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Dangerous Liaisons (Penguin Classics) Paperback – October 30, 2007
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Amazon should fix its Web site. When customers click on "Kindle Edition", they should get the exact same book, not a different one.
I am giving this book 5 stars, because it is what the Helen Constantine version deserves. Unfortunately there is no way to give different stars for Kindle versions.
This book is certainly dense, and there are entire letters which do not move the plot forward (Danceny's and Cecile's letters to each other are like a musical number in a pre-Oklahoma! stage show: they tell us more of what we already know, but rarely give us anything new) and one gets the sense that some things get lost in translation -- I especially felt that since I'm pretty sure I ran across several sentences that were just plain ungrammatical or generally made no sense, as if they'd been babelfished. However, I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in a juicy, lascivious classic.
I've recommended this book to people, and only a couple have enjoyed it, but the others tend to read bodice rippers, and this one has sex and intrigue, but not in the typical way.
If you want fun and love among the ruins of an innocent's life, this is your book.
The Marquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont are two of the most devious minded characters I've ever had the pleasure to be disgusted by. Seriously. Still, I had to admire their dedication. They want revenge and will stop at nothing to get it. They know what they are doing and they do it well.
I thoroughly savored every page of Dangerous Liaisons. The wit and wickedness will be on my mind for a long time to come.
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The translation is snappy and the story is icy French perfection.Published 6 months ago by Lauralyn Padglick
This is what my Grand Daughter wanted and she enjoyed it very much.Published 6 months ago by WAYNE GUIDRY
The rake in this book is the worst that ever lived!
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Bought this book for a class I was taking and quickly read the first 100 pages (which I NEVER do). Got to class the first day and the professor said we didn't need it, but that he... Read morePublished 6 months ago by AH
I watched movie from 1988 and 1989... and also watched Korean and Chinese versions. They are all excellent. Finally reading the book now and it is great. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Hong Sun Park
Book arrived in good condition - no surprises there, which is always a plus.
As a language person, I enjoy making observations about the translation itself as much as... Read more
Sometimes it is hard to understand and/or appreciate a book without a background knowledge of the time and circumstances of its writing, and that is certainly the case with this... Read morePublished 7 months ago by gammyraye
I tried hard to read this book but just couldn't get into it.Published 9 months ago by C. A. Henderson