The Red and the Black
Handsome and ambitious, Julien Sorel is determined to rise above his humble peasant origins and make something of his life-by adopting the code of hypocrisy by which his society operates. Julien ultimately commits a crime-out of passion, principle, or insanity-that will bring about his downfall.... show more
Handsome and ambitious, Julien Sorel is determined to rise above his humble peasant origins and make something of his life-by adopting the code of hypocrisy by which his society operates. Julien ultimately commits a crime-out of passion, principle, or insanity-that will bring about his downfall. The Red and the Black is a lively, satirical picture of French Restoration society after Waterloo, riddled with corruption, greed, and ennui. The complex, sympathetic portrayal of Julien, the cold exploiter whose Machiavellian campaign is undercut by his own emotions, makes him Stendhal's most brilliant and human creation-and one of the greatest characters in European literature. Translated with an introduction by Roger Gard. @Byrony Been too busy to post. Torrid affair. Kinky. Much like Napoleon’s conquest of Spain, really. I’ve been discovered, must move to Paris to work with a Marquis. Hope he has a hot wife … or daughter. Daughter. Schwing! Score! From Twitterature: The World's Greatest Books in Twenty Tweets or Less
Publish date: September 24th 2002
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages no: 607
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 ...