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La Dame aux Camélias (Oxford World's Classics)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on March 17, 2001
La dama aux Camelias is Marguerite Gaultier, one of the most desirable courtesans in Paris with a very expensive taste. This is a sad love story of her affair with Armand Duval, a man that could not satisfy her demands for luxury but who could fulfill her need for being love and love but life is a too complicated of a matter. This novel is based on a true love story from Duma's life and in this edition of the book you could find quite some good links between the story and the events in real life of Alexandre, fils
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on November 20, 2006
I am currently writing a research paper on La Dame Aux Camelias. I have read the book many times, and every time it has the same effect on me. Dumas fils gives us a thorough understanding of the love between Armand and Marguerite, which mirrors the love he had for Marie duplessis, whose affair this book was based on. The levels of love and sacrifice are amazing and leave the reader craving more. After the book is finished you'll still be wondering about the poor girl who died with a broken heart, so that her love could have a proper future, and have a clean name. You'll love it, I promise!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 26, 2005
I decided to read this book because it is the story that the opera La Traviata is based on and I wanted to read the story before experiencing the opera. With that said I am very looking forward to seeing the opera. This book was a very good, short read and the story was for the most part, moving along at a good pace. I believe that this book would be ideal for a person interested in starting to read classic literature, but great for anyone, so go read it....and keep me updated!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 3, 2013
While the story is entertaining, suspenseful, and dramatics, the
translation is in 19th century English. I'll wait for someone to come
along and give us a translation that can capture Dumas Jr's suspense
and dramatism.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 6, 2013
I was drawn to this novel because the play Dumas fils adapted from his novel is the basis for the libretto of Verdi's La Traviata, one of my favorite operas. It is based on Dumas' nine month affair with the beautiful courtesan, Marie Duplessis, and is a touching love story. Dumas fils was the most popular and successful French playwright of the 19th century. La Dame aux Camelias was an immediate success, and after seeing it Verdi promptly set to work on his opera. While the novel was an exciting and easy read, there is nothing memorable about it. The writing is ordinary and the plot line predictable-nothing cerebral about this one. But after reading Henry James, a far more talented writer, this was a welcome respite. Sit back and enjoy, but don't expect to be wowed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 3, 2013
The story is based on the affair of Alexander Dumas (fils) with Marie Duplessis a Paris courtesan who lived from 1824 to 1847 and died of tuberculosis, she is interred in Montmartre Cemetery, in the book Marie becomes Marguerite Gautier and in the opera La Traviata she is Violetta Valery, also in the book Dumas becomes Armand Duval and in the opera he is Alfredo Germont. The story is very interesting in that the action is in Paris and courtesans were very popular among the rich who could afford them, Dumas uses different names as to a point he and Marie become characters in a book but move the happenings away from themselves.
The book is extremely well written, what else would you expect from Dumas, and he does not intentionally hide any of the actual facts so the reader can easily understand the types of characters, it is exciting and is very interesting as a work of French living in the 19th century, it keeps the readers undivided attention throughout the story, and in it's honesty. The reason that Armand's father gives Marguerite for having to leave Armand seems to be ridiculous to us in the 21st century but rules of good conduct were very different in the 19th century. A very good, interesting and tragic story that will keep you interested right to the very last page. The other characters in the story are all real people and like the two main characters their names have been changed.
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on January 7, 2015
Having bought tickets to see La Traviata at the New York Metropolitan Opera House over the holidays I figured I should read the book that the play and then the opera were based on. Very good decision on several fronts. First of course is that the book is good and an enjoyable read. Dumas Junior is not the great writer that his father was but he's good enough. The book is well written and the story, somewhat autobiographical buy most accounts, was interesting. I fell in love with Marguerite along with Armand. I found the books method of closing Marguerite's story through her letters to Armand to be more moving than just the use of dialog would have been. And knowing that this tragic love story was based in part or whole on a real woman and relationship added to my enjoyment of the book.

Of course my reason for reading it was to have some idea of the story line before I watched an opera sung in Italian. Also a very good idea. The Met has optional LED subtitles on the seat back in front of you. I enjoyed knowing what was going on on stage without having to glance at the subtitles more than a couple of times during the performance. Oh and my review of La Traviata is raves also. If you liked the book see the opera sometime. I personally hate Broadway musicals, sitting through one is a form of torture for me although I do it to make my wife happy. La Traviata was my first opera, going was my suggestion actually as I figured it couldn't be much worse than a musical, and I loved it. I think I will easily fall in love with any dark haired soprano I ever hear singing in Italian again.
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on December 17, 2014
I was alerted to the less than brilliant writing by Dumas fils of this book, which served as the basis for a favorite opera and a classic romantic film. I was happy to have the opportunity to read it and enjoyed the book, partly because I had so loved La Traviata over many, many years and was enchanted with the film Camille with Greta Garbo and Robert Taylor. It was interesting to learn where in the story the opera (and then I believe the film, following the operatic story at some points) were not exactly as Dumas story were. I've been reluctant to order books for my Kindle, but I do appreciate the immediacy!
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on February 1, 2014
wonderful book...entralled at the writing
and story. esp. from over a century ago.
i could not put it down.....
so at times i did not get decent sleep.
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on October 10, 2012
this book was quoted in the fifty shades of grey book. I really enjoyed reading it. I would recommend it to anyone who has or is reading the fifty shades trilogy, in order to get a better understanding of what or who Anastasia Steele really is. I truly enjoyed the storyline. I would love to see the play.
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