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Manon Lescaut

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Published: 1731
Language: English
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 74.8
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 2,299 5772

The controversial and scandalous love story of le Chevalier Des Grieux and his lover Manon Lescaut, a young woman with a taste for luxury.

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o dispose of the miserable horse that has brought me hither, and am preparing to continue the journey on foot."

Although he seemed to recite this story tranquilly enough, I observed the tears start to his eyes as he concluded. This adventure struck me as being not less singular than it was affecting. "I do not press you," said I to him, to make me the confidant of your secrets; but if I can be of use to you in any way, I gladly tender you my services." "Alas!" replied he, "I see not the slightest ray of hope. I must reconcile myself to my destiny in all its rigour. I shall go to America: there, at least, I may be free to live with her I love. I have written to a friend, who will send me money to Havre-de-Grace. My only difficulty is to get so far, and to supply that poor creature," added he, as he cast a look of sorrow at his mistress, "with some few comforts upon the way." "Well!" said I to him, "I shall relieve you from that difficulty. Here is some money, of which I entreat your acceptance: I a

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3.5 from 2 reviews: ****

Translated into modern English and easy to read, but it reads rather poignant, so I think it may have lost a lot in the translation from 1700’s French. I read this after hearing of it in a book titled Camille, by Alexandre Dumas, which tells a similar story. I don’t want to too much of the story away, but will warn you that it’s not a happy romance but instead tells a story of constant struggles and hardships caused primarily by the girls selfish desires and the boys true love for her. The story was sad whereas I prefer joyful stories to escape real life, but It is a unique book that lasted through the decades so I recommend reading it.


Even though English is not my mother tongue I found to book fascinating. Its is a very old version I have and the many ilustrations it contains are just wonderful. All together I found it a masterpiece.



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