Guy de Maupassant is revered for his naturalistic fiction, which brilliantly captures flesh-and-blood characters as it evokes the most telling details of everyday life. Considered one of the finest French novels ever written, Bel Ami follows journalist Georges Duroy and his increasing stature among the Paris elite. With an immense thirst for power, Georges is not above an almost gleeful use of wealthy mistresses to achieve his ends.
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I really enjoyed this one over the course of a week in Tenerife and undertook it with the intention of pairing it with the new film version of the novel which doesn’t subsequently seem to have hit the cinemas with anything like the impact that I thought it would have. It has been a good many years since I read the series of Normandy short stories by Maupassant, but it is nice to report that the writing still is as open and accessible as I previously recalled and the narrative was as engaging as I would have anticipated.
For all the recent comment on how contemporary the subject-matter, this story of Paris is dated in the detail but ‘very modern’ in the pre-occupations - which just goes to illustrate that life in all its complexities doesn’t suffer time or national changes.
As always, the perfect way to escape the day to day grind into a new world for the holiday week - really enjoyed.
I loved listening to this book. It is so beautifully written, so evocative, the characters flawed and real.
The narrator is excellent, perfect for this piece. I would definitely recommend Bel Ami.
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