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Bel-Ami, by Guy de Maupassant

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Bel ami, de Guy de Maupassant,  Édition de Jean-Louis Bory, Gallimard, Folio classique. Bel ami, de Guy de Maupassant, Édition de Jean-Louis Bory, Gallimard, Folio classique.

I am prone to obsessions, most of them too debilitating to confess at any time. Georges Duroy, the title character of Bel ami by Guy de Maupassant, is obsessed as well. He is a young ex-soldier in 1880’s Paris obsessed with changing his life for the better. He is very poor. On a summer night, wandering the streets around the Parisian cafés, Duroy tries to decide between spending his last 3 francs 40 sous on a drink or spend the last three days of the  month hungry while waiting for his next pay. He watches people, men and women happily drinking at the cafés; they have no apparent worries nor they seem to have to make any mental calculations to see if they can afford their next drink. By chance, he meets an old army friend. Life has turned out very differently…

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