Manon Lescaut

Manon Lescaut Review

"'The sweetness of her glance - or rather, my evil star already in its ascendant and drawing me to my ruin - did not allow me to hesitate for a moment...'" "So begins the story of Manon Lescaut, a tale of passion and betrayal, of delinquency and misalliance, which moves from early eighteenth-century Paris - with its theatres, assemblies, and gaming-houses - via prison and deportation to a tragic denouement in the treeless wastes of Louisiana. It is one of the great love stories, and also one of the most enigmatic: how reliable a witness is Des Grieux, Manon's lover, whose tale he narrates? Is Manon a thief and a whore, the image of love itself, or a thoroughly modern woman? Prevost is careful to leave the ambiguities unresolved, and to lay bare the disorders of passion." This new translation includes the vignette and eight illustrations that were approved by Prevost and first published in the edition of 1753.

Title:Manon Lescaut
Edition Language:English

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    Manon Lescaut Reviews

  • Dolors

    Manon Lescaut is a deceptive novel in multiple ways.It could be easily labeled as a classic, picturesque short tale of a doomed love affair between a noble young man, Chevalier des Grieux, and a beaut...

  • Nathan

    This is a novel that puts me in the not completely unfamiliar position of attempting to balance my extreme distaste for the narrator - and even for his story - against my admiration for the way the st...

  • E. G.

    IntroductionNote on the TextNote on the IllustrationsSelect BibliographyA Chronology of the Abbé Prévost--Manon LescautExplanatory Notes...

  • knig

    Manon Lescaut is a slut. A priestess of the highest order: and, made to order. Its hard to know if she is real, or the uber male fantasy wet dream, she juxtastruts about so: think John Cage 4.33.Its t...

  • ·Karen·

    My love is as a fever longing still,For that which longer nurseth the disease;Feeding on that which doth preserve the ill,The uncertain sickly appetite to please.My reason, the physician to my love,An...

  • Roman Clodia

    We were just going to get into bed when he opened the door. 'Oh God!' I said to Manon, 'it's old G.M!' I leaped for my sword but, as ill-luck would have it, it was tangled with my belt.The introductio...

  • Rowena

    Des Grieux is a nobleman who falls in love with the irresistible Manon Lescaut, a woman from the lower classes. They run away together and during the course of their relationship, Manon betrays des Gr...

  • Teresa

    This is a fast-paced, flowing read, though I can see that some will become annoyed with the Chevalier's constant protestations, especially of nothing being his fault. I'm sure the story was quite scan...

  • Czarny Pies

    I like the naked bottom on the cover of the Gallimard Folio edition pictured with this review. Gallimard seems to agree with me in viewing Manon Lescaut as work in the Libertine tradition of 18th cent...

  • Bob Newman

    "Girl from Wrong Side of Town Jinxes Silver Spooner"Many years ago I read the classic Chinese novel "Chin Ping Mei" in which overindulgence in sex, wine, and food occurs so regularly that by the end o...