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Great Literature Discussion: Bel-Ami by Guy de Maupassan (Online)

August 5, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

In this classic novel of seduction, intrigue, and ruthless social climbing in belle époque Paris, a down-and-out journalist from a humble background, engineers a stunning rise to the top of Parisian society through his relationships with influential women. Making the most of his charms, he exploits the weaknesses of others to his own advantage. Published in 1885, Bel Ami is not only a vivid portrait of a glamorously corrupt and long-vanished Paris, but also a strikingly modern exposé of the destructiveness of unconstrained ambition, sex, and power.

De Maupassant, considered the father of the modern short story, also wrote six novels. Bel-Ami has had a strong and enduring pull on screenwriters and film directors.

Read the selected works — great novels and novellas — in advance, and be prepared to share your thoughts and observations, discussing the aspects of interest to you by referring to and reading specific related text to the group.

Based on what we find in the text, we enrich each other’s understanding and interpretation.

Literary works will be discussed based on what can be found in the text in order to enrich each other’s interpretation of the novel/novella. All are welcome to join and any edition or translation of the book under discussion can be used.

Read the work in advance and be prepared to discuss the aspects of interest to you by referring to specific related text and reading it to the group. Moderated by Ethical NYC member Gunther Tielemans.

For complete access information, including Meeting ID, please see this week’s Ethical Weekly email or contact Gunther.

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August 5, 2020
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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