Les Liaisons dangereuses

Yours always
by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0140441166 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 2/17/2020
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Monday, February 17, 2020
I got this slightly-battered softcover at a local Goodwill thrift shop, for another release copy.

The book has been adapted for TV or film at least a dozen times, including the (intentionally?) ridiculous Valmont and a modern-day version, Cruel Intentions. I've seen several film versions; my favorite so far is the 1988 film version with Glenn Close and John Malkovich, perhaps because I don't find Malkovich attractive so I wasn't torn between his supposed charm and his truly nasty behavior {wry grin}.

I really loved the book - but I could also see why it caused an uproar; while the characters seldom include explicit details in their letters to each other, they do make it very clear what they're up to, and what they're up to is a LOT of sex, including the seduction of virgins and of married women (and men, though the latter don't seem to need much seducing)...

The whole thing is framed as a contest between Valmont and the Marquise de Merteuil, with various seductions planned for various reasons - she wants revenge on the lover who dropped her, he wants to get back in her bed, etc. There are letters from some of the other characters too - sometimes these were delivered normally, but a good many of them were waylaid and were then forwarded to somebody else as evidence, for amusement, or as a threat. Almost makes the current harrassment-by-Facebook seem tame - though of course the letters took longer to arrive! The conversations are witty and delightful, with a current of venom; at times it's a challenge to try and read between the lines to detect the writer's true feelings, so careful are they to guard them - or to reveal them under carefully chosen circumstances. Intricate, funny, painful, and very, very wicked, the book is great fun - even though the characters are almost all unsympathetic, either for being manipulative fiends or silly geese!

[I have yet to see my perfect Valmont in a film or TV version of this book, but I read that Alan Rickman played him on stage; oh, I wish I could have seen that!]

This Unshelved Book Club strip is about the book - check it out! And the TV Tropes page has lots of entertaining tidbits about the book and its adaptations.

Released 1 mo ago (5/30/2020 UTC) at Little Free Library, Oak Hill Trail in Concord, New Hampshire USA


Guidelines for safely visiting and stocking Little Free Libraries during the COVID-19 pandemic, from the LFL site here.

I left this book in the Little Free Library at the trailhead off of Shaker Road; hope someone enjoys it!

[See other recent releases in NH here.]

*** Released for the 2020 Movie challenge. ***

*** Released for the 2020 Theater challenge. ***

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