Manon Lescaut

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BiblioBazaar, 2008 - Fiction - 180 pages
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Manon Lescaut by the Abbe Prevost was a controversial novel originally banned in France due to its scandalous content -- the passionate and unrepentant sensual relationship of a young nobleman and a beautiful courtesan. The young chevalier des Grieux renounces his riches and his noble family to be with the incomparable Manon. Together they are swept into poverty, misfortunes, and ultimately, tragedy in the New World. This love story has been immortalized in opera. And, as with other grand romances of history and literature, Romeo and Juliet, Antony and Cleopatra, Tristan and Iseult, the passion of these young fierce lovers captures the imagination and sympathies of the reader.

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User Review  - LadyLiz - LibraryThing

I read this for a class about the Fiction of Relationships, and I must admit, I liked the book better after hearing the accompanying lecture. I found the characters a bit one dimensional, but I think ... Read full review

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User Review  - acgallegos91 - LibraryThing

This is one of the few books where I wanted to strangle the main character. Chevalier de Grieux is so madly in love with the lower-class beauty Manon Lescaut that he's willing to forsake his education ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Abbe Prevost, 1697 - 1763 Novelist Abbe Prevost was born Antoine Francois d'Exiles in Hesdin, and he was educated there at a Jesuit school. He was ordained a priest in the Benedictine Order in 1726 and abandoned the order two years later, living several years in England and Holland. Prevost is best known for "Memoires et Aventures d'un Homme de Qualite" (Memoirs and Adventures of a Man of Quality, 7 vol., 1728-1731). The seventh volume is "Histoire du Chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut" (1731), which is popularly known as Manon Lescaut. The novel chronicles the tragic romance of a young aristocrat and a courtesan and was inspired by the operas Manon (1884), by Jules Massenet, and Manon Lescaut (1893), by Giacomo Puccini. His novels with English themes, as well as his translations of the British novelist Samuel Richardson, encouraged French interest in English literature. Those titles included "Pamela" (1742) and Clarissa" (1751).

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