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Manon Lescaut

The inspiration for three films and several operas, this classic of French literature is set in Regency Paris and Louisiana around 1720. A tragic love story, it's also an epic adventure story with three infidelities, three escapes, three abductions and two murders. The action spans two continents and a social range extending from the aristocracy to the social outcast, from pillars of the establishment to pimps and prostitutes. Manon Lescaut's ambiguous love story has a transcendent significance: Is it a cautionary tale, warning of the dangers to which passion, blindly followed, can lead? Or does it illustrate the redemptive power of love? After all, Des Grieux's perseverance in his devotion to Manon eventually brings about a profound change of heart in her and seems to make possible a lasting happiness based on deep mutual affection. The ambiguity persists to the end, when death snatches that happiness away.
Manon Lescaut
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The inspiration for three films and several operas, this classic of French literature is set in Regency Paris and Louisiana around 1720. A tragic love story, it's also an epic adventure story with three infidelities, three escapes, three abductions and two murders. The action spans two continents and a social range extending from the aristocracy to the social outcast, from pillars of the establishment to pimps and prostitutes. Manon Lescaut's ambiguous love story has a transcendent significance: Is it a cautionary tale, warning of the dangers to which passion, blindly followed, can lead? Or does it illustrate the redemptive power of love? After all, Des Grieux's perseverance in his devotion to Manon eventually brings about a profound change of heart in her and seems to make possible a lasting happiness based on deep mutual affection. The ambiguity persists to the end, when death snatches that happiness away.
prevost (1697-1763) had an eventful life, including time spent in an english prison for forgery. a solider, priest and protestant convert, he was also a journalist, pamphleteer, transalor of richardson's novels.
Author
Abbe Prevost
Series
Dedalus European Classics
Language
English
Translator
Steve Larkin
ISBN-10
1873982771
ISBN-13
9781873982778
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
DEWEY
FIC
Year
2001
Publication Date
2001-05-31
Imprint
Dedalus Ltd
Place of Publication
Cambs
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Translated from
French
Birth
1697
Death
1763
Residence
US
Short Title
MANON LESCAUT REV/E
Edition Description
Revised
Pages
100
Publisher
Dedalus
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