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The Red and the Black (1830)

by Stendhal

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The nineteenth century was a time of turmoil and social change, during which the immutable caste system that had defined European society for thousands of years finally began to shift. This transitional period is brought to life in the exhilaratingly ambitious historical novel, The Red and the Black, which follows the life of Julien Sorel, born of a working-class family, who attempts to improve his station in life. Can Sorel overcome the influence of the powers that be through his sheer force of will?

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«Um romance é um espelho que se passeia ao longo de uma estrada. Tão depressa reflecte aos nossos olhos o azul dos céus como a lama dos lamaçais da estrada. E o homem que leva o espelho no seu alforge será por vós acusado de ser imoral! O seu espelho reflecte a lama, e vós acusais o espelho. Acusai antes o caminho onde está o lamaçal, e mais ainda o inspector das estradas que deixa empoçar a água e formar o lamaçal.»
  inesaparicio | Jan 25, 2024 |
Stendhal, the mononym pseudonym of Henri Beyle, was a veteran of the Napoleonic wars and a staunch supporter of Napoleon. He was a sharp critic of the French aristocracy and a supporter of the Restoration following the revolution of 1830. His novel THE RED AND THE BLACK expresses his political philosophy through the tale of an ambitious peasant lad, Julien Sorel, who rises from lowly carpenter's son to, briefly, member of the nobility. He becomes employed first by a local mayor, then by a Parisian nobleman, and seduces women in each household, with a maddening fluctuation in his feelings and an inconsistency in the genuineness of his bond with the lover of the moment. In the end, a moment of true passion leads to Julien's downfall, in a society where appearances carry more weight than reality. Beautifully written, the novel was a powerful influence on writers such as Zola, Balzac, and Flaubert. But I found Julien's inability to maintain a position in his affairs, his constant, minute-to-minute flip-flops between believing himself in love and believing himself the cold-hearted social climber, to be enervating. Every assertion of love is followed, moments later, by its opposite. The inconsistency of thought is a consistent part of Julien's persona, and a believable one, but the number of fluctuations became frustrating for a reader who wanted to identify in some way with the leading character of the story. While there are moments of great power in the novel (especially at the end), and great insights into French society of the time, I did not connect with the novel in the way I had hoped. It is a hallmark of French literature, but not, in my estimation, one of French literature's truly great novels. ( )
1 vote jumblejim | Aug 26, 2023 |
I’ve tried before and failed. This time it clicked. The protagonist, Julien Sorel, is torn between the red (the army/the military) and the black (the church) but ambition is what he’s all about. It’s a coming of age tale in its own way, the story of a poor provincial young man whose psychology this is all about. Set in France in the 1820s, Sorel uses seduction as his weapon. The story isn't what matters since it is, ultimately, a very simple story whose focus is Sorel's mind and how his actions proceed from his thoughts. ( )
  Gypsy_Boy | Aug 25, 2023 |
The perils of being poor, brilliant, gorgeous and well-hung. ( )
  slickdpdx | Aug 24, 2023 |
A man who wanted to be a soldier finds that, in his time and place and situation, the only way to success is to become a priest, which he does. ( )
  mykl-s | Aug 13, 2023 |
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Qua schrijfstijl zou Stendhal maar wat aanrommelen, maar in Het rood en het zwart, nu opnieuw uitgebracht in de Perpetua-reeks, bereikt hij het gewenste effect door inzet van de juiste middelen....
 

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Stendhalprimary authorall editionscalculated
Adams, Robert M.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bair, LowellTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bergés, ConsueloTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Beyer, HugoEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Botto, MargheritaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Busoni, RafaelloIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Castex, Pierre-GeorgesEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Charles, JoanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Del Litto, VictorPrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Evans, BergenIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fadiman, CliftonIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gard, RogerTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gard, RogerEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Heumakers, ArnoldAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Johnson, DianeIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lavagetto, MarioTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Madden, JamesNotessecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Manger, HermienTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Martin, FrankIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Martineau, HenriEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Maugham, W. SomersetEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mérimée, ProsperIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moncrieff, C. K. ScottTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Parks, Lloyd C.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pinxteren, Hans vanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Raffel, BurtonTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schurig, ArthurTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Shaw, Margaret R. B.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Shaw, Margaret R. B.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Slater, CatherineTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thole, KarelCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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[To Part One, Shaw trans.]

Truth – Truth in all her rugged harshness

La vérité, l'âpre vérité

– Danton

[To Part Two, Shaw trans.]

She is not pretty, she wears no rouge.

Elle n'est pas jolie, elle n'a point de rouge.

– Sainte-Beuve
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The small town of Verrieres may be regarded as one of the prettiest in the Franche-Comte.
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De e-boekversie van Het rood en het zwart bevat vrij veel transscriptiefouten en is niet aangepast aan de spellingswijzigingen van 1996.
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Classic Literature. Fiction. Historical Fiction. HTML:

The nineteenth century was a time of turmoil and social change, during which the immutable caste system that had defined European society for thousands of years finally began to shift. This transitional period is brought to life in the exhilaratingly ambitious historical novel, The Red and the Black, which follows the life of Julien Sorel, born of a working-class family, who attempts to improve his station in life. Can Sorel overcome the influence of the powers that be through his sheer force of will?

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Le Rouge et le Noir, sous-titré Chronique du xixe siècle, puis Chronique de 1830, est un roman écrit par Stendhal, publié pour la première fois à Paris chez Levasseur le 13 novembre 1830, bien que l'édition originale mentionne la date de 1831. C'est son deuxième roman, après Armance.

Il est cité par William Somerset Maugham en 1954, dans son essai Ten Novels and Their Authors, parmi les dix plus grands romans jamais écrits.

Cette édition comprend une brève autobiographie de l'auteur.
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