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This review is from: Les Liaisons Dangereuses (English Translation) (Paperback)
Choderlos de Laclos, on the strength of this one book, was a master writer.
That this novel, written in 1779, seems so modern and fresh in 2009 is surely a mark of genius. It has all the attributes of a modern book in that it is impossible to put down (a page-turner),is spot on in descriptions of male/female behaviour (emotional intelligence), has a very moral message and most of all, spellbinding characters. That this is all achieved through a series of letters makes the result even more astonishing, as although it might put some people off to hear that a novel is written through letters, here one is so bound up in the story that it only registers later that it is entirely in letters..
Don't miss reading this. It is one of the 100 books one must read, if only purely for enjoyment.
I place it up there with Dickens, Tolstoy, Proust, et al, as a very great work of literature which manages to be utterly enjoyable as well. de Laclos expressed a wish that "this book would create some stir in the world and would continue to do so after I've gone....." It does!