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Bel Ami, or The History of a Scoundrel

Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893)

1. 01 - Poverty
2. 02 - Madame Forestier
3. 03 - First Attempts
4. 04 - Duroy Learns Something
5. 05 - The First Intrigue, part one
6. 06 - The First Intrigue, part two
7. 07 - The First Intrigue, part three
8. 08 - A Step Upward, part one
9. 09 - A Step Upward, part two
10. 10 - A Duel with an End
11. 11 - Death and a Proposal
12. 12 - Marriage, part one
13. 13 - Marriage, part two
14. 14 - Jealousy
15. 15 - Mme Walter Takes a Hand, part one
16. 16 - Mme Walter Takes a Hand, part two
17. 17 - A Meeting and the Result
18. 18 - Madame Marelle, part one
19. 19 - Madame Marelle, part two
20. 20 - The Will
21. 21 - Suzanne, part one
22. 22 - Suzanne, part two
23. 23 - Divorce
24. 24 - The Final Plot
25. 25 - Attainment

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Summary

“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.