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Marie-Madeleine Pioche de La Vergne, comtesse de La Fayette (baptized 18 March 1634 – 25 May 1693), better known as Madame de La Fayette, was a French writer, the author of La Princesse de Clèves, France's first historical novel and one of the earliest novels in literature. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Echo Library (May 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406894524
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406894523
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,474,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book number 12 in 1001 books you must read before you die. Known as the first novel written in French it relates the story of courtiers in the court of Henri II of France around the end of his reign in 1559. Written a century later with a number of known historical characters including Catherine de Medici (Henri's wife), Mary Stuart, the Dauphine's wife, known as the Reine Dauphine and fleeting mentions of the ascension to the throne of England by Elizabeth I the story is of a young married woman the Princess of Cleves thrown into the political and romantic intrigue of the royal court who attempts not to be drawn into an affair with a much admired and sought after courtier, the Duc de Nemours whom she has fallen in love with. In trying to control her passion she turns to her husband for assistance but as could be predicted it all turns to custard with the husband's jealousy and the lover attempting to sway her while she tries to ignore and control her feelings. The book has some wonderful intimate moments describing the emotional turmoil of the wife in her struggles, the husband's attempts to treat the wife's confession with the compassion that it deserves, and the Duc's attempts to observe the Princess from afar, hoping eventually she will turn to him after her husband's death. I think I could have done with a better translation - buying the free kindle version without foot notes in novels published a few centuries ago is a bit hit and miss!
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I was reading this for a class assignment. Mostly about a woman that decides not to cheat on her husband although she loves another man. It's okay I guess but I would not recommend it.
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By Vbrn on September 27, 2013
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I thought this story would be boring. It is actually very interesting. Read it and imagine the story! You'll like it.
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