The introduction that came with this edition stated that La Dame aux Camélias was not a good book; however this begs the question of why is it still in print? If it was written by Dumas père it might be tempting to say it was just the author's name that kept it imprint. The answer I think lies in the power of the love story itself. That is how the feelings the two lovers have for each other are manifest. Both lovers are bound by their circumstances. one is unable to be faithful with their body and the other cannot trust the first because they are unable to cope with their jealousy. It is this that provides the backdrop for an unfolding love story where ideas of what it means to be faithful are played out. the introduction emphasises that other love stories such as madam Bovey and Anna Karenina are much more worthy of literary praise, but this does not mean that La Dame aux Camélias is second rate, only that the compassion is unfair. La Dame aux Camélias is a simple unfolding of events where thoughts and feelings are recounted and evaluated and a reconciliation is reached. It is not how this reconciliation is achieved by the characters that is important, it is the expression of love and what it means to be faithful that is, and in this way La Dame aux Camélias is a brilliant book as it gives hope that love can triumph over circumstances. As such I am happy to over look the criticism that La Dame aux Camélias is not literary enough.