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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read, 27 April 2012
This review is from: Manon Lescaut (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback)
I've just read this book for the second time, with a gap or around 28 years, and both times in the original French. Despite being an 18th century text, it's surprisingly accessible, with the main themes being love, obsession, greed and revenge. The language is easier than many 19th C authors such as Balzac or Zola, so it isn't hard work to read it if your French is sort of average.

I loved it all these years ago and I love it now. Interestingly, my response to the ending is very different now. As an easily moved 19 yr old I cried at the end. I must have grown cynical somewhere along the way, since I felt a lot less sympathy for the main characters this time. What we have here is a continuous cycle of boy meets girl, girl treats boy badly, boy forgives and trusts again, reader starts to lose patience with boy for his stupidity ..... yet somehow it makes for compelling reading, so why not buy and try?

The plot is simple. Chevalier Des Grieux defies his family to follow his heart when he meets a young girl from a less wealthy background. The course of true love does not run smooth for the young lovers and there are many obstacles in their way, including imprisonment. No matter what happens, Chevalier remains steadfast and in love. To say more would be to give away too much, but I can recommend this book.
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