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Bel-Ami by Guy de Maupassant
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Sep 13, 11

Read in September, 2011

OK, so the guy on the cover is neither handsome nor particularly young looking, but it goes without saying who I pictured in my head while reading this novella ;)

The subtitle "The History of a Scoundrel" certainly describes this book perfectly. Georges Duroy is a cad of the highest order who has little talent but still manages to claw his way to become the editor of a newspaper. He wins a Legion of Honor medal for being the French foreign minister's PR flunkey, and gains a fortune based on borrowed money and extortion. And as for the ladies... well, they seem to be lining up around the corner.

I was thoroughly amused by the journalism practices detailed in the beginning - reporters making up their interviews and pocketing their expenses - because it seems like very little has changed since 1885 when this was writen.

When the story ended I felt a little dissatisfied. I really expected Georges to get his comeuppance, but he never did. I guess that's another thing that never changes. Still, I enjoyed the tale and would give it 3.5 stars. Looking forward to the movie version.

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