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This review is from: La Dame aux Camélias (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback)
Although the quality of the writing was excellent, I can only give this novel three stars because it made such depressing reading. It is, of course, a familiar tale, due to "La Traviata", and is based on Dumas Fils' own affaire with a Parisienne Courtesan. The period is well conveyed, and the manners and mores of upper-class Parisian society in the early 1840's came over strongly.
I just wish that Marguerite and Armand had ignored Duval Senior's pious pontificating, and carried on their idyllic rural life together. Would characters in real life really have behaved like they did?