A fictional adventure based on the story of two survivors of the Whydah, a real pirate ship captained by Black Sam Belamy that sank in 1717. The Whydah carried a huge treasure but little of it has... More > ever been found. A twisting tale of action, adventure and romance across three generations and three continents, The Sword of Black Sam Belamy hardly pauses for breath and keeps you gripped from the dramatic prologue right up to the very last page.< Less
His rise testifies to the decline of a whole society.' Jean-Paul Sartre
Maupassant's second novel, Bel-Ami (1885) is the story of a ruthlessly ambitious young man (Georges Duroy, christened... More > 'Bel-Ami' by his female admirers) making it to the top in fin-de-siècle Paris. It is a novel about money, sex, and power, set against the background of the politics of the French colonization of North Africa. It explores the dynamics of an urban society uncomfortably close to our own and is a devastating satire of the sleaziness of contemporary journalism.
Bel-Ami enjoys the status of an authentic record of the apotheosis of bourgeois capitalism under the Third Republic. But the creative tension between its analysis of modern behaviour and its identifiably late nineteenth-century fabric is one of the reasons why Bel-Ami remains one of the finest French novels of its time, as well as being recognized as Maupassant's greatest achievement as a novelist. (from http://ukcatalogue.oup.com).
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This is a magical tale of the beginning of a strong friendship between the lion Arthur of Arthur Seat and a young boy called Mortimer Belami. This is their first adventure in one of the most... More > beautiful capital cities in our precious world. It is for you to guess where their first meeting takes place.< Less
This collection of the works of Guy de Maupassant, 1850-1893, contains the following books:
The History of a Heart (Une vie), The history of a scoundrel (Bel-Ami), Pierre and Jean (Pierre et Jean),... More > Strong as Death (Fort comme la mort), Yvette< Less