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Bel Ami, or The History of a Scoundrel

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“He had faith in his good fortune, in that power of attraction which he felt within him - a power so irresistible that all women yielded to it.”



Though firmly set in 1880s Paris, Maupassant's gripping story of an amoral journalist on the make could, with only slight modifications of detail, be updated to the 1960s, to the Reagan-Thatcher years, or maybe to the present day. Anti-hero Georges Duroy is a down-at-heel ex-soldier of no particular talent. Good-looking but somewhat lacking in self-confidence, he discovers an ability to control and exploit women - whereupon his career in journalism takes off, fuelled by the corruption of colleagues and government arrivistes. He may be a provincial Don Juan, but he is neither accident-prone nor heading for a fall...



A Hollywood screen adaptation is in preparation at the time of recording.

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BEL AMI

OR

THE HISTORY OF A SCOUNDREL

A NOVEL

BY

GUY DE MAUPASSANT

TABLE OF CONTENTS

CHAPTER I. POVERTY CHAPTER II. MADAME FORESTIER CHAPTER III. FIRST ATTEMPTS CHAPTER IV. DUROY LEARNS SOMETHING CHAPTER V. THE FIRST INTRIGUE CHAPTER VI. A STEP UPWARD CHAPTER VII. A DUEL WITH AN END CHAPTER VIII. DEATH AND A PROPOSAL CHAPTER IX. MARRIAGE CHAPTER X. JEALOUSY CHAPTER XI. MADAME WALTER TAKES A HAND CHAPTER XII. A MEETING AND THE RESULT CHAPTER XIII. MADAME MARELLE CHAPTER XIV. THE WILL CHAPTER XV. SUZANNE CHAPTER XVI. DIVORCE CHAPTER XVII. THE FINAL PLOT CHAPTER XVIII. ATTAINMENT

BEL AMI

CHAPTER I.

POVERTY

After changing his five franc piece Georges Duroy left the restaurant. He twisted his mustache in military style and cast a rapid, sweeping glance upon the diners, among whom were three saleswomen, an untidy music teacher of uncertain age, and two women with their husbands.

When he reached the sidewalk, he paused to consider what route he should take... Continue reading book >>


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