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Bel-Ami by Guy de Maupassant
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Sep 10, 10

bookshelves: classic, audio-book

Yes, Bel-Ami was a nasty person. But he wasn't the only one. All of the women were *married* - except for Suzanne, the last (who is the one I feel sorry for). The rest all made conscious decisions to do the wrong thing, and it shouldn't have been surprising to them that bad would come of it.

Having just read "Envy" by Epstein, it's hard for me not to note that Bel Ami was a person driven by that emotion. Up to the very end, when he has attained so much, he looks around him and begins to envy the next thing - not something he never had, but that he once had - and so the cycle continues, inexorably. I felt sorry for him, a creature constructed of lie upon lie; a shell, nothing more.

The book was beautifully written. My favorite part was when one of his lovers takes a hair and wraps it around the button of his vest (unnoticed by him) so that he will take something of her away with him, and going to see his other mistress, she unwinds the hair slowly, realizing that it is not his wife's hair, and that he must have a mistress other than her. Details like that are what make Maupassant the giant that he is. This book deserves more stars, but I did not find the character interesting. He must have been a VERY handsome man, because otherwise he's tepid, at best. Maybe he just wasn't evil enough for me.
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☯Bettie☯ I WILL get to this


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