La Dame aux Camélias
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La Dame aux Camélias

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One of the greatest love stories of all time, this novel has fascinated generations of readers. Dumas's subtle and moving portrait of a woman in love is based on his own love affair with one of the most desirable courtesans in Paris. This is a completely new translation commissioned for the World's Classics.
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Paperback, 215 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1848)
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Petra X
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...more
Lena
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
Rebecca
"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."

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Karen
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...more
Samantha
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...more
Nicole~
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...more
Cristina Precup
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
فاتن

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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- ٠
وبالرغم من صعوبة أسلوب المنفلوطي في صوغ عباراته -حيث كنت ربيبة لفن الكوميكس- ٠
إلا أنني رغم هذا وذاك بكيت بكاء مرا على مارغريت، ترك آثارا في الصفحة الأخيرة من الكتاب٠

وقد عزوت ذلك لمراهقتي ومايصاحبها من رهافة حس وغشيان الرؤية الرومانسية الحالمة على الرؤية الواقعية للحياة٠

وكنت واهمة لأن الأعراض السابقة عرضت لي الآن في ختام الكتاب، وأنا في زعمي أ
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Bastet
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...more
Sara Alhooti
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

Giovanna
4.5

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...more
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.
Cynthia
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
Wanda
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...more
Wealhtheow
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
Lucy
This book was such a bittersweet journey! :(
I certainly recommend it to everyone, giving that you cannot be indifferent to Marguerite Gautier's tragic story of life.
You will be left in an introspective mood, thinking about the life of frivolity and debauchery that this courtesan lived and you will be wondering how she was capable of living that life.
She was so unhappy! :(
Her entire life was a huge lie - she wasn't loved, she didn't have real friends, she didn't get along with her own family an...more
Anastasia
Penso di dover mettermi il giubbotto antiproiettile prima di scrivere questa recensione, dato che a quanto pare risiedo nella minuscola minoranza di persone che non sono in uno stato di visibilio dopo aver letto questo libro. Io non so più che fare: l'ipotesi già lanciata della possibilità di farmi un test per rilevare una volta per tutte qualche anormalità genetica riprende vigore.
Però questa volta comprendo benissimo la minoranza che ha storto il naso quanto tutta quella grandissima fetta che...more
Jonmochilero
Lo he leído tantas veces y siempre me encuentro con el mismo efecto de dolor al final.
Travis Hull
If you can read this with dry eyes, you don't have any feelings. A classic.
Nina Rapsodia
Jun 21, 2014 Nina Rapsodia rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Todo el mundo
Recommended to Nina by: Una profesora
Shelves: relectura, 2013
4,5

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...more
Eric Kinney
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This being the second novel I've read from Alexandre Dumas, his work has truly won me over as an admirer. "Lady of the Camellias" harks back to the forlorn essence of romantic tragedy so often lamented in Shakespearean works such as "Romeo and Juliet". Inspired by the author's notorious affair with a french courtesan, this novel published in 1848 tells the story of two lovers from different stations of 19th century Paris society. Armand Duval, a young and aimless aristocrat, and the desirable so...more
Shereen Mohamed reda
باين هموت قبل ما أعرف ايه "الحب" دة؟ ولا امتي الواحد يقول بقلب واثق" أنا بحب"
الحدوتة تقليدية بس السرد ممتع ..تحسه صادق مؤلم بيحب
اتنين بيحبو بس محدش سايبهم ف حالهم كالعادة يعني
أي حاجة جميلة بتُلفظ باين
واللي بينهم كان جميل نوعا
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غلاف الطبعة اللي معايا جميل اوي
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Serena!
4.5*

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...more
Al
Who hasn't heard at least one or two songs from the untimely opera La Traviata, by Verdi, telling the story of a courtesan who has to abbandon her lover and ultimatley finds her tragic destiny. Not everyone who has seen the opera though, knows that it was inspired by the 19th century Alexandre Dumas-fils novel, La Dame aux camelias.

I've seen La Traviata numerous times, as it stands as my favorite opera of all time, but only by finally going through La Dame aux camelias was I to be surprised by...more
cindy
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 know...so '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
Rita
Alexandre Dumas nasceu em Paris, sendo filho ilegítimo do escritor com o mesmo nome e de uma costureira. Tal como havia sucedido com o pai, Dumas tornou-se um importante escritor francês, sendo autor de diversos livros e peças de teatro. Apesar do seu nascimento ilegítimo, aos sete anos o seu pai reconheceu-o legalmente e assegurou que tivesse uma boa educação, acabando por o retirar à sua mãe. A agonia desta mãe por ficar sem o seu único filho, foi por diversas vezes inspiração para Dumas nas s...more
Arwen56
Di Alexandre Dumas padre ho letto solo “Il Conte di Montecristo”, mentre di Alexandre Dumas figlio non avevo mai letto nulla prima d’ora. Di conseguenza, confronti tra i due che possano basarsi su un minimo di cognizione di causa non posso farne, ammesso e non concesso che valga la pena farli. Infatti, che siano padre e figlio non significa necessariamente che si siano influenzati a vicenda o che vi si possano trovare temi comuni sviluppati in maniera diversa oppure simile.

La storia narrata ne “...more
Marika
Ambientato nella Parigi della metà dell'Ottocento, La signora delle camelie narra la storia d'amore tra una mantenuta, Marguerite Gautier, e Armand Duval.
La storia inizia dal punto di vista di un narratore anonimo, il quale partecipa ad un'asta, organizzata in seguito alla morte di Marguerite per saldare i debiti da lei lasciati, e qui si aggiudica un libro. In seguito viene contattato da un uomo, Armand, distrutto dalla morte di Marguerite, che lo implora di cedergli il libro acquistato, in mod...more
Claire
Lasciando perdere i paragoni tra il fils e il celebrato père, avevo letto qui e là commenti impietosi per questo romanzo, definito dai più "una lagna".
Purtroppo devo dare ragione alle critiche, nonostante non raggiunga le duecento pagine è mortalmente noioso, il protagonista inizia piangendo e finisce piangendo, e la parola cuore viene ripetuta almeno una volta in ogni pagina, tant'è che quando, arrivata alle ultime righe, non la vedevo, iniziavo a preoccuparmi, per poi esclamare "HA!" una volta...more
Laura
È la storia d'amore intensa e travagliata tra il giovane Armand, ragazzo di buona famiglia, e la cortigiana Marguerite, abituata a passare da un letto all'altro fra gli uomini più ricchi del paese, ad essere ricoperta di attenzioni e ad accettare i regali di cui tutti la ricoprono. È curioso che il personaggio di Marguerite non sia la tipica eroina di cui si leggeva in quei tempi. Interessante il percorso di espiazione che affronta Marguerite, arrivando a sacrificare se stessa e l'unica cosa che...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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Camille: A Play in Five Acts (1857) camille: the lady of the camillias La signora delle camelie - La traviata (Romanzo e libretto d'opera) The Son of Clemenceau 茶花女 = La Dame aux camélias

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