The Red and the Black: A Novel of Post-Napoleonic France
The classic, elegant translation of Stendhal's masterful novel of ambition, desire, and politics in post-Napoleonic France.A brilliant portrait of one of the most ruthlessly charming heroes in literature, The Red and the Black chronicles the rise and fall of Julian Sorel. Born into the peasantry,... show more
The classic, elegant translation of Stendhal's masterful novel of ambition, desire, and politics in post-Napoleonic France.A brilliant portrait of one of the most ruthlessly charming heroes in literature, The Red and the Black chronicles the rise and fall of Julian Sorel. Born into the peasantry, Sorel connives his way into the highest Parisian aristocratic circles. But his powers of seduction lead to his downfall when he commits a crime of passion.
Publish date: February 16th 2004
Pages no: 352
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, Historical Fiction
, Classic Literature
, Literary Fiction
, 19th Century
, French Literature
I didn't think I'd wind up liking this book much reading the first dozens of pages. The book is centered on Julian Sorel, the brilliant and ambitious son of a peasant in post-Napoleon France. The "red" and the "black" of the title refer to the two routes to power for someone of humble birth in the F...
Brilliant! A must read for all interested in political intrigues. Devlin
This is not at all what I expected. I kind of feared this would a stodgy morality story and in a way it was a morality play but it was far from stodgy. I can't count the number of times it made me genuinely laugh because of the brilliant satire.Our main protagonist Julien seems to be a massive colle...
”Nothing can distinguish a man as a death sentence,” thought Mathilde. “It’s the only thing one can’t buy.”Julien Sorel was a young man with an audacious intellect. Such a gift can be a great resource that can be exploited for financial gain or it can be a burden that keeps a person in perpetual mis...
Ech, "Czerwone i czarne"... No cóż, niestety poddałam się w połowie lektury, po paru początkowych rozdziałach drugiej części książki. Co smutne, najpierw czytanie szło mi dość szybko i przyjemnie. O ile jednak na poczatku styl Stendhala i - zwłaszcza - postać głównego bohatera naprawdę przypadły mi ...