Thursday, May 10, 2012
Book Challenge A-Z #5 Les Liasons Dangereuses by Choderlos DeLaclos
The "D" author's last name requirement
'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.
Be careful of the tricks one plays on someone else, because you might eventually fall for them yourselves.
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