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  • Series: Decadence from Dedalus
  • Paperback: 315 pages
  • Publisher: Dedalus Ltd; New edition edition (August 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0946626820
  • ISBN-13: 978-0946626823
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #481,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Passionate, calculating, only sometimes honorable but always honest, Celestine is one of the great female characters in literature. -- Rhoda Koenig in The Sunday Times

About the Author

Octave Mirbeau (1848-1917) was an anarchist and radical journalist who is best known today for his powerful indictments of French society. He wrote to revenge society for his upbringing.

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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By McTeague on August 11, 2007
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The fact that the publisher is trying to sell this book as a salacious novel says more about the publisher than the book.

Mirbeau was a social critic and a disciple of Tolstoy, not the pervert that the publisher would have you believe. He believed that modern civilization was built on cruelty and that much of society, especially the ruling classes, were morally corrupt. The fact that this novel was adapted for the cinema by such sensitive artists and social critics as Jean Renoir and Luis Bunuel should tell you that it's a serious work.

Read the novel and watch the films. Note how the story is so powerful that both filmmakers had to water it down for film audiences.

I consider this the best novel I have ever read because this novel, in my opinion, is the work of art that comes closest to revealing women's true nature. It should be a touchstone for any woman who reads it. Because Mirbeau does his best to make Joseph as despicable as possible. But, Women, when you've read the book ask yourself, "Do you like Joseph"?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lewis Woolston on July 8, 2012
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I read this book after reading "the torture garden" by the same author and i would rate this book higher. The story is better and the observations of Celestine as she struggles to make ends meet are brilliant and still ring true today. The main character Celestine is a serrvent working for the rich or wannabe-rich in 1890's France. She is poorly paid, has no job security and is exploited by her employers financially and sexually. The ugly picture this book paints of her life as a minimum wage slave with no hope of improving her lot in life is timeless. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes books tha make them think.
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First of all a snapshot of its time second the book inspired a film by Luis Bunuel starring Jeanne Moreau. Also the kindle gives a good presentation of the novel
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