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I read this when I was a teenager It was lovely I must read it again though 3 1 2 stars The first time I went to Mauritius the name Paul et Virginie seemed to be ubiquitous There were restaurants and hotels with that name So naturally I had to find out what it was all about Then I discovered that it was owing to a novel, written in 1788, which was set on the island The novel was originally written in French and I have been battling so much to find the English version, and hooray I finally found it This novel is a love story, centered and Paul and Virginia, set on 3 1 2 stars The first time I went to Mauritius the name Paul et Virginie seemed to be ubiquitous There were restaurants and hotels with that name So naturally I had to find out what it was all about Then I discovered that it was owing to a novel, written in 1788, which was set on the island The novel was originally written in French and I have been battling so much to find the English version, and hooray I finally found it This novel is a love story, centered and Paul and Virginia, set on the island of Mauritius when it was still a French colony I loved the descriptions of the island, which really is paradise on earth The characters lead simple lives, living off the land, happy to live without riches.The novel is a moral one, telling the reader that a virtuous life is best, and that seeking riches is the root of all evil So it is quite preachy, but I guess that when one is in Mauritius, one does start to wonder why anyone would want to live anywhere else, and not just lie on a beach all day.Whoever reads it must take it for what it is a book written in an entirely different era, when slavery was still in existence And so if it seems a bit racist, it s because it s a product of its time.Recommended for those hot summer days, languishing with a cocktail @DOWNLOAD E-PUB ⚧ The History of the Adventures, Love, and Constancy of Paul and Virginia â This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally 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knowledge alive and relevant Paul et Virginie is a novel by Bernardin de Saint Pierre, published in 1788 An example of the novel of the late eighteenth century, it was an immense success that transcended borders.The luxuriant nature that provides Men with everything they need, whenever they work with respect, two women with noble virtues, two young lovers naive and believers in themselves, in nature, in God who created all and gave them happiness, this is the starting point of this story of love, of communion with nature Paul et Virginie is a novel by Bernardin de Saint Pierre, published in 1788 An example of the novel of the late eighteenth century, it was an immense success that transcended borders.The luxuriant nature that provides Men with everything they need, whenever they work with respect, two women with noble virtues, two young lovers naive and believers in themselves, in nature, in God who created all and gave them happiness, this is the starting point of this story of love, of communion with nature A hymn to happiness on earth and in heaven.A work like Paul and Virginie is such a happiness in the life of a writer that any author, no matter how great he is, must envy it, and that Bernardin de Saint Pierre, its author, has nothing to envy to anyone Jean Jacques Rousseau, the master of Bernardin, and superior to his disciple by so many fertile and strong qualities, has never had this meeting of a work so in agreement with the talent of its author that his own will disappears in it The genius of Bernardin is spread easily and everywhere in Paul and Virginie, like God in the nature, by continual and endearing images Paul et Virginie is a novel by Bernardin de Saint Pierre, published in 1788 An example of the novel of the late eighteenth century, it was an immense success that transcended borders.The luxuriant nature that provides Men with everything they need, whenever they work with respect, two women with noble virtues, two young lovers naive and believers in themselves, in nature, in God who created all and gave them happiness, this is the starting point of this story of love, of communion with nature Paul et Virginie is a novel by Bernardin de Saint Pierre, published in 1788 An example of the novel of the late eighteenth century, it was an immense success that transcended borders.The luxuriant nature that provides Men with everything they need, whenever they work with respect, two women with noble virtues, two young lovers naive and believers in themselves, in nature, in God who created all and gave them happiness, this is the starting point of this story of love, of communion with nature A hymn to happiness on earth and in heaven.A work like Paul and Virginie is such a happiness in the life of a writer that any author, no matter how great he is, must envy it, and that Bernardin de Saint Pierre, its author, has nothing to envy to anyone Jean Jacques Rousseau, the master of Bernardin, and superior to his disciple by so many fertile and strong qualities, has never had this meeting of a work so in agreement with the talent of its author that his own will disappears in it The genius of Bernardin is spread easily and everywhere in Paul and Virginie, like God in the nature, by continual and endearing images Paul et Virginie Have recourse to your books, then, The wise men who have written before our days are travelers who have preceded us in the paths of misfortune, and who stretch out a friendly hand towards us, and invite us to join their society, when we are abandoned by everything else A good book is a good friend..What a beautiful classic romance novel I ve read before so many love novels and I loved them but this one is so different, so special, it s the Best Love Story ever Written.They a Paul et Virginie Have recourse to your books, then, The wise men who have written before our days are travelers who have preceded us in the paths of misfortune, and who stretch out a friendly hand towards us, and invite us to join their society, when we are abandoned by everything else A good book is a good friend..What a beautiful classic romance novel I ve read before so many love novels and I loved them but this one is so different, so special, it s the Best Love Story ever Written.They are not Adam and Eve, they are angels, they have real, true, deep, love, in their hearts, growing up together in a natural environment is touching sentimental, The experience of the novel includes the philosophy and would not be as enjoyable without it, The whole may inspire us to virtue, appreciation of nature, love, philosophy, sorrow, and perceptiveness to beauty.Despite of The Terrible end, This Love story will be forever My favorite one Another Mauritian must read, it takes place in 18th century Ile de France The descriptions of rural life are pleasing, and it s hard not to feel some pangs for the modest couple, but the novel is generally too over the top to get a whole lot out of Especially over the top in terms of constant morality lessons in humbleness, charity, kindness, etc don t get me wrong, I m all in favor of these things , and the divine providence of perfectly designed world Still, reference s to nature s perfe Another Mauritian must read, it takes place in 18th century Ile de France The descriptions of rural life are pleasing, and it s hard not to feel some pangs for the modest couple, but the novel is generally too over the top to get a whole lot out of Especially over the top in terms of constant morality lessons in humbleness, charity, kindness, etc don t get me wrong, I m all in favor of these things , and the divine providence of perfectly designed world Still, reference s to nature s perfection, and the respect it demands, get me every time.words of note From some sort of common instinct, all sensitive or suffering creatures seek refuge in the wildest or most deserted spots, as if rocky crags were a defence against misfortune, and as if nature s serenity could appease the turmoils of a miserable soul p27 When they began to talk, the first names which they learned to use for each other were those of brother and sister Childhood, which knowstender caresses, knows of no sweeter names p37 I have derived in the course of my travels from the sight of an antique statue or monument, I enjoy evenreading a finely worded inscription It then seems to me as if some human voice issued from the stone, making itself heard over the centuries and, addressing itself to Man in the wilderness, tells him that he is not alone that other human beings, in these very places, have felt, thought and suffered as he has p60 passage on the nature of solitude is my favorite in the book p114 116 This novel located in the Island of France,now Mauritius island,tells the adolescent love of Paul and Virginia Friends from when were born, the awakening of sexual feelings and the departure of Virginia with sad consecuences.Is developed in an almost biblical terrenal paradise,reaching the happines with humble life in absolute equilibrium with nature,not yet killing an animal for food,with very beautiful and poetic descriptions of that nature.Is narrated by a old man an alter ego of Saint Pierre This novel located in the Island of France,now Mauritius island,tells the adolescent love of Paul and Virginia Friends from when were born, the awakening of sexual feelings and the departure of Virginia with sad consecuences.Is developed in an almost biblical terrenal paradise,reaching the happines with humble life in absolute equilibrium with nature,not yet killing an animal for food,with very beautiful and poetic descriptions of that nature.Is narrated by a old man an alter ego of Saint Pierre a man of the Enlightement age ,friend of Rousseau with whom shared ideas and by that believing in the innate goodness of men spoiled by civilization vices.I think it transmit positive ideas as the value of absolut respect for nature,lack of greed and innecesary material things,solidarity and importance of insight in the society critices the accumulation of richness in few,the little value given to intelectuals,the flattery yo the powerfull and the value given to a person depending the social class to which belongs.In this sense the novel is intemporal.Oviously is slave of his time and has some faults as the slavery subject and the sentimentalism.A valuable pastoral novel This classic French novel, which for the first 100 pages appears to combine thenauseating aspects of The Blue Lagoon and Uncle Tom s Cabin, is trickier than it looks and will leave you crying like a baby view spoiler I must admit that I was completely fooled by this book As you will see from my comments, during the first half I thought that the author believed in the dreadful system of morality he was apparently trying to sell me Especially in the This classic French novel, which for the first 100 pages appears to combine thenauseating aspects of The Blue Lagoon and Uncle Tom s Cabin, is trickier than it looks and will leave you crying like a baby view spoiler I must admit that I was completely fooled by this book As you will see from my comments, during the first half I thought that the author believed in the dreadful system of morality he was apparently trying to sell me Especially in the episode with the escaped slave, my indignation knew no bounds The poor woman arrives at Paul and Virginie s door, nearly dead from the savage beatings she has received from her master Kind hearted little Virginie takes her in and gives her something to eat Then she says that they must immediately go back to her plantation, where she will intercede for her.They set off through the jungle When they arrive, the master looks Virginie up and down She s an attractive girl He listens to her little speech, and, just managing not to smile, says that no harm will come to the slave But as soon as the children have left, he claps the runaway in irons and torments her even.On the way home, the kids get lost Darkness is falling, and they re scared But someescaped slaves are hiding in the forest, and have seen the whole drama They take pity on the children and lead them home, singing songs in broken French about how the kind White girl helped the slave, so now the Blacks will be kind back.Well, I didn t realise until later that he wanted my blood to boil he was a friend of Rousseau, the book was written three years before the French Revolution broke out, and the later course of the book shows that the passage with the slave was foreshadowing Paul and Virginie are blissfully happy in their island paradise of Mauritius, but they re poor Virginie s mother comes from a good family, who disinherited her when she married against their wishes One day, they get a letter from an evil, rich old aunt She s fatally ill, and wants a companion for her last years If Virginie comes back to France and stays with her, she ll inherit the aunt s substantial fortune.Virginie, an obedient girl, feels it s duty to agree to the aunt s request She sets sail for France, where she is utterly miserable Paul, who has loved her all his life, is desolate Cruel tongues spread rumors that Virginie has married a rich nobleman and forgotten him, but it s not true All she wants to do is come home again.Finally, the aunt, angry at Virginie s refusal to marry the man she s picked out for her, changes her mind and sends her back to Mauritius She doesn t care that it s the beginning of the hurricane season and the wrong time to travel Paul learns that Virginie is returning, and for a few days is beside himself with joy But a storm blows up and the ship loses its way in the treacherous reefs It sinks within sight of shore, and Virginie is drowned Paul, who has unsuccessfully tried to save her, dies of grief not long afterwards.The author s clear message is if only they had followed their hearts and not the dictates of convention, this tragedy would never have happened The first half of the book is ironic It is merely parodying the moral texts popular at the time, which aimed to instill virtues of conformity and obedience But I didn t realise that until I was fairly close to the end.I wonder how many books I have abandoned halfway though, angry or bored, and never discovered that the author was messing with my head and was soon about to reveal the real point hide spoiler Ratings 4.5 Shelved as Favorites Status very glad that I read it x Review to come.