[Ebook] ➢ Histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut ➨ Antoine François Prévost – Iphoneleaks.co.uk

summary Histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut, series Histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut, book Histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut, pdf Histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut, Histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut 5f2f2b2eac 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

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    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 beautiful maiden from a lower breed, set in the Paris of The R gence, a convulsive era where class structures and ancient regime ruled the world Told from the male lover point of view in a fast paced, flowing narrative, the reader is presented with the irrevocable passion, almost obsession des Grieux is consumed with when he first sets his eyes on Manon, a fatal moment which will make his inner peace crumble down and bring him to perform all sort of dubious acts, even to commit murder, to keep his beloved with him.Des Grieux constructs his own story in retrospection, using a nameless narrator who crosses paths with him almost at the end of his misadventures, giving this way a foreboding tone to the story Love has made me too soft, too passionate, too faithful and perhaps over indulgent of the desires of a most charming woman and that is the sum of my crimes says des Grieux, talking about his beloved Manon, the temptress, and the one to blame for his forthcoming misdeeds.The fact that we only get to hear Manon s voice throughout des Grieux s account leaves the reader completely blind about her character, devoid of her motivations or her true feelings Des Grieux describes her as a fickle, capricious creature prone to take other lovers in order to live lavishly So Manon appears as a cold, calculating character, becoming a sort of desirable object to possess, an object des Grieux rightfully believes to belong to him But still, in the rare passages where Manon can voice her quiescent values, we can envisage a strong spirit who keeps defying des Grieux s views with her struggles to remain her own mistress Couldn t it be that in challenging him to broaden his conservative views about relationships, Manon would also be challenging the imposed gender politics of the time In any case, the driven plot of the story takes sweet revenge separating the lovers again and again in myriad forms family, legal authority and the gulf between social classes keep preventing them from being together until they receive the ultimate punishment in being exiled to the colonies in New Orleans, where against all odds and once set free of the French, rotten social pressures, the idea of a simple, bare existence in a new world impregnates them with a wish to live at peace with rekindled values of virtue and morality, flirting even with an improbable happy ending, which makes the final twist in the story even brusque and cruel than expected.As I stated at the beginning of this rambling review, this self righteous account, this seemingly lineal plot and simple, direct style can be misleading My first instinctive reaction to the story was to doubt the veracity of des Grieux s biased tale for he is a flawed hero and unreliable narrator His constant search for self excuse, his vain urge in blaming others for his own acts, his theatrical, almost parodic explosion of emotive outbursts and his unremorseful confession of using them to take advantage of others made it very difficult to empathize with him But what most struck me when trying to add perspective into the story was the shameful realization that my dislike for des Grieux came from recognition, as his futile attempts at trying to hold on to Manon revealed the universal impossibility of a mutual understanding, the hopelessness of a complete possession of the other.No simple tale then, but a novel which oozes with the complexity of human relationships and the tragic consequences of trying to cross the barrier of subjectivity in appealing to raw emotions, as one can t disengage from individual consciousness , however much we try What fatal power had dragged me down to crime How came it that love, an innocent passion, had turned for me into the source of all misery and vice wonders a despairing des Grieux.Exalted existential questions about the tragic consequences of being in love, as being infected by an incurable disease, which robs us of our former selves, blinding us with passion, making it difficult to find our place in a material world where authority and order prevail over emotions.And in this sense, I d say that Manon Lescaut is a disruptive novel because in giving free expression to des Grieux s feelings, even if charged with subjectivity, Pr vost is encouraging us to reach our own truths through language, although he also whispers a warning, reminding us that our own reached reality might be easily misunderstood by those we love the most and by the world we live in.

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    IntroductionNote on the TextNote on the IllustrationsSelect BibliographyA Chronology of the Abb Pr vost Manon Lescaut Explanatory Notes

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    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 story is told Let s get the aggravations out of the way objections so strong, they caused me to put this relatively short novel down twice before I finally finished it.The Chevalier de Grieux is nothing short of an idiot A young man from a wealthy family, he falls in rapturous love with a lower class waif, Manon, and proceeds to squander his fortune, his education, his career, and his principles for her Which is bad enough, but the net result is that he squanders HER, too his inept actions put her in greater and greater jeopardy, until he has no choice but to follow her to the penal colony of New Orleans, view spoiler where his final set of bad choices ultimately cost her her life hide spoiler

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    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 the Chevalier whose lament we witness Not in the ordinary esque tableau Which latter didacts a scene like this image error

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    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,Angry that his prescriptions are not kept,Hath left me, and I desperate now approveDesire is death, which physic did except.Past cure I am, now Reason is past care,And frantic mad with ever unrest My thoughts and my discourse as madmen s are,At random from the truth vainly expressed For I have sworn thee fair, and thought thee bright, Who art as black as hell, as dark as night.William Shakespeare Sonnet 147Shakespeare s notorious Dark Lady, black as hell, dark as night she was no faithful to the poet than Manon is to her lover, des Grieux Two men complaining of women who feel they have every right to bestow their favours where they please both men see themselves as past reason, but for Shakespeare that is sickness, madness, a disease that needs curing Des Grieux, curiously, does not This is love, unconditional, irrational, inexplicable, a force of nature that comes over you, that overcomes you, that turns everything upside down He knows in his mind that it is unreasonable, and he cannot be sure if his Manon really loves him best, and cannot be sure if she would have loved him and him alone if only he d had enough money to keep her in the manner to which she d like to become accustomed But he doesn t want the cure, he doesn t even see this as sickness He gives up everything for her, follows her even to the New World, to a world that they can make new, according to their rules It nearly works, until the machinery of French Ancien R gime government, transposed to this brave new world with such goodly creatures in it, once again cranks into action The Governor of New Orleans discovers that Manon and des Grieux are not married at all, as they have been claiming In which case, as in the Old World, she is disposable goods, once Poor Manon What surprised me most about this is how French of close to 300 years ago doesn t feel terribly different to French nowadays Once or twice I checked on a phrase in the online English version and found sweetly archaic sounding sentences Alas replied I, after a moment s silence, it is but too true that I am the unhappy victim of the vilest perfidy Oh woe is me, alack and alas, but strangely, the rest doesn t sound nearly as stuffy in French Maybe that explains why des Grieux didn t make me fume with frustration, an effect that he seems to have on a lot of reviewers hereabouts Idiotic is one of the polite epithets A lot of people seem to think he s blind Hasn t a clue about love, as this is obviously nothing but lust But love is sparked by desire what you make out of it, to go along with the desire, is up to each individual Des Grieux stays with her through thick and thin, follows her all the way to America surely that must count as real love Sorry, that came out wrong It s a long way, is all And he is blind it s true, but only to the fact that he and Manon are operating on different codes She is sweet, and compliant, and fond of pretty things and going to the theatre, which is precisely what he loves about her But it means, in her pragmatic way, that she can be sweet and compliant with rich men too, which is a useful way of getting her the pretty things and the visits to the theatre But that is separate Her heart belongs to her Chevalier, not her body Get over it Chevalier.

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    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 introduction to my Penguin edition discusses this in terms of tragic grandeur well, call me a Philistine but I found myself smirking and giggling throughout this tale of femme fatale Manon and her unbelievably naive to the point of silliness lover, des Grieux Mere teenagers when they meet, he picks her up at an inn as she s being sent to a convent and whisks her off to a love nest, abandoning his plans to study for the priesthood and ignoring the advice of his best friend and father Then when the money runs out, Manon abandons him for a rich loverOne of the reasons I struggled is that that scenario plays out three times des Grieux loses all his money and he does seem to be the unluckiest man alive if his house can burn down, it will , Manon goes off with a rich lover, they meet again, she makes her excuses, he takes her in his arms, they live happily till the money runs out Oh yes, and they go to prison, repeatedly, until Manon is sent as a convict to New Orleans view spoiler Even there the silliness doesn t stop des Grieux kills a man in a duel, runs off into the desert with Manon who dies of tiredness in his arms but wait, the man didn t die, isn t even badly wounded, it was all for nothing, d oh hide spoiler

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    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 scandalous for its time.The fact that the Chevalier s story is actually being told by another narrator might be easily forgotten The unnamed narrator says near the beginning that he is quoting the Chevalier s words with no interference, thus as verbatim as possible, which to my 21st century mind immediately brings up the idea of an unreliable narrator, and whether that might be the narrator himself or the Chevalier While the motivations for deceptive narrating are very easy to see in the case of the Chevalier, and are undoubtedly within the text, thus adding to the complexity of the Chevalier s character, what would be the motivation for the narrator To avoid looking like one of the Chevalier s dupes In that case, the veracity of the whole story would come into question, though I don t think that should be the case Then there is the character of Manon We only know what the Chevalier says and thinks about her, and there is a case to be made that she is very different from his depiction.I m sure the Abbe intended this to be a tragedy, but it read as a comedy to me with its over the top adventures, even through to the climax, which at first seemed tragic but only for a moment as the next thing we learn becomes another event in a sort of comedy of errors The Chevalier calls all of this his fate In the unhistorical depiction of colonial New Orleans, I found humor as well, perhaps unintentional and perhaps because I am from N.O , especially in a passage where the Chevalier is rapturous about the colony, sounding almost like a tourist brochure I do think it very significant, though, that the lovers end up in a land where their class difference no longer matters, though religion and the law do.I have no doubt that I am imposing my 21st century sensibilities onto this 18th c novel The theme of trying to make sense of an irrational emotion such as love, however, seems universal.

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    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 Grieux three times He takes her back every time after experiencing some angsty thoughts, such as But in my heart I was so overjoyed at seeing her again that I could scarcely bring myself to say a hard word to her, despite all the grounds I had for being angry Yet my heart was bleeding at the cruel outrage she had done me I quickly called all this to mind in an attempt to fan the flames of my indignation, and I tried to make my eyes blaze with other fires than those of love The blurb on the back of the book describes Manon Lescaut as a femme fatale so I was expecting her to be really evil, akin to Mildred in Somerset Maugham s Of Human Bondage Well, she really wasn t as bad as I thought she was, just silly and childish, as was her lover, Chevalier des Grieux.I really enjoyed reading the book, although des Grieux quite annoyed me Some may say that it was romantic that he left his inheritance for love but I found him and irritating as the story went on The language was quite poetic and it was obvious that the author had some religious training or knowledge De Grieux was the narrator for the majority of the book, and he told his story in a very engaging way Definitely a book I d read again.

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    Afirmen que las delicias del amor son pasajeras, que est n prohibidas, que ser n seguidas de penas eternas y que, cuanto m s dulces y sabrosas sean, mayor ser la magnanimidad del Cielo al recompensar tan gran sacrificio pero confiesen que con corazones como los nuestros aqu abajo constituyen la suprema felicidad Manon Lescaut u originalmente Historia del caballero Des Grieux y Manon Lescaut es un segmento de la monumental obra del bate Pr vost titulada Memorias y Aventuras de un hombre de calidad retirado del mundo y obviamente es la que alcanz mayor fama y gloria Cl sico de cl sicos para los franceses Lectura obligada quiz s hasta nuestros d as fue conocido por generaciones enteras.Nuevamente por Stendhal en su Rojo y Negro llegu a ella, cuando Juli n pensaba que la pera de igual nombre no era superior a la novela La influencia que ha tenido en la obra mencionada de Stendhal, Carmen de M rim e e incluso La dama de las camelias de Dumas es palpable y evidente.Sin embargo para su poca fue una total novedad el tema que trataba y la manera de contarlo, en el siglo XVIII, all por el a o 1732, pues contaba de una relaci n amorosa obsesiva y hasta un cierto punto libertina e inmoral En efecto el personaje masculino el caballero Des Grieux, joven de apenas 20 a os, t mido como l mismo se dec a, conocer a Manon Lescaut quien lo cautivar de por vida y por ella entrar en un c rculo de contradicciones y situaciones terriblemente enojosas de las cuales tratar de salir Las actitudes contradictorias hasta cierto punto de su bella y joven amante sacar de quicio no solamente a l sino seguro al lector que tenga la oportunidad de leer esta historia En general las acciones siempre est n presentes y eso es algo que me encant , la manera de contarlo es sencilla y no demasiado profunda Se hablan de muchas cosas como la infidelidad, la amistad, la religiosidad, la obsesi n, la virtud, la traici n, la corrupci n y un largo etc tera Muchos temas importantes y frases a mi parecer muy buenas.Sin embargo considero que la novela es relativamente sencilla, los personajes manejan lenguajes similares como en Alejandro Dumas, no hay una riqueza de di logos ni pensamientos, tampoco encuentro grandes reflexiones aunque los temas se plantean y con relativo xito El tema sin duda fue vanguardista e inaugur pr cticamente un nuevo g nero en las novelas francesas de esa poca Contradijo la idea que la virtud es el nico camino del hombre de aquella poca para darle una importancia mayor al amor e incluso al placer, por ello fue muchas veces censurada La historia en general vale y mucho.Espero leer alg n d a el libreto de la pera de Puccini hom nima y ver qu tan buena es Un cl sico muy recomendable.

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    There must be few among us who cannot identify to some extent with the adolescent blindness of sexual passion, with the impulsiveness born of desire, with the naivet that refuses to look at reality, viewing wisdom as timidity, caution as cowardice, and calculation as callousness Pr vost s short novel is a mirror that makes one squirm as one reads and remembers, while eliciting a tut tut only from those too sanctimonious to be honest with themselves or too emotionally thwarted to be willing to remember How often in reading this tale of inconstancy, lack of self restraint, and predictable woe does one wish to take the hero by the shoulders and shake sense into him, and how ineffective one knows that would be, since his is a story of repeatedly returning to what is most destructive to his happiness Love and anxiety are inextricably linked in this tale Love and commercialism are as well, since money or lack thereof is always what keeps the lovers apart, and prostitution becomes the means of getting enough money to stay together Every value except obsessive determination on the part of de Grieux is sacrificed family, church, friendship, career, honor, all being shouldered aside and we see the situation only through his limited and biased perspective, just as he insists on narrowing his own vision to the extent of figuratively blinding himself to everything but his possessive love The story reads like a parable, a cautionary tale that can come to but one possible conclusion, a conclusion that we foresee long before the end The heart of the story is framed by the narrator to whom the hero tells the story, reminiscent of Coleridge s famous poem, Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner Pr vost does not hesitate to include philosophical discussions contrasting the pursuit of pleasure with the dedication to religion and religious virtues, and his ponderings reflect Enlightenment influences that continue to impact our ideas and discussions today Like so many people today and at all times, I suppose , our hero focuses so much on self interest that he uses his claims regarding the purity, intensity, and hallowedness of his love to ignore or at least to justify his descent into theft, deception, prostitution, and murder How easy it is to rationalize the pursuit of what we desire Not only that, but de Grieux is credulous beyond belief, endlessly willing to excuse Manon, endlessly willing to accept her protestations of innocence and love, protestations coming from a lover entirely amoral, entirely fixated on her own luxury and prospects for financial security to the extent that she is able at every turn to deceive not only de Grieux but probably also herself.Is it ever easy for each of us to see his own obsessions, his own blind spots and rationalizations, his own justifications that pave the way to the achievement of his own desires, and is it ever easy to derail the train that seems so obviously the way to the fulfillment of our cravings Instant gratification is the mantra of our times, and delayed or sublimated gratification seems puritanical at best, stunting to the expansion of our precious egos at worst How many of us are willing to pause, step back, and take stock of our lives with the goal of assessing the appropriateness of the path we are on This book invites such honest and difficult contemplation.Ultimately, the reader must decide for himself whether de Grieux is idealist or scoundrel, hero or dupe, faithful or foolish Perhaps he is a combination of these, as perhaps are we all.At least two notable operas have been based upon this work, Puccini s Manon Lescaut and Massenet s Manon, both well worth experiencing.

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