Manon Lescaut by Antoine François Prévost - PDF and EPUB eBook

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The inspiration for three films and several operas, this classic of French literature is set in Regency Paris and Louisiana...

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Details of Manon Lescaut

Exact title of the book
Manon Lescaut
Book author
Antoine François Prévost
Book edition
Paperback
Number of pages
182 pages
Language
English
Published
May 1st 2001 by Dedalus
File size (in PDF)
728 kB
Manon Lescaut

Some brief overview of book

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.