Bel-Ami by Guy de Maupassant (1885, France)

Guy de Maupassant's scandalous tale of an opportunistic young man corrupted by the allure of power... Young, attractive and very ambitious, George Duroy, known to his admirers as Bel-Ami, is offered a job as a journalist on La Vie francaise and soon makes a great success of his new career. But he also comes face to face with the realities of the corrupt society in which he lives - the sleazy colleagues, the manipulative mistresses and wily financiers - and swiftly learns to become an arch-seducer, blackmailer and social climber in a world where love is only a means to an end. Written when Maupassant was at the height of his powers, "Bel-Ami" is a novel of great frankness and cynicism, but it is also infused with the sheer joy of life - depicting the scenes and characters of Paris in the belle epoque with wit, sensitivity and humanity.

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  • Melissa V.

    Any ideas on where I can get my hands on a copy of this book? I don't have an e-reader, I prefer not to shop on Amazon, and the copy that I have on reserve at the library probably won't be in for a few weeks, which means I probably won't have it finished in time for the meeting.

    September 14

    • Melissa V.

      Never mind, I found a copy on eBay! :D

      September 15

    • Rebecca

      Sorry for not replying. www.betterworldbooks.com­ is a good used/new site. They send via media mail so can take up to 10 days to arrive.

      October 21

  • Lisa H.

    Okay all; re: a burning question from the meetup...here is the initial description of Mme. Walter from page 20 of the novel in the Mauldon translation....you can decide for yourselves if this qualifies her as "hot": "a statuesque, beautiful woman, taller and much younger than [M. Walter], with patrician manners and a grave demeanor."

    2 · October 19

    • Bill

      chacun à son goût

      October 20

    • azar

      A chacun son gout! C'est vrai.

      October 20

  • Marcia

    I really ended being a part of this group. I loved that everyone joined in, had differing perspectives, felt free to disagree. I'm looking forward to our next meeting.

    1 · October 20

  • Marcia

    I really ended being a part of this group. I loved that everyone joined in, had differing perspectives, felt free to disagree. I'm looking forward to our next meeting.

    October 20

  • Bill

    I've uploaded to the Files section of this Meetup website my verbose summary of Bel-Ami on the off chance it might be of interest or useful to someone. I'll take it down in a couple of weeks.

    October 20

  • Christian H.

    Nice to ne there!

    October 19

  • Christian H.

    Nice to ne there!

    October 19

  • Paddy P.

    Food for Thought a Good Read

    October 19

  • Paddy P.

    I can't find where you are meeting can someone give me details on where the building and room #
    Thanks,
    P

    September 14

    • Janet K.

      Don't know if anyone replied to your message. No room number needed, we meet on the ground floor of the union through the open doors next to the Subway. It's called the Tap Room although I can't remember if there is a sign. I usually post a sign next to the door but it's gone by the time we come out so I don't know how long it lasts and whether you will see it ...

      October 18

  • Ann T

    Can't make it - out of town until Monday. Enjoy.

    October 13

    • Janet K.

      Hope to see you next month then. Safe travels.

      October 18

  • April L. O.

    I wasn't able to read the book. I might come anyway.

    October 18

    • Janet K.

      Even if you cannot read the book, I would encourage you to come for the discussion. Often I get so much out of the discussion, I wish I could go back and begin the book again with all the new insights I've gathered. But by then, it's on to the next book... Hope to see you there.

      October 18

  • Lisa H.

    Hey, if anyone wants to hang out at Ashley's after this meetup for drinks/snacks, I'm planning to go there. We can talk about the book more, or veer way off topic!

    October 12

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