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Manon Lescaut (Oxford World's Classics) [Paperback]

Abbé Prévost , Angela Scholar

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8 April 2004 0192840657 978-0192840653 New edition
'The sweetness of her glance - or rather, my evil star already in its ascendant and drawing me to my ruin - did not allow me to hesitate for a moment' So begins the story of Manon Lescaut, a tale of passion and betrayal, of delinquency and misalliance, which moves from early eighteenth-century Paris - with its theatres, assemblies, and gaming-houses - via prison and deportation to a tragic denouement in the treeless wastes of Louisiana. It is one of the great love stories, and also one of the most enigmatic: how reliable a witness is Des Grieux, Manon's lover, whose tale he narrates? Is Manon a thief and a whore, the image of love itself, or a thoroughly modern woman? Prévost is careful to leave the ambiguities unresolved, and to lay bare the disorders of passion. This new translation includes the vignette and eight illustrations that were approved by Prévost and first published in the edition of 1753.

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; New edition edition (8 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192840657
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192840653
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 12.8 x 1.6 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,420,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'an excellent new translation of Manon Lescaut, with a number of
useful and welcome features'
-- MLR, 10.1.2006

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Angela Scholar edited the Oxford World's Classics edition of Confessions by Rousseau.

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4.0 out of 5 stars extremely--I-don't-know-what 26 Jun 2007
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This novel was originally presented as an autobiographical novel, but certain elements do not seem true to life.

--The hero falls in love at first sight, and the two continue to remember each other until the bitter end.

--The heroine arouses the passion of 6 men through no effort on her own part.

--The hero and heroine live an irresponsible lifestyle without ever putting in a single day of hard work, yet their friends continue to support them without a word of complaint.

--The hero and heroine escape to a sandy wasteland within hiking distance of New Orleans. The novelist could never have been there because there is no such place.

This novel aroused operatic settings by 3 composers.
How, I don't know.

It's not the translator's fault. She provides a helpful introduction and helpful footnotes.
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