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Adolphe. Cahier rouge. Cecile (original 1816; edition 1816)

by Benjamin Constant

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Title:Adolphe. Cahier rouge. Cecile
Authors:Benjamin Constant
Info:Gallimard (2008)
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Tags:novela corta, triángulo, amor no correspondido, romanticismo, literatura francesa

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Adolphe by Benjamin Constant (1816)



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Historically of interest - ref Madame de Stael. Madame Recamier, etc- but very narrow, little normal early nineteenth century life circumstances for main characters makes it less satisfying . Repetitious in plot line. Fluent , easy to read. ( )
  annejacinta | Oct 22, 2013 |
The short and tragic love story of Adolphe, a young and irrationally passionate young man, and the gentle Ellenore, a woman who is ten years his senior.
This book focuses on a familiar, yet no less depressing, story of the passion of supposed love. The storyline then follows the gradual disintegration of this emotion into something common-place, to something done out of duty, to something completely exhausting.
Half the book is spent with Adolphe being obsessed with Ellenore and doing everything he can to win her over, the other half follows Adolphe's lessening in affection toward her, and his half-hearted, weary efforts to cut her out of his life.
This is a sad and depressing story with no happy ending. However, it is certainly a great telling of supposed youthful emotion and passion, which makes the reader question "what is love?"
A thought provoking story. ( )
  joririchardson | Jan 20, 2010 |
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Jaren geleden maakte ik een rondreis door Italië.
Ik was tweeëntwintig en had net mijn studie aan de universiteit van Göttingen voltooid.
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Adolphe is a privileged and refined young man, bored by the stupidity he perceives in the world around him. After a number of meaningless conquests, he at last encounters Ellenore, a beautiful and passionate older woman. Adolphe is enraptured and gradually wears down her resistance to his declarations of love. But as they embark on an intense and tortured affair, Ellenore gives way to a flood of emotion that only serves to repel her younger lover - yet he cannot bring himself to leave her and his procrastination can only bring tragedy. Partly inspired by Constant's own stormy affair with Madame de Stael, "Adolphe" (1816) is a penetrating psychological depiction of love that plumbs the depths of the passions, motives and inconsistencies of the human character.

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