Verdi's opera, La Traviata was based on this book. Violetta is a woman who lives a life of empty pleasure in Paris who also has the Consumption (Tuberculosis, it's like having AIDS now). At a party she throws, this guy named Alfredo tells her he loves her and wants her to come live with him in the country, promising to take care of her. After deliberation, Violetta accepts. In the country, Alfredo's father approaches Violetta and tells her that this liason is brining shame to his family and he wants to get his daughter married but cannot with a blemish such as this. She agrees to leave Alfredo even though it breaks her heart and his. What happens after will tug at your heart and leave you with a renound sense of passion and a few- ok, a HUNDRED- tears. It's well worth the money to read this gem by an author as famous as Alexander Dumas. He writes with such imagery you can picture everything from the glittering, dazzling parties in the book to the anguish Violetta and Alfredo feel. You can't help but love and pity the heroine. She loves Alfredo, but what can she do? Allow shame to be brought to his name when she knows she coud very well leave him the next day? And poor Alfredo didn't know how much Violetta loved him; so much in fact that she gave up happiness so he could have honor. This is a book that everyone can get something out of, make this your next literary escapade.