Manon Lescaut by Antoine François Prévost - PDF and EPUB eBook
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
- Number of pages
- 182 pages
- May 1st 2001 by Dedalus
- File size (in PDF)
- 728 kB
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.