Author: Choderlos de Laclos
Details: Originally published 1782; Pub Gallimard 1972; online text
Verdict: Les liaisons dangereuses (Dangerous liaisons) is well-written but rather disturbing.
Reasons for reading it: It's one of those keystones of European culture, really.
How it came into my hands: rysmiel reminded me that I'd been meaning to read it, when I happened to be in Montreal near lots of Francophone bookshops, so I could easily get hold of a copy. Yay.
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It's definitely a powerfully written book, and I think it's probably meant to be upsetting. Oh, and I suspect that reading all those elaborate 18th century sentences has done horrible things to my own writing style, sorry about that!