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Bel Ami

Guy de Maupassant

Book Overview: 

Though firmly set in 1880s Paris, Maupassant's gripping story of an amoral journalist on the make could, with only slight modifications of detail, be updated to the 1960s, to the Reagan-Thatcher years, or maybe to the present day. Anti-hero Georges Duroy is a down-at-heel ex-soldier of no particular talent. Good-looking but somewhat lacking in self-confidence, he discovers an ability to control and exploit women - whereupon his career in journalism takes off, fuelled by the corruption of colleagues and government arrivistes. He may be a provincial Don Juan, but he is neither accident-prone nor heading for a fall.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .P> Examining him from head to foot, she cried: "How you have changed! Well; tell me the news."

They began to chat at once as if they were old acquaintances, and in five minutes an intimacy, a mutual understanding, was established between those two beings alike in character and kind. Suddenly the young woman said in surprise: "It is astonishing how I feel with you. It seems to me as if I had known you ten years. We shall undoubtedly become good friends; would that please you?"

He replied: "Certainly," with a smile more expressive than words. He thought her very bewitching in her pretty gown. When near Mme. Forestier, whose impassive, gracious smile attracted yet held at a distance, and seemed to say: "I like you, yet take care," he felt a desire to cast himself at her feet, or to kiss the hem of her garment. When near Mme. de Marelle, he felt a more passionate desire.

A gentle rap came at the door through which Mme. de Marelle had. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Bel-Ami. What a great discovery! I frankly enjoyed reading this very much. It's fluid and captivating, really, and Maupassant offers us a good range of characters from the time, all more or less exciting but with a specific role in the plot, which I greatly appreciate. I particularly liked the (none

"Y en el espejo confuso donde se realizaban sus esperanzas, esperanzas de grandeza, de éxito, fama, dinero y amor, descubrió de repente, como una de esas guirnaldas de ángeles que ascienden al cielo, del apoteosis, una procesión de mujeres elegantes, ricas y poderosas que pasaban ante él sonriéndole

A while back, I happened to read some of De Maupassant's darkly humorous short stories from the 'Parisian affair' collection and found them a pure delight. He no doubt had a talent of capturing the bourgeousie society and predominantly focusing on relationships between men and women, exploring the n

For a novel published in 1885 and set in the Paris of that period, this novel has a remarkably modern feel. It's about sleazy journalism, corrupt politicians, sex, money and power. And through it all is the Bel-Ami of the title - Georges Duroy, who uses his liaisons with rich and / or powerful women

Guy de Maupassant was responsible for a couple of items named Bel-Ami. One was his very successful 1885 novel and the other was his small sailing yacht.

Here is what the latter looked like, from a Sale advertisement.

Advertisement for the sale of Guy de Maupassant's Yacht 'Bel-Ami' (litho) (b/w photo)

”There are many women who would give way to a passing whim, a sudden violent desire or an amorous fancy if they weren’t afraid that their brief moment of happiness would end in a dreadful scandal and bitter tears.”

Georges Duroy comes from the provinces of France to Paris with the determination to ma

«Που να βρω ένα φιλαράκο ( συγγραφική αδεία ) να μου πει πως μ’αγαπάει στ’αλήθεια, αφού και ‘συ έχεις εξαφανιστεί».
Ο διαβόητος Ζωρζ Ντυρουά που πουλούσε έρωτα για καρδιές και μυαλά ευάλωτων στην ηδονή και την απόλαυση γυναίκων και αγόραζε κλεμμένες ευτυχίες, χρήμα, δύναμη και κοινωνική καταξίωση.

Guy de Maupassant's 1885 portrayal of a scoundrel of the highest order, is set in Paris and was written with great style and not a little humour.

It really brings this period to life, and though this isn't edge of the seat stuff, the pages turn just as quickly following the exploits of George Duroy

(826 From 1001 Books) - Bel-Ami = The History of a Scoundrel, Guy de Maupassant

Bel Ami is the second novel by French author Guy de Maupassant, published in 1885; an English translation titled Bel Ami, or, The History of a Scoundrel: A Novel first appeared in 1903.

The story chronicles journalist Geo

A meaty, exciting, insightful novel. Maupassant is so skilled with structure and is clearly champing at the bit to depict the ins and outs of 1880's Parisian culture (the extremely spoilery introduction is worth reading after you read the book to learn about the narrative parallels between Bel-Ami a

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