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 moral and emotional depravity is a disturbing and ultimately damning portrayal of a decadent society. Aristocrats and ex-lovers Marquise de Merteuil and Vicomte de Valmont embark on a sophisticated game of seduction and manipulation
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This morning, I thought of M. de Laclos's charming novel for the first time in years, when an interfering busybody saw fit to edit my Quiz question about it. I was forced to spend an hour checking the text, so that I could thoroughly refute her misconceptions about Cécile's role in the story, and I trust I shall hear no more from the vile creature. But, none the less, I am grateful to her, since she reminded me that I should read it in the...more
Or you ignore all of them and just rate the story as if you do not know anything about those?
Two schools of thought. I know some people just read and then rate the story only. I know some who read not only the whole book...more
Dangerous Liaisons improves as it progresses. I was tempted to abandon it, but I persisted and am glad, for--although this epistolary novel of the last days of the ancien regime initially appears to be stylish but superficial--it soon grows in both subtlety and power.
Many of the difficulties of the book are perhaps inevitable in any work that chronicles seduction in epistolary form. The letters of the wicked are elegant, the letters of the good are instructive, but the letters of the naive are...more
Britain does snobbery with a snoot, could produce this ironic
novel. (Laclos withdrew following his unsettling classic of sexual manners, 1782). Valmont-Merteuil reign high on my list of literary favs. Overbred, overindulged, the ex-lovers become sexual conspirators after tossing other partners. Sex for them is an intrigue of shared espionage.
Urbane, amusing, they strike a cynical assault on society.
The psychological rewards ar...more
At the centre of this novel are the main characters, th...more
Epistolaries were big back then, and LaClos makes better use of letters than anyone since Shakespeare; it'll take Wilkie Collins to match him. The letters are the plot, making this metafiction; the...more
When attempting to navigate love, one always messes up somewhere. Some of us stomp around like... a yeti, lol. While others are deft and cruel. Toss both these sorts of people together into a restricti...more
J’avais découvert Les liaisons dangereuses - et par la même occasion l’adaptation filmée de Stephen Frears, que je vous recommande -...more
Valmont's and de Tourvel's letters to each other were pretty dull, however. The same thing over and over. Her breaking down is so incremental that I could barely see it. The Valmont/de Merteuil correspondence was much more consistently interesting - except the Prevan digressions. Probably if...more
However, reading Les Liaisons Dangereusesmakes me appreciate the artistry, yes the artistry that went int...more
Seriously, these people had WAY too much time on their hands. So much leisure time, that they had to create drama where there was none. And it wasn't really fun unless you totally ruined someone's life. Wow...bring it on, Madame Defarge. I only wish the Scarlet Pimpernel saved less of them.
I did truly enjoy the book. It has been several years since I have seen the movie, but I was surprised how vividly it returned to my mind as I was reading t...more
Monsieur de Laclos masters the style, creating two hero-villain characters whom, although monsters without scruples, one can't help to admire. They are playful, amusing, witty and skillful in the art of deception. They are also vain, prideful creatures who seek their own pleasure without caring for the outcome of their poor victims.
Marquise de Mert...more
No need for that here. Suffice to say that Valmont, even merely on the exterior, is a horrible ra...more
Das Beziehungsgeflecht wird immer verwickelter und immer mehr Intrigen werden gesponnen.
O livro está escrito na forma epistolar, ou seja, a história é contada exclusivamente através de cartas, trocadas dentro de um grupo de nobres, em que os protanistas são o Visconde Valmont e a Marquesa de Merteuil: ele, um sedutor incorrigível, começ...more
Reading the 175 letters of multiple characters sometimes made me feel I was going through dead people's property learning their secrets. I wanted to give the story a four but honestly, I got a little bored in the middle of the book. Hence, the three stars.
In a screwe...more
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A unique case in French literature, he was for a long time considered to be as scandalous a writer as the Marquis de Sade or Nicolas-Edme Rétif. He was a military officer with no illusions about human relations, and an amateur writer; h...more