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Les Liaisons dangereuses (Oxford World's Classics) Kindle Edition
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Anyway, I just wanted to say that I have read the penguin classic version translated by PWK Stone, and I have just read the available pages on here of the Oxford edition, and its really is awful. The way it has been translated is clumsy and ugly, it sounds too modern...wheras the penguin classic version has been modernised but still retains some flavour of 18th century france along with being readable.
I would just suggest to anyone wanting to read this book to read Stones' translation and not touch this one, or at least read the first few pages of each and compare them. If I had started reading the oxford version I think I would never have bothered reading the book.
All I can say is I was not disappointed. The translation was beautiful, the plot held me spellbound. The characters were compelling and one could not help wishing a little for the Vicomte to succeed in his wicked designs. However what cuts this book above the rest is the collection of letters allows the reader to see events from the perspective of all the characters involved. I would recommend it to anybody.
I'm a long term fan of the movie Cruel Intentions so I've wanted to read the original book for a while just to see how it compares. Now I have I can completely understand the controversy and scandal that resulted from the publication of this book in 1782. I'm also amazed at the modernity of the story. I enjoyed the modern feel to the book, and if that is down to the translation alone then I applaud Douglas Parmee for making the book so easy to read, but it could be that the themes of love, lust and betrayal are universal.
Written as a series of letters between the main characters, the author does imply that these were real people and obscures the identity of various individuals and places, as well as the year the events take place in. However there is also a publishers note stating this is a work of fiction. Whether these characters or just people like them actually existed, the book remains a view on the excesses of wealth and twisted games played by those in positions of power.
Merteuil and Valmont are incredibly devious and twisted, playing their games with a kind of maniacal glee and delighting in the suffering they entail.Read more ›
As the book continues the lives of these two marvellously cunning scoundrels draw in a whole cast of other characters who become embroiled in their web of plots and lies, from Cecile's piano teacher Danceny, who she becomes besotted with, to her mother Madame de Volanges a friend and confident of both Merteuil and Tourvel. As the letters fly back and forth between this collection of characters Laclos creates an amazing plot which constantly twists and darkens as the dastardly duo of Valmont and Merteuil try to complicate things for one another and better each other in acts of their cunning.
I don't know if you can tell yet that I absolutely adored this book. I thought it was wonderful and wish Laclos had written so much more.Read more ›
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it's interesting as a book, but definitely better to watch it as a playPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a very clever and entertaining novel written in 1782 by the young French army officer de Laclos. Read morePublished 8 months ago by H. Tee
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