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Manon Lescaut

Abbé Prévost

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Manon Lescaut (on which the Puccini opera is based) takes as its themes passionate, tragic love, and redemption through suffering. It is the story of the Chevalier des Grieux, a student, who sees Manon as she is being taken to a convent, and instantly falls in love with her. He offers to save her from the convent, and the two young lovers run away to Paris. There follow many adventures and tribulations, throughout which the Chevalier remains steadfastly loyal to his love.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .er me,' she added, 'so that we may remain without apprehension in Paris, taking a convenient house, where we shall live, oh how happily together!'

"I represented to her that, although there might be no danger for her, there was a great deal for me, who must be sooner or later infallibly recognised, and continually exposed to a repetition of the trials I had before endured. She gave me to understand that she could not quit Paris without regret. I had such a dread of giving her annoyance, that there were no risks I would not have encountered for her sake. However, we compromised matters by resolving to take a house in some village near Paris, from whence it would be easy for us to come into town whenever pleasure or business required it. We fixed on Chaillot, which is at a convenient distance. Manon at once returned to her house, and I went to wait for her at a side-gate of the garden of the Tuileries.

"She returned an hour after, in a hired c. . . Read More

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Manon Lescaut is a slut. A priestess of the highest order: and, made to order. Its hard to know if she is real, or the uber male fantasy wet dream, she juxtastruts about so: think John Cage 4.33.

Its the Chevalier whose lament we witness. Not in the ordinary-esque tableau. Which latter didacts a s...more

This is a fast-paced, flowing read, though I can see that some will become annoyed with the Chevalier's constant protestations, especially of nothing being his fault. I'm sure the story was quite scandalous for its time.

The fact that the Chevalier's story is actually being told by another narrato...more

This is a novel that puts me in the not completely unfamiliar position of attempting to balance my extreme distaste for the narrator - and even for his story - against my admiration for the way the story is told. Let's get the aggravations out of the way: objections so strong, they caused me to p...more

There must be few among us who cannot identify to some extent with the adolescent blindness of sexual passion, with the impulsiveness born of desire, with the naiveté that refuses to look at reality, viewing wisdom as timidity, caution as cowardice, and calculation as callousness. Prévost’s short...more

Manon Lescaut is a deceptive novel in multiple ways.
It could be easily labeled as a classic, picturesque short tale of a doomed love affair between a noble young man, Chevalier des Grieux, and a beautiful maiden from a lower breed, set in the Paris of The Régence, a convulsive era where class str...more

This was the first of a series of books I'm reading for a "Coursera" course about the Relationships in Fiction.
It reminded me a lot of Justine (or the Misfortunes of Virtue) by Marquis De Sand: same critique on ethics of the time, same exaggeration, but on the whole a more pleasant reading than...more

Des Grieux is a nobleman who falls in love with the irresistible Manon Lescaut, a woman from the lower classes. They run away together and during the course of their relationship, Manon betrays des Grieux three times. He takes her back every time after experiencing some angsty thoughts, such as “...more

The books of Antoine François Prévost (1697-1763) or the Abbé Prévost as he’s generally known are all forgotten, apart from one short novel, Manon Lescaut. It’s one of the classic tales of obsessive (and destructive) love.

It was originally written as part of a much longer work, Memoirs and Advent...more

Dakle, za neopreznog i naivnog čitaoca iz 21. veka koji bi mu pristupio sa neosnovanom pretpostavkom neke sopstvene prednosti ili preimućstva, ovaj roman predstavlja jamu punu zamki za medvede.
Takav čitalac bi od društvenog romana napisanog i objavljenog 1731. godine – čitav vek pre Balzaka – mož...more

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