Thursday, May 10, 2012

Book Challenge A-Z #5 Les Liasons Dangereuses by Choderlos DeLaclos

Fulfilling the requirement:

The "D" author's last name  requirement

Summary:

'If this book burns' proclaimed Baudelaire, 'it burns as only ice can burn.'

Marie-Antoinette kept a bound copy of this notorious study of sexual intrigue in her private library; and it was condemned by a criminal court forty years after its publication in 1782 and publicly incinerated. The satanic hero and heroine of this greatest of eighteenth-century novels- a pair of depraved aristocrats- plot and achieve the seduction of a young convent girl with the calm detachment of mathematicians solving an algebraic formula.

Honest to the point of cynicism, this is a fascinating exposure of an aristocracy shortly to perish in the French Revolution.

Lesson learned:

Be careful of the tricks one plays on someone else, because you might eventually fall for them yourselves.

Link to review: Click here

2 comments:

  1. I saw the blog link over at Smart B's and came on over.

    I so should read more classics

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  2. Les Liaisons Dangereuses is a pretty good book in my opinion, and it doesn't really read like a typical classic :) The movie, Cruel Intentions, is based on it. (Excepting few minor details, the movie is very close to the book.)

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