبه روانی هم داشته باشد
چون خود پسر نامشروع الكسان
May 20, 2013 فاتن rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

قبل مايقارب الثلاثة عشرة عاما، كنت قد قرأت مذكرات مارغريت في خاتمة كتاب العبرات للمنفلوطي
وعلى الرغم من حداثة تجربتي بالأدب العالمي -لحداثة سني وقتذاك-
وبالرغم من صعوبة أسلوب المنفلوطي في صوغ عباراته -حيث كنت ربيبة لفن الكوميكس-
إلا أنني رغم هذا وذاك بكيت بكاء مرا على مارغريت، ترك آثارا في الصفحة الأخيرة من الكتاب

وقد عزوت ذلك لمراهقتي ومايصاحبها من رهافة حس وغشيان الرؤية الرومانسية الحالمة على الرؤية الواقعية للحياة

وكنت واهمة لأن الأعراض السابقة عرضت لي الآن في ختام الكتاب، وأنا في زعمي أكثر
Sara Alhooti
May 18, 2011 Sara Alhooti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
قرأت الكتاب في 3 ساعات تقريبا وأنهيته
لم استطع تركه
أو أخذ استراحة بسيطة
لـ أنه كفيلم لا يمكن تجزأته

رواية رائعة
في ـها حزن يختبىء خلف الكبرياء
في ـها قلب امرأة يبكي خلف الستار
وروح تذبل حتى الموت

ترجمة رائعة
نص انساني .. صادق

Jan 20, 2014 Nicole~ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

This is the tragic story of the life of a courtesan, Marguerite Gautier (dubbed Camille or Lady of the Camellias for her always carrying a bouquet of the flowers), who, by willing sacrifice that could never have rewarded her in kind, proved her purity of love. It is also a lamentable apologetic story told by Armand Duval, the man who sworn love for her but judged her too harshly, too unwisely, and painfully abandoned her.

In the opening of the story, the narrator chances upon the auction
Cristina Precup
Jan 03, 2011 Cristina Precup rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mi-a plăcut romanul în primul şi în primul rând pentru stilul scrierii. Întrucât sunt pasionată de memorii, de jurnale, de scrierile la persoana I, în care se relatează simţirile, emoţiile, părerile proprii ale scriitorului, care mă determină să mă identific cu acesta ori cu alte personaje, cartea de faţă bineînţeles că mi-a captat atenţia cu primele rânduri citite. La acestea adaug libertatea scrierii şi sinceritatea cu care sunt relatate faptele. Deşi vieţile personajelor sunt imorale şi părer ...more
Oct 24, 2015 •Anna• rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Essere amato da una fanciulla casta, rivelarle per primo lo strano mistero dell'amore, è certo una grande felicità, ma è la cosa più semplice del mondo. Impadronirsi di un cuore non abituato agli assedi, è come entrare in una città aperta e senza difese."

Dopo mille peripezie (aka se avete quest'edizione e non l'avete ancora letta... FUGGITE SCIOCCHI!) sono riuscita a leggere tutto d'un fiato gli ultimi capitoli dell'amore travagliato che vede come protagonisti la bella cortigiana Marguerite G
Feb 21, 2014 Giovanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Non so quanto questa recensione potrà avere un senso (sì, potrebbe averne ancora meno di quelle abituali e...sì, anche io non pensavo fosse possibile).
Mi sono avvicinata a La signora delle camelie con un po' di timore, essenzialmente non sapevo cosa aspettarmi e avevo paura che l'avrei detestato. Onestamente posso dire che se non fosse stato scritto da Dumas figlio e se non avessi adorato (eufemismo) Dumas padre, probabilmente non l'avrei mai letto. E cosa mi sarei persa.

Marguerite Gautier è
Luís Blue Yorkie
May 15, 2015 Luís Blue Yorkie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-my-own, france, 2015
Brief and Sensitive

Like the book, I intend to be brief and clear. Thoughts exposed in the narrative are noteworthy; pure, non-judgmental and sensitive to those who are often deprived of our compassion... A man and a prostitute, both blame on about love and their statements.
A classic, so many years ago leads us to reflect naturally a love story that even today would be treated with prejudice and contempt.
Finally I must say that even knowing the end from the first page still hoped for a reversal
Aliaa Mohamed
Nov 06, 2015 Aliaa Mohamed rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
رغم ما بها من حزن ف معظم صفحاتها إلا أن تلك الرواية لم تؤثر فيّ بشكل كبير ، ربما يعود ذلك إلى كون القصة - أو من على شاكلتها - قد ذكرت مراراً وتكراراً ف أعمال أخرى بطريقة شبيهة بتلك الواردة هنا أو مقاربة إليها ...
الرواية كئيبة لا أنكر ذلك ولكن تأثيرها وطابعها الحزين لم يصلني بشكل كبير على العكس ما إذا كنت قد قرأتها ف وقت صدورها منذ سنوات طويلة ..
ولكن يحسب للكاتب شجاعته في تناول تلك القصة وانحيازه بعض الشيء إلى الغانية حتى لو كان بشكل غير مقصود ...
الرواية تليق فعلا بكلاسيكيات العصر القديم ..
Marguerite Gautier, la protagonista de La dama de las camelias (1848), tiene una inspiración doble: la cortesana Marie Duplessis, con la que Alexandre Dumas hijo tuvo un affaire, y Manon Lescaut, el personaje femenino de la novela del abate Prévost Historia del caballero Des Grieux y de Manon Lescaut (1733). Este drama amoroso sirvió a su vez de inspiración para una ópera (La Traviata) y una película (Moulin Rouge), si bien la versión de esta última es muy libre.

Es inevitable comparar la narrat
Jan 18, 2016 Joanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, classics, romance, 2016
Excuse me, my heart's gotten heavy now.

Marguerite Gautier and Armand Duval: two lovers in nineteenth-century Paris. A beautifully spun tale of woe. One of the countless tragedies where the ones involved succumb to the circumstances of the times in which they live. However loosely based/inspired by Dumas' real-life lover, the courtesan Marie Duplessis.

I can certainly believe that Dumas wrote this in less than a month [! according to the introduction in this particular edition], because it really
Rosa Ramôa
Oct 06, 2014 Rosa Ramôa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Margarida passeava por Paris com Camélias Brancos e,numa determinada altura do mês,com Camélias vermelhas...:)Daí O Nome Dama das Camélias!!!
Margarida era a mais cobiçada cortesã parisiense...(século XIX)*
O amor contra a intolerância e o preconceito social...

Sep 25, 2012 Ghadah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
رواية حزينة، تظهر أن الأمور في الحياة يجب ألا تقاس ظاهريا..
"لابد أننا ارتكبنا الكثير من الآثام قبل أن نولد.. أو أننا سننعم بكثير من السعادة بعد أن نموت.. وإلا ما احتوت الحياة كل هذا العذاب وهذه الآلام.. "
Lynne King
This is a wonderful book and I'm so pleased to see that it continues to be so popular! This just reaffirms my thoughts of what a super country France is and such culture.
Serena.. Sery-ously?
Jan 09, 2014 Serena.. Sery-ously? rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014

Come prima cosa, la mia abissale ignoranza: Per me di Dumas ce ne è uno solo, ed è ovviamente Dumas Senior.. (MADDAI?). Dopo aver letto il meraviglioso “Conte di Montecristo”, ho sentito la necessità di possedere tutto ciò che quest’uomo aveva pubblicato e perché no? Anche tutto ciò che non sapeva di aver scritto :D
Mi sono imbattuta dunque ne “La signora delle Camelie” e lo shock di scoprire che l’opera non era sua ma del figlio è stato troppo grande e non ho voluto dargli nemmeno mezza chan
Jan 06, 2011 Wanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I can do no better than quote from the book, which made me cry--and which also compelled me to visit Bougival.
"Everything was believed except the truth."
"Why do we hold obstinately to the opinions of the world, which hardens itself in order that it might be thought strong."
"Sorrow sharpens the sensations."
"It is very fortunate that the imagination lends so much poetry to the senses, and that the desires of the body make so much concession to the dreams of the soul."
"To be really loved by a court
Ana Maria Rînceanu
Were this book not written from the perspective of Armand, I think I would have liked it a great deal more, but as it stands, I find him a dull narrator. There are countless instances where he drills into the reader how childlike and spoiled Marguerite is and I just to kick him because he's the idiot who can barely make heads or tales of his surroundings or the actions others take to protect him. (view spoiler)

All in
Dec 09, 2015 Georgia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Se si potesse darei di più di cinque stelline. Che altro dire.
Apr 21, 2010 Cynthia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was surprised how engaging this novel was. Having seen the 1930’s movie based on this book with Marlene Dietrich (Maguerite) and a very youthful Robert Taylor (Armand) not to mention familiarity with Verdi’s La Traviata which was also based on this book I thought I knew what was between these covers. Not so. Some of it was a bit over the top (It is French after all) but most of it was believable and emotionally honest. The hardest thing was to leave my preconceptions from the movie and opera b ...more
I know it was Paris. I know it was 1847. I know it was a romance novel (with faint act, man crying, brain fever and all). But seriously! Can a man be so...I don't 'Armand'? He really did not know what he wants. One moment he's would sacrificed all for love, the next he was too jealous to do that. He could not made up his mind nor to have the right thought what the consequences were. He didn't know whether he should broke all the society rules or just lived by it. All these doubt had to ...more
Nina Rapsodia
Jun 21, 2014 Nina Rapsodia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Todo el mundo
Recommended to Nina by: Una profesora
Shelves: relectura

Esta historia es bastante especial para mí. Hace muchos años este libro fue lectura obligatoria en mi colegio así que como yo no era de las que me saltaba las lecturas me puse con ella. Recuerdo que fue una grandísima montaña rusa de emociones. Hace poco vi el libro de segunda mano en una venta de mi universidad y lo compré por impulso y me apetecía releerlo. En esta relectura lo sentí de nuevo, esa mismos sentimientos intensos que describe desde la pluma de Dumas hijo, como él mismo lo vivió
The narrator buys a courtesan's old book at a whim. Some time later, the man who gave her the book comes looking for it, and shares with the narrator their tale of love and sorrow. They had but a few short months together before her debts and his family's need to maintain their reputation came between them. I hadn't realized how closely the movie Moulin Rouge was based on this--the broad outline and many of the visual details (like the courtesan visiting her true love one last time, pale and wax ...more
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Alexandre Dumas (son) was born in Paris, France, the illegitimate child of Marie-Laure-Catherine Labay (1794-1868), a dressmaker, and novelist Alexandre Dumas. During 1831 his father legally recognized him and ensured that the young Dumas received the best education possible at the Institution Goubaux and the Collège Bourbon. At that time, the law allowed the elder Dumas to take the child away fro ...more
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