The History of a Scoundrel (Bel-Ami)--Unabridged
ebook ∣ A Novel from one of the greatest French writers, widely regarded as the 'Father of Short Story' writing, who had influenced Tolstoy, W. Somerset Maugham, O. Henry, Anton Chekhov and Henry James
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This carefully crafted ebook: "The History of a Scoundrel (Bel-Ami) - Unabridged" is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents. Bel Ami is the second novel by French author Guy de Maupassant, with an English translation titled Bel Ami, or, The History of a Scoundrel. The story chronicles journalist Georges Duroy's corrupt rise to power from a poor ex-NCO to one of the most successful men in Paris, most of which he achieves by manipulating a series of powerful, intelligent, and wealthy mistresses. The novel is set in Paris in the upper-middle class environment of the leading journalists of the newspaper La Vie Française and their friends. It tells the story of Georges Duroy, who has spent three years in military service in Algeria. After working for six months as a clerk in Paris, an encounter with his former comrade, Forestier, enables him to start a career as a journalist. Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893) was a popular French writer, considered one of the fathers of the modern short story and one of the form's finest exponents. Maupassant was a protégé of Flaubert and his stories are characterized by economy of style and efficient, effortless dénouements (outcomes).