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The Black is a lively satirical portrayal of French society after Waterloo riddled with corruption greed and ennui and Julien the cold exploiter whose Machiavellian campaign is undercut by his own emotions is one of the most intriguing characters in European literatur “Faith I am no such fool; everyone for himself in this desert of selfishness which is called life” I enjoyed this a lot than I thought I would It wasn't until I read Lessing's The Golden Notebook that The Red and the Black became high up on my radar Lessing described this book as being one which fully encapsulated what it was like to live in France under the Bourbon Restoration 1814 1830 I was curiousWhat I got was the story of a poor provincial man working his way up in the world through a combination of intelligence hard work and deception Julien Sorel knows he has to hide his true self and play a role if he is to get ahead and this is a major theme of the book the parts people play for their self serving ambitions Julien also secretly harbours strong Bonapartist sympathies dreaming of what could have been had Napoleon still been in powerIf this sounds at all dry it is not Probably because a large chunk of the book is taken up by Julien's tantalizingly illicit relationships first with the married Mme de Renal whose husband is enough of a raging misogynist to make her cheating seem somewhat acceptable and later with the Maruis's daughter Stendhal manages to make secret hand holding surprisingly thrilling and every slight feeling unbelievably dramaticOf course the situation with Mme de Renal couldn't last and it is when Julien joins the seminary in Besançon that the book is at its slowest It picks up again when he goes to live with Maruis de la Mole and begins running errands for the monarchists It's a pretty tragic book that paints a dire picture of if not the human race then at least those living in France in the early 19th century I found it interesting that The Red and the Black is considered the first psychological novel because books before it concerned themselves with depicting the actions and words of characters but not their inner workings and thoughts This latter is so commonplace these days that it never occurred to me there could have been a time when it wasn't doneFacebook | Instagram

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Handsome ambitious Julien Sorel is determined to rise above his humble provincial origins Soon realizing that success can only be achieved by adopting the subtle code of hypocrisy by which society operates he begins to achieve advancement through deceit and self inter ”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 misery Sorel the hero of our story experiences both the wonders and the loneliness that sometimes goes hand in hand with being too aware to accept fate without attempting to manipulate a better future He is handsome witty and when money is plentiful dresses in such a way as to enhance his best features He is prideful of his talents and humbled by his modest beginnings in eual measure like two halves of the same tarnished coin Because he comes from the lower class of French society his opportunities for advancement are limited to the church or the military Even though he shows few signs of or inclinations towards pious behavior Julien is sent to the church Julien is placed as a tutor in the household of Monsieur de Rênal the mayor of Verrières He isn’t a particularly good teacher He’d rather be spending his time reading and daydreaming but through guile and an exaggerated appearance of discipline he wins over the children and the parents On a whim he decides that he must seduce the pretty Madame de Rênal as in his mind that is what a man of his nature is supposed to do He is calculating manipulative hostile and seductive and each of those characteristics are hampered by his own naiveness producing comedic results and embarrassing moments that left this reader suirming in his seat with personal memories of being eually stupid in moments of social ineptness Those characteristics that we like the least in Julien are also the characteristics that we like the least in ourselves and leads us to identify so closely with Sorel that his triumphs and his setbacks create diverse reactions from a sheepish grin to burning shame Madame de Rênal and her husbandMadame de Rênal is swept up in the attentions of our hero and soon finds herself in circumstances she never would have expected to experience ”Suddenly a word frightened her adulteress She could see it The worst things that the vilest debauchery could stamp on the notion of sensual love swarmed into her mind These ideas were trying to stain the glow of the tender divine image she had constructed both of Julien himself and the happiness of loving him The future was painted in ghastly colors She saw herself as contemptible”Julien is sent back to the seminary where he fits in about as well as a swan among ducks ”Julien had tried in vain to make himself small and stupid he could not be liked; he was far too different” Luckily he comes to the attention of Father Pirard who realizes he is intelligent enough to have better uses As enemies of both Father Pirard and Julien attempt to destroy them Stendhal as he does through the whole book shows that pettiness hypocrisy wealth and social standing are to be found in eual measure among people of influence Poor people are not let off the hook either as greed turns out to be such an unsavory aspect of Julien’s own father The father that beat him and ridiculed him is uick to want to benefit from his son’s advancement Honor is discussed in great detail throughout the book but is revealed as a chimera when pride or money are being threatened Julien rises with the help of Father Pirard to private secretary for Maruis de la Mole His office is to be the library ”A few minutes later Julien found himself alone in a magnificent library; it was a delightful moment So no one would come to him excited as he was he hid himself in a dark corner From there he looked out at the books’ glittering spines ‘I could read every one of them’ he told himself” Whenever I walk into my own personal library unfortunately not as grand as the Maruis’s library I still feel the flutter in my stomach that one might experience catching a glimpse of an old lover in a train station The books speak to me stirring up fond memories of when words become images scents become detectable and fictional characters become flesh and bone I don’t foresee a tablet with a digital bookshelf eliciting the same flutter in my stomach The tactile feeling of individual books uniue in typeface paper and design are an important part of the reading experience for me Books are than just words to me but a form of art Running your eye over the hills and dales of Van Gogh”s brushstrokes while looking at the actual painting is such a larger sensory experience than looking at a picture of the painting in an art book; the two experiences are incomparable I’m afraid as tech savvy as I am in all other phases of my life I’m a Luddite when it comes to books I love the idea that people are reading books because of the evolution of ereaders but for me the experience that Julien has in that library is what I want ”He turned his lips to hers and with his handCalled back the tangles of her wandering hair”Bryon Don Juan Julien meets Mademoiselle Mathilde de La Mole He isn’t impressed In fact he finds her annoying in so many ways ”She’s even paler than before she went on the tripHer hair is absolutely colorless it’s so blonde You could say the daylight goes right through itAnd what arrogance when she greets people when she just looks at them She holds herself she moves like a ueen” Like a lot of things in Sorel’s life he is motivated by a grander vision than what he is capable He has unsustainable ideas of honor ruled by passion than any real sense of established decorum He even defends immorality with affectionate intensity Altamira answered ”We no longer have genuine passions in the nineteenth century That’s why there’s so much boredom here in France We do the most incredibly cruel things but without cruelty”“So much the worse” said Julien “At the very least crimes ought to be committed with pleasure That’s the only good about them How can we even begin to justify them for any other reason?”Mathilde is Julien’s ticket to finally achieve the impossible He can bound out of the chains of his birth and achieve a social position that would be talked about for generations The game of love that plays out is almost as comical and ridiculous as his seduction of Madame de Rênal His present and his past collide with devastating effects that will leave you flipping the final pages as fast as your eyes and mind can comprehend the sentences Marie Henri Beyle AKA StendhalI noticed with interest that there is a turning point in the book when I could tell that Stendhal began to like his own greatest creation He lent sympathy to the plight of Julien Sorel He started softening the edges and letting the reader know that even when Sorel is an ass he is still a well meaning ass Julien was certainly innocent than those that were trying to manipulate him It was as if in creating this character Stendhal started to understand himself through the character and maybe even started to tolerate those aspects of himself that had given him trouble throughout his life or at least look on them as youthful fallacies Intelligence does not come wrapped with discretion or for that matter wisdom Time is the only device that allows us to grow into our intelligence and hopefully use it to better ourselves and strengthen our communities I came away from the novel knowing about myself and wishing that I could meet the youthful Julien Sorel when he

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Est His triumphant career takes him into the heart of glamorous Parisian society along the way conuering the gentle married Madame de Rênal and the haughty Mathilde But then Julien commits an unexpected devastating crime and brings about his own downfall The Red and Most people have heard of it and a lot probably have it on the shelves as part of the classics collection Waste time no This is one of the rare books where the genius of the writer is tangible It is not only exceptionally accurate and well observed in psychological element but an invaluable narrative of the history and politics of the post Revolution France This book can be read and re read throughout one's life and never fail to give a fresh perspective and a valuable lesson Extraordinary in every way

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  • Le rouge et le noir Chroniue du XIXᵉ siècle
  • Stendhal
  • English
  • 26 February 2019
  • 9780140447644

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10 thoughts on “Le rouge et le noir Chroniue du XIXᵉ siècle

  1. says:

    I was taking the train from Geneva to Grenoble one of the most beautiful routes in the world and I was reading Le Rouge et le Noir for the second time I hadn't picked the book because I was visiting Grenoble it just worked out that way I was alone in the compartment; it was one of those old fashioned carriages which still had compartmentsAt the fifth or sixth stop the door opened and a young woman entered carrying a lot of heavy luggage She asked me in French if I'd mind helping her put it up on the rack and I did so She smiled and thanked me I smiled back She was small dark and very pretty in a North African way We got chatting and uickly determined that her English was slightly worse than my French; the conversation which initially had mixed both languages settled down to being completely francophone She told me that French was her second language Berber being the first but she sounded pretty near perfect to meShe asked what my book was and I showed it to her She'd said she'd never read it I did my best to explain while she looked at me with her huge dark eyes Julien gets involved with two women Madame de Rênal is kind and gentle and she truly loves him but he is forced by circumstances to leave her He then later falls in love with Mathilde I remember that I described her as bizarre et cruelle and added that she reminded me of someone I had once loved She nodded; she had had a similar experience I apologised for my very insufficient command of French Vous trouvez les mots she replied I have always treasured this compliment Usually I am inarticulate in French but just then I was indeed able to find words We reached the end shortly before the train got to Grenoble I helped her take her several suitcases out onto the platform We said goodbye French style with a kiss on each cheek She seemed a little surprised that I made no attempt to get her contact details We had really got on remarkably well but it had been so perfect that I was sure anything else would just spoil itI never saw her again but every time I think of Le Rouge et le Noir I think of her

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    ”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 misery Sorel the hero of our story experiences both the wonders and the loneliness that sometimes goes hand in hand with being too aware to accept fate without attempting to manipulate a better future He is handsome witty and when money is plentiful dresses in such a way as to enhance his best features He is prideful of his talents and humbled by his modest beginnings in eual measure like two halves of the same tarnished coin Because he comes from the lower class of French society his opportunities for advancement are limited to the church or the military Even though he shows few signs of or inclinations towards pious behavior Julien is sent to the church Julien is placed as a tutor in the household of Monsieur de Rênal the mayor of Verrières He isn’t a particularly good teacher He’d rather be spending his time reading and daydreaming but through guile and an exaggerated appearance of discipline he wins over the children and the parents On a whim he decides that he must seduce the pretty Madame de Rênal as in his mind that is what a man of his nature is supposed to do He is calculating manipulative hostile and seductive and each of those characteristics are hampered by his own naiveness producing comedic results and embarrassing moments that left this reader suirming in his seat with personal memories of being eually stupid in moments of social ineptness Those characteristics that we like the least in Julien are also the characteristics that we like the least in ourselves and leads us to identify so closely with Sorel that his triumphs and his setbacks create diverse reactions from a sheepish grin to burning shame Madame de Rênal and her husbandMadame de Rênal is swept up in the attentions of our hero and soon finds herself in circumstances she never would have expected to experience ”Suddenly a word frightened her adulteress She could see it The worst things that the vilest debauchery could stamp on the notion of sensual love swarmed into her mind These ideas were trying to stain the glow of the tender divine image she had constructed both of Julien himself and the happiness of loving him The future was painted in ghastly colors She saw herself as contemptible”Julien is sent back to the seminary where he fits in about as well as a swan among ducks ”Julien had tried in vain to make himself small and stupid he could not be liked; he was far too different” Luckily he comes to the attention of Father Pirard who realizes he is intelligent enough to have better uses As enemies of both Father Pirard and Julien attempt to destroy them Stendhal as he does through the whole book shows that pettiness hypocrisy wealth and social standing are to be found in eual measure among people of influence Poor people are not let off the hook either as greed turns out to be such an unsavory aspect of Julien’s own father The father that beat him and ridiculed him is uick to want to benefit from his son’s advancement Honor is discussed in great detail throughout the book but is revealed as a chimera when pride or money are being threatened Julien rises with the help of Father Pirard to private secretary for Maruis de la Mole His office is to be the library ”A few minutes later Julien found himself alone in a magnificent library; it was a delightful moment So no one would come to him excited as he was he hid himself in a dark corner From there he looked out at the books’ glittering spines ‘I could read every one of them’ he told himself” Whenever I walk into my own personal library unfortunately not as grand as the Maruis’s library I still feel the flutter in my stomach that one might experience catching a glimpse of an old lover in a train station The books speak to me stirring up fond memories of when words become images scents become detectable and fictional characters become flesh and bone I don’t foresee a tablet with a digital bookshelf eliciting the same flutter in my stomach The tactile feeling of individual books uniue in typeface paper and design are an important part of the reading experience for me Books are than just words to me but a form of art Running your eye over the hills and dales of Van Gogh”s brushstrokes while looking at the actual painting is such a larger sensory experience than looking at a picture of the painting in an art book; the two experiences are incomparable I’m afraid as tech savvy as I am in all other phases of my life I’m a Luddite when it comes to books I love the idea that people are reading books because of the evolution of ereaders but for me the experience that Julien has in that library is what I want ”He turned his lips to hers and with his handCalled back the tangles of her wandering hair”Bryon Don Juan Julien meets Mademoiselle Mathilde de La Mole He isn’t impressed In fact he finds her annoying in so many ways ”She’s even paler than before she went on the tripHer hair is absolutely colorless it’s so blonde You could say the daylight goes right through itAnd what arrogance when she greets people when she just looks at them She holds herself she moves like a ueen” Like a lot of things in Sorel’s life he is motivated by a grander vision than what he is capable He has unsustainable ideas of honor ruled by passion than any real sense of established decorum He even defends immorality with affectionate intensity Altamira answered ”We no longer have genuine passions in the nineteenth century That’s why there’s so much boredom here in France We do the most incredibly cruel things but without cruelty”“So much the worse” said Julien “At the very least crimes ought to be committed with pleasure That’s the only good about them How can we even begin to justify them for any other reason?”Mathilde is Julien’s ticket to finally achieve the impossible He can bound out of the chains of his birth and achieve a social position that would be talked about for generations The game of love that plays out is almost as comical and ridiculous as his seduction of Madame de Rênal His present and his past collide with devastating effects that will leave you flipping the final pages as fast as your eyes and mind can comprehend the sentences Marie Henri Beyle AKA StendhalI noticed with interest that there is a turning point in the book when I could tell that Stendhal began to like his own greatest creation He lent sympathy to the plight of Julien Sorel He started softening the edges and letting the reader know that even when Sorel is an ass he is still a well meaning ass Julien was certainly innocent than those that were trying to manipulate him It was as if in creating this character Stendhal started to understand himself through the character and maybe even started to tolerate those aspects of himself that had given him trouble throughout his life or at least look on them as youthful fallacies Intelligence does not come wrapped with discretion or for that matter wisdom Time is the only device that allows us to grow into our intelligence and hopefully use it to better ourselves and strengthen our communities I came away from the novel knowing about myself and wishing that I could meet the youthful Julien Sorel when he has some gray at his temples and a docile tongue but then maybe I just need to go look in the mirror Highly recommended for all reformed smarty pants If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at

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    923 Le Rouge et le Noir The Red and The Black StendhalThe Red and the Black is a historical psychological novel in two volumes by Stendhal published in 1830 It chronicles the attempts of a provincial young man to rise socially beyond his modest upbringing through a combination of talent hard work deception and hypocrisy He ultimately allows his passions to betray himBook I Book I presents Julien Sorel the ambitious son of a carpenter in the fictional village of Verrieres in Franche Comte France He would rather read and daydream about the glory days of Napoleon's long disbanded army than work his father’s timber business with his brothers who beat him for his intellectual affectations He becomes an acolyte of the Father Chelan the local Catholic prelate who later secures him a job tutoring the children of Monsieur de Rênal the mayor of Verrières Although he appears to be a pious austere cleric Julien is uninterested in the Bible beyond its literary value and how he can use memorized passages learnt in Latin to impress important people He enters a love affair with Monsieur de Rênal’s wife which ends when it is revealed to the village by her chambermaid Elisa who is also in love with Julien The abbé Chélan orders Julien to a seminary in Besançon which he finds intellectually stifling and pervaded with social cliues The initially cynical seminary director the Father Pirard likes Julien and becomes his protector Later Pirard a Jansenist leaves the seminary but fearing backlash against his protégé recommends Sorel as private secretary to the diplomat Maruis de la Mole a Catholic legitimistBook II Book II takes place in the years leading up to the July Revolution of 1830 During this time Julien Sorel lives in Paris as an employee of the Mole family Despite his moving among high society and his intellectual talents the family and their friends condescend to Julien for being an uncouth plebeian Meanwhile Julien is acutely aware of the materialism and hypocrisy that permeate the Parisian élite and that the counter revolutionary temper of the time renders it impossible for even well born men of superior intellect and aesthetic sensibility to participate in the nation's public affairs The Maruis of the Mole takes Julien to a secret meeting then dispatches him on a dangerous mission to communicate a letter Julien has it memorized to the Duc d'Angouleme who is exiled in England; however the callow Julien is mentally distracted by an unsatisfying love affair and thus only learns the message by rote missing its political significance as a legitimize plot Unwittingly he risks his life in service to the monarchists he most opposes; to himself he rationalists these actions as merely helping the Maruis his employer whom he respects تاریخ نخستین خوانش سال 1974میلادیعنوان سرخ و سیاه؛ نویسنده استاندال؛ نیلوفر ادبیاتمترجم عظمیعظما نفیسیعدل؛ مشخصات نشر تهران، بنگاه ترجمه و نشر کتاب، 1335، در 1054صمترجم عبدالله توکل؛ مشخصات نشر تهران، نیل، چاپ نخست 1345، چاپ سوم مرداد 1353، در دو جلد؛ 702ص؛مترجم مهدی سحابی؛ مشخصات نشر تهران، نشر مرکز، چاپ ؟؟؟ 1387، در 760صداستان زاده خیال نیست، از داستانی واقعی بازنویسی شده، شاید امروز آن رنگ «سرخ و سیاه»، برای جوانان خوانشگر این روزها، کمرنگ شده باشد، اما روزگاری از برترین کتابها بود؛ هنوز هم پیشنهاد میکنم کتاب را بخوانید؛ «استاندال» از خوانشگران مشتاق روزنامه دادگاه‌ها بودند؛ در شماره‌ های روزهای 28، تا 31، ماه دسامبر سال 1827میلادی، گزارش محاکمه‌ ها را در این روزنامه دیدند، که آن روزها در دادگاه جنائی «ایزر»، یعنی در زادگاهش، جریان داشت؛ رویدادهایی که موجب این محاکمه شد، از این قرار هستند «آنتوان برته» پسر خانواده ای پیشه ور، بسیار زود، به سبب تیزهوشی خویش، در نظر کشیش خود ممتاز شمرده میشود؛ کشیش، او را در مدرسه ی علوم دینی ثبت نام میکند، اما دیری نمی‌گذرد، که به علت ضعف مِزاج از مدرسه بیرون میرود؛ آنوقت، معلم سرخانه ی بچه‌ های مردی به نام «موسیو رنال» می‌شود، و کمی پس از آن، با زن صاحبخانه، روی هم میریزد، و به اصطلاح فاسق او میشود؛ بار دیگر به مدرسه ی علوم دینی میرود؛ اما اقامتش در آن مدرسه، که اینبار مدرسه ی بزرگ علوم دینی «گرنوبل» است، همچو اقامتش در آن مدرسه ی نخست، به درازا نمی‌کشد؛ آنگاه، «برته»، شغل تازه ای پیدا میکند، و معلم سرخانه ی «موسیو دوکوردون» میشود؛ اما بسیار زود معلوم میشود که با دختر صاحبخانه سر و سری دارد؛ از خانه موسیو «دوکوردون» رانده میشود، آواره میماند، و از اینکه هماره خدمتگزاری بیش نبوده است، به خشم میآید، و سوگند یاد میکند، که انتقام خود را بگیرد؛ در کلیسای دهکده ی زادگاه خود، هنگامی که ولی نعمت سابقش، کشیش، آیین را به جای میآورد، تیری به سوی مادام «میشو»، شلیک میکند؛ هشدار برای ادامه ی خوانش، که انتهای داستان لو خواهد رفت؛ در ماه دسامبر، به محکمه جنایی کشانده میشود، و دادگاه حکم مرگش را صادر میکند، و روز 23، ماه فوریه سال 1828میلادی اعدام میشود؛ بیست و پنج سال داشت؛ چنین است داستانی که ذهن «استاندال» را به خود مشغول کرده بود؛ تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 25061399هجری خورشیدی؛ ا شربیانی

  4. says:

    The Red and the Black draws a colorful mosaic about the reuired hypocrisy to climb the ladder of social status in the France of the July Revolution Chronicled by an omniscient narrator who meets every reuisite to be Stendhal himself the reader follows the story of Julien Sorel a young man of humble origins whose only ambition is to ascend in the social hierarchy in a world still dominated by the Machiavellian politicking of the clergy and the nobility after the downfall of the Emperor Despised by his family because of his “extravagant” taste for reading Julien makes of Napoleon his surrogate father and plans his future with militaristic almost obsessive precision The army The Red is no longer in fashion and so he chooses his career among the pious men of faith The Black First as a seminarist and then as a tutor of Latin Julien will learn the bearing the deferential poise and the conversational skills to achieve his so much desired goal that will lead him to Paris the capital of sophisticated Savoir FaireStraddling literary naturalism and romanticism a tragicomedy of the most entertaining nature unfolds in a uick paced prose not short of acerbic satire and wry humor where all sort of characters are presented as caricatures of the motley social strata of the convoluted era Liberals and monarchists Jansenists and Jesuits aristocrats and peasants radicals and conservatives; with all their disparate positions and beliefs all the characters have the common traits of nepotism and debauchery that acuire allegorical connotations in the development of Julien’s personality which evolves ceaselessly in the course of the storyHalf romantic hero half despicable villain Stendhal’s protagonist becomes an emblem of the author’s contempt for the gullible disposition of men Julien’s actions in society don’t correspond to his personal views and so he passes through life in a constant performance He treats his masters with proud dignity to hide his sense of inferiority he falls in love with the idea of seducing women of noble descend to cover his need for validation he conceals his vulnerabilities and cheats himself with delusions of grandeur and so his moods fluctuate between his artificial objectives and his true feelings cleaving him in twoIs Julien a victim or the outrageous product of his time? He certainly falls prey to the false morality that Stendhal’s denounces openly with disarming jocularity But there is much than that in this uncategorizable book because underneath the superficial parody there is a philosophical undercurrent that grows evident in the last chapters which appear untitled maybe as a symbol to represent Julien’s progressive unveiling for his fate seems to be determined by birth and not by his honest resolutionsIn the blink of an eye Stendhal flips the tone of his narration and the reader finds himself facing the paradox of a protagonist that can be either understood as an arrogant moron or as a valiant idealist As the declared romantic I am I lean towards the second option and choose to see Julien’s last acts as a proclamation of his rightful independence Having dropped the masks he can see clearly into his heart and avoid this desert of selfishness which is called life”

  5. says:

    Most people have heard of it and a lot probably have it on the shelves as part of the classics collection Waste time no This is one of the rare books where the genius of the writer is tangible It is not only exceptionally accurate and well observed in psychological element but an invaluable narrative of the history and politics of the post Revolution France This book can be read and re read throughout one's life and never fail to give a fresh perspective and a valuable lesson Extraordinary in every way

  6. says:

    Julien Sorel is a young man who is bound by social convention he observes his 'betters' on the periphery of 'begrudging interaction' his talents are needed by the upper class but he must always remember his place After several torrid affairs with upper class ladies he is dispatched on a secret mission does Julien begin to understand how love is often a game jeu d'amour that has ulterior motives that involve position and appearances While there was much I did not understand this period of French history is not one of my strong points I appreciated how Stendhal takes us behind the the scenes and shows us the the differing 'shades' of character that often support hierarchical systems of governance still very pertinent to this day

  7. says:

    It's a book about the dangers of reading The novel's characters are seduced by ideas poetic gestures tragic endings narratives they might inhabit and soon find themselves enslaved to them marching lockstep in the footprints of characters whose stories they've read Stendhal obviously takes pleasure in his position as most recent seducer of the book's reader and he sugar coats his narrative pills just enough that it's only later with the feeling of slight corrosion in your stomach that you wonder about the wisdom of what you've done Which character's glances turns heartbeats and feints are you doomed to re enact now?

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    Note there may be a few spoilerish things here just sayingJulien Sorel is a handsome young peasant with a freakish memory He doesn’t like his daddy and his brothers because they beat him up all the time Like actually not metaphorically WORKING CLASS HERO JOHN LENNON They hurt you at home and they hit you at schoolThey hate you if you're clever and they despise a foolBut I memorised the whole of the New Testament in LatinSo I think I’m pretty coolSo he impresses some priest with his huge memory and the priest gets him a job as a tutor for the local mayor Monsieur de Rênal who has a hot wifeSTACY’S MOM FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE Stacy do you remember when I mowed your lawn? mowed your lawnYour mom came out with just a towel on towel onI could tell she liked me from the way she stared way she staredAnd the way she said you missed a spot over there a spot over thereThings get real steamy with Madame de Rênal's wifeMAD ABOUT THE BOY DINAH WASHINGTON Will it ever cloyThis odd diversity of misery and joyI'm feeling uite insane and young againAnd all because I'm mad about the boyLike he is only 19 and she’s like 30 at least So there’s that Anyway after some shagtastic weeks the secret gets out and Julien has to vamoose So his next career move is to a seminary which is a name for where they train to be priests yeah like mind blowingly dull His blazingly good looks and enormous memory don’t win him any friends and he has like the worst time So then he gets a break he’s recommended to some local aristocrat and lands a gig as this guy’s secretaryThe family name of these aristos is de la Mole which is funny because they are not moles Anyway guess what there is a hot daughter Mathilde and she takes one look at Julien and she is allCALL ME MAYBE CARLY RAE JEPSEN Your stare was holdingRipped jeans skin was showin'Hot night wind was blowin'Where you think you're going baby?Naturally Julien does not object to this frou frou babealiciousness but at the same time is appalled and horrified at the crass materialism of French aristo lifePRICE TAG JESSIE J Seems like everybody's got a priceI wonder how they sleep at nightWhen the sale comes firstAnd the truth comes secondIt's not about the money money moneyWe don't need your money money moneyForget about the price tagAin't about the uh cha ching cha chingAin't about the yeah b bling b blingSo Mr Mole gets Julien involved in some political stuff that I frankly couldn’t follow This part is skippable Anyway this Julien and Mathilde thing is going on and of course shagging the boss’s daughter is always a turn on UPTOWN GIRL BILLY JOEL I'm in love with an uptown girlYou know I've seen her in her uptown worldShe's getting tired of her high class toysAnd all the presents from her uptown boysAnd one thing leads to another and before you can say Papa Don’t Preach yes she’s up the duffMr Mole is not pleased but he does the right thing and stumps up showers Julien with ducats or louises or whatever they used for money and everything looks tickety boo but then along comes a letter from Stacy’s mom and kind of wrecks the whole situation saying all these awful things about our JulienWhen he finds out about the letter what does he do yeah that’s right WOKE UP THIS MORNING ALABAMA 3 When you woke up this morningEverything was goneBy half past ten your head was goingDing dong ringin' like a bellFrom your head down to your toesLike some voice tryin' to tell youThere's somethin' you should knowWoke up this mornin'Got yourself a gunHe jumps on a horse which they used to do and goes and buys some guns which they still do NOW READ ON

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    “Faith I am no such fool; everyone for himself in this desert of selfishness which is called life” I enjoyed this a lot than I thought I would It wasn't until I read Lessing's The Golden Notebook that The Red and the Black became high up on my radar Lessing described this book as being one which fully encapsulated what it was like to live in France under the Bourbon Restoration 1814 1830 I was curiousWhat I got was the story of a poor provincial man working his way up in the world through a combination of intelligence hard work and deception Julien Sorel knows he has to hide his true self and play a role if he is to get ahead and this is a major theme of the book the parts people play for their self serving ambitions Julien also secretly harbours strong Bonapartist sympathies dreaming of what could have been had Napoleon still been in powerIf this sounds at all dry it is not Probably because a large chunk of the book is taken up by Julien's tantalizingly illicit relationships first with the married Mme de Renal whose husband is enough of a raging misogynist to make her cheating seem somewhat acceptable and later with the Maruis's daughter Stendhal manages to make secret hand holding surprisingly thrilling and every slight feeling unbelievably dramaticOf course the situation with Mme de Renal couldn't last and it is when Julien joins the seminary in Besançon that the book is at its slowest It picks up again when he goes to live with Maruis de la Mole and begins running errands for the monarchists It's a pretty tragic book that paints a dire picture of if not the human race then at least those living in France in the early 19th century I found it interesting that The Red and the Black is considered the first psychological novel because books before it concerned themselves with depicting the actions and words of characters but not their inner workings and thoughts This latter is so commonplace these days that it never occurred to me there could have been a time when it wasn't doneFacebook | Instagram

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    Good heavens Is being happy is being loved no than that? Few books have so totally engrossed me as this French novel written nearly two hundred years ago Stendhal has aged very well The novel is just fun to read with short chapters simple prose and a plot that keeps the reader constantly wondering That the novel was not widely appreciated during Stendhal’s own lifetime shows how much literary taste has changed Whether this change has been for the better is difficult to say But at least we can now appreciate Stendhal’s masterpieceFor me Stendhal’s signature effect is the interplay of Romantic idealism and deflating realism Like his contemporary Balzac Stendhal catches the world in his net Every character scene and situation is carefully realistic Though hardly a political novel Stendhal succeeds in painting a subtle and compelling portrait of the epoch—the dynamic between the provinces and Paris the political clashes between liberals and royalists the relationship between the peasants the clergy and the old aristocracy His characters while individual are also recognizable types which he uses to dissect and analyze the social realities of his ageYet acting as a great counterweight to the ballast of detail is Stendhal’s famous psychological acuteness This turns what would potentially be a dated social study into a gripping story of universal import For his protagonist Stendhal creates Julien Sorel—passionate brilliant stubborn naïve calculating ambitious and manifestly unfit for his social stationStendhal a liberal himself could easily have written a kind of morality tale about what happens when a man of great gifts is born in the lower ranks of society with hardly any legitimate way of advancing This is indeed Julien Sorel’s position This morality tale would show us a good hearted man doing his best to be recognized for his genius but overcome by circumstances Yet Julien is infinitely interesting for being both flawed and devious Stendhal does not only show us how society makes his lot difficult but far subtly shows what the situation does to Julien’s psycheDeprived of any external encouragement Julien’s motivation must come from worldly ambition and an egoistic pride Since his only path to advancement is through people he despises—the clergy and the aristocracy—Julien must be dishonest hypocritical and ever cautious Forced to suppress his own emotions so constantly and forced so freuently to act against his inclinations whenever Julien is given a taste of kindness love or happiness he loses control and threatens to undo all that his calculating subtlety had accomplishedThis psychological portrait is so perfectly realized that we both sympathize with root for and yet see through Julien Sorel He is extraordinary and yet painfully limited by his surroundings His tragedy is that circumstances deprived the world of what he could have been had he been born in a different time and place That Stendhal could create at the same time a universal morality tale a realistic sketch of society a vivid psychological study and a thrilling novel—complete with a burning love story—all in the simplest prose is a testament to the author’s high art

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