Guy De Maupassant

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Bel-Ami is a novel by French author Guy De Maupassant, first published in 1885. In Paris, Georges Duroy rises from a lowly clerk to a successful journalist with the help of his connections and manipulations. He leverages affairs with influential women to further his career, including Madeleine Forestier and Mme de Marelle. After marrying Madeleine upon her husband's death, he becomes jealous and suspicious, leading to a strained relationship. He ultimately divorces Madeleine, using her infidelity as grounds. As he climbs higher in society, he manipulates relationships for personal gain, culminating in a marriage of convenience with his boss's daughter. Throughout, Duroy's ambition and opportunism drive the narrative, showcasing the complexities of power and ambition in upper-class Parisian society.

This book has 51,552 words, 106 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1885.

Production notes: This ebook of Bel-Ami was published by Global Grey in 2021, and updated on the 15th February 2024. The artwork used for the cover is 'Self-portrait' by Anton von Werner.

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