- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Classics (26 Feb. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140624481
- ISBN-13: 978-0140624489
- Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.9 x 1.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 545,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Dangerous Liaisons (Penguin Popular Classics) Paperback – 26 Feb 2009
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"If this book burns, it burns as only ice can burn." -Baudelaire --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Pierre Ambrose Francois Choderlos De Laclos was born in 1741, in Amiens. His family was respectable but not distinguished, and at eighteen he entered the army and spent the next twenty years in various garrison towns, and reached the rank of capitaine-commandant without ever seeing battle. He cut a dash in provincial society, however, and in his spare time wrote light verse, some of which was published. In 1779 he was sent to the island of Aix, off La Rochelle, where Les Liaisons Dangereuses was conceived and written. He went to Paris in 1781 to supervise the publishing of his book, overstayed his leave and was promptly ordered back to his regiment. He married Marie-Solange Duperre in 1786 and proved to be an exemplary husband and father. He lfet the army in 1788, entering politics, and was imprisoned twice during the Reign of Terros, but returned to the army as a general under Napoleon in 1800. He died in Italy in 1803. Laclos also wrote a treatise on the education of women and on Vauban. Towards the end of his life he was considering writing another one to show that true happiness could only be attained in family life.
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Top Customer Reviews
What Laclos gives us is a story in the epistolary form of what happens when people are rich and titled and have become bored, looking for new ways to entertain themsleves; much as the Marquis de Sade wrote about. Two people a man and a woman, go about taking people's virginity, causing a stir and scandal amongst others, in an attempt to outdo each other. Of course things don't always run smoothly between these two people, with disastrous results.
Although this book was written in the eighteenth century it still carries a resonance in todays world. There are people out there who take advantage of others and play games like those in this book, with no idea or care of the trouble they cause, and that is why this book has remained so popular. Laclos did more than write a book of his times but did something special, he wrote a book for all times.
Be warned this book will shock you and make you laugh, due to its darkly black humour, but you will not be able to stop yourself from reading it cover to cover, and re-reading it again and again. This a definite must have for any bookcase.
An afterthought - surely the book is way, way better than any film that could be made of it?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A beautifully written book. I have indeed enjoyed the way this Book has been written. Keeps you entertained
Read it, if you enjoy a romantic epic book!
Well now...that's a story. Much, much more engaging than the film (and I like the film!).
Kindle edition is fine. Nothing extra - just does what we want kindle versions to do.
A classic of secret debauchery disguised by respectability. Intrigue, passion and hypocrisy are the key themes.Published 9 months ago by Helen J. Bullas
This book is a masterpiece. I enjoyed it from the first until the last page. The characters of Valmount and Merteuil are truly seductive, although very mean and subtle (especially... Read morePublished 17 months ago by atena longo
Only downside as it is a book was that it wasn't in the best condition when it arrived to me but overall good purchase.Published 21 months ago by xiaoling
Really enjoyed this book. Quite a page turner. Loved the unique format of letter writing in this book. It gives a wonderful insight into the minds of the two evil protagonists. Read morePublished on 2 Feb. 2014 by elizabeth beckerley
A known classic for adults. Requested by my daughter for Christmas - I trust she enjoys it. I haven't read it so can't personally recommend it.Published on 15 Jan. 2014 by JFJ
A good translation of a French Classic which shows human nature hasn't changed over the last two centuries or more since it was writtenPublished on 11 Nov. 2013 by MR JOHN R CHAMBERLAIN