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Manon Lescaut (Folio Plus Classique) (French Edition) (French) Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 2010

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Product Details

  • Series: Folio Plus Classique (Book 179)
  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Gallimard Education (February 1, 2010)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 2070396118
  • ISBN-13: 978-2070396115
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,950,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer K. Weir on June 10, 2005
Format: Paperback
I read this book, unsurprisingly, for a class. I'm not a huge fan of 18th century novels...or libertine novels...or love stories- but I did love this book.

It's about the son of an aristocrat (or noble?), the Chevalier des Grieux, who meets and quickly falls in love with a prostitute who, incidentally, stands for everything Des Grieux does not: pleasure, capitalism, the moment, etc. True to form as a man of nobility values, he sacrifices everything to be with her, falling into a life of crime and striving to be as libertine as possible while ironically still trying to possess her and suppress her spirit- made evident in witty phrases like "mon infidele" and more conspicuously so by the fact that Manon's voice is never heard in this book. We view her personality through his eyes and never learn even basic things like what she looks like.

All in all, a fun read, but read this one in french if you can and read it carefully- it lacks quotation marks so it's easy to fail to make the distinction between dialogue and narration, an annoying problem for someone like me whose french isn't exactly spectacular.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CRAS on June 23, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
In 18th century, Montequieu disaproved Manon Lescaut. In his opinion, it was insurrection, indiscipline, untraditional behavior and morals. What he didn't know, it was the beginning of the Romanticism.
It became popular: a tragical love affair between lovers separated by social-economical hierarchy.
The story is told by De Grieux point of view. Is it fiction? Did Grieux created Manon's thoughts or acts? We'll never know. We only see Griex's feelings. As I stated on my first assignment, every relationship is fiction, even the one with oneself. There're things we are not equipped to bear.
This is a story about cross-lines, cross-lovers, cross-bounds. Griex, knight, destined to church, falls deeply in love with a beautiful common girl, Manon. A scandal. Against all odds, he decided to purse his passion.
Prevost builds emotions while actions, reactions and consequences develop. The couple are separated constantly, by his family and by betrayal on her part. Griex is driven insane when he discovered the betrayal and poured out his pain in lines that showed what a man feels when it happens. It causes pathological reactions. Until recently, it was a pledge of innocent if a murder was committed in such a state.
Depending on the way the story is told and on the readers' experiences, emotions scream out from the page. Griex tells us his in such a blatant way that we share them. He's in such desperate need of Manon's love that haywires, specially with those that helped him without second intentions. As if the others' feelings for him - and his for them - could make up for his loss. It's a lack of discipline, a saying 'help me, I need you.' It's sadness, need, which has to be mitigated.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Isabelle on February 26, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This was great for being free, but i needed it for an upper division frnech class (118b at UCD) and there were definitely some differences between the rest of my classmates who got the required edition. some words are different and whole paragraphs are missing some stuff. Its not a HUGE difference, and im French i was taking the class because i like 18th century novels so the differences werent a big deal.
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By ThirstyBrooks on February 8, 2013
Format: Paperback
For those of us whose French needs a workout, Manon Lescaut is a good changeup from vocabulary-intensive choices. Abbe Prevost writes very long paragraphs with sentences that run on and on. These are infused with prolific pronoun references. Ordinarily this is a recipe for confusion.

But the story continuously held my interest. I found myself pressing for speed, to get to the vocabulary words that clued me to decipher the pronoun references. When I was done with this book, I had finally succeeded in getting my French comprehension to the point where I could follow a popup presentation on the internet, keeping up the pace of spoken French.

I sympathize with the English version reader who could not sympathize with the Chevalier, the narrator of the story. He's a jerk, and things work out better for him than he deserves. He is clearly infatuated with Manon from the first. He assumes the feeling is mutual, but we gradually become aware that it's not. She's thinks he's out of her league and she's taking advantage of him, and she's increasingly embarrassed about it. When they finally arrive in the New World, she seems to get past this and develop a genuine love for him. The author takes some pains to make it easier for the reader than for the Chevalier to figure out what she's thinking. I found the story did a fine job of characterizing the Chevalier as a fool. Maybe that's why Maupassant puts this book first on his list of French novels in his introduction to Pierre et Jean.
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