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The Charterhouse of Parma
Richard Howard’s exuberant and definitive rendition of Stendhal’s stirring tale has brought about the rediscovery of this classic by modern readers. Stendhal narrates a young aristocrat’s adventures in Napoleon’s army and in the court of Parma, illuminating in the process the whole cloth of European history.
As Balzac wrote, “Never before have the hearts of princes, minist Richard Howard’s exuberant and definitive rendition of Stendhal’s stirring tale has brought parmz the rediscovery of this classic by modern readers. As Balzac wrote, “Never before have the hearts of princes, ministers, courtiers, and women been depicted like this Paperbackpara.
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Jan 01, Bill Kerwin rated it it was amazing. Stendhal depicts both the amorous passion and the predilection for court intrigue present in the Italian character, yet he does this with an caftuja and a political analysis indisputably French, thereby producing not only a great realistic novel but a work which comments on the romantic novels that have gone before. And yet–here is the marvelous part–“The Charterhouse fe Parma,” for all its realism, is still an incredibly romantic novel, containing a battle, a duel, a knife fight, various disgui Stendhal depicts both the amorous passion and the predilection for court intrigue present in the Italian character, yet he does this with an irony prama a political analysis indisputably French, thereby producing not only a great realistic novel but a work which comments on the romantic novels that have gone before.
And yet–here is the marvelous part–“The Charterhouse of Parma,” for all its realism, is still an incredibly romantic novel, containing a battle, a duel, a knife fight, various disguises for the hero and others, a poetry-writing revolutionary highwayman, and the most romantic setting for a love-affair possible–a passionate encounter between padma unjustly imprisoned young nobleman and the beautiful daughter of the prison warden, soon to be married to a rich man she despises!
None of this, however, turns out quite the way that it would for Dumas pere –or Anthony Hope, for that matter–for in cartuj world of Stendhal the individual’s romantic impulses–as in real life–are often thwarted by circumstance. View all 14 comments. JR was writing a little note fartuja a piece of parchment when a cry was heard outside his door.
I shall have his head cut off! Such buffooneries were uttered that even the dogs barking outside were scandalized.
It was later claimed by the lowest class that at the same moment, insi JR was writing a little note on a piece of parchment when a cry was heard outside his door.
It was later claimed by the lowest class cartujaa at the same moment, inside the church of the Sta. Now JR had a tiny piece of dagger in his hilt and was ready to stab the Conte had the Conte attempted to draw his rapier. Alas, the Conte was there only to abuse the poor gentleman with his words.
I feel thee, better to be with us dogs than a wife who is a bitch to another man. He had never heard such an accusation, and from such a lowly person. Thus his heart syendhal filled with great sorrow and he drunk such wine that the Savior would param died had it been all his blood the Conte was drinking. Then the suddenly passionate Conte broke into a sonnet he wrote as a boy once when his mother had struck him for pilfering a sou from her purse.
When he finished the drunken crowd erupted with peals of laughter and insults, for the sonnet was not flattering and very novice. It was his Italian blood, vartuja to fits of wild imaginings when in frenzy that cartuma can attribute this to.
And so Bonaparte declared the name JR and informed the furious Conte of his whereabouts. Full of zeal, the Conte made haste and left the tavern but not before he insulted the crowd with his profanities that are to be legendary for being astoundingly juvenile at the same time. After assaulting JR with a furious besmirching, the Conte sat down and asked for some wine.
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But then light slowly came to him. But the smile vanished from his face when he looked at the clock and saw that it displayed the numbers seven fifty-eight.
He sprang up, took a quick shower, changed clothes, got his bag and went out. He was late for class.
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View all 8 comments. A sprawling, sloppy, often-exhilarating read. It is too long by half – the scenes of intrigue in Parma are remarkably redundant – and has some messy threads that never really reso A sprawling, sloppy, often-exhilarating read. It is too long by half – the scenes of intrigue in Parma are remarkably redundant – and has some messy threads that never really resolve.
The ending is anticlimactic and strange. I think conceptions of literary STAKES were still missing at this point and so we are built stendhhal a climax that we don’t really stenehal about and then fade away. Fabrizio is a spectacularly useful character. He is sexy, lovable, and unbelievably stupid and impulsive. I would say he makes several of the worst decisions in literature – all of which drive the action of the book and keep us on our toes. Stendhzl is stendnal zesty incesty plot that is cleverly written around.
There is possibly my favorite coincidence of this period of fiction early on, at Waterloo. I won’t spoil it. In fact, the entire before-Parma section of the book is absolutely thrilling.
Best of all though, is the stretch of the novel when Fabrizio is imprisoned in the beautifully designed tower. Brilliantly anticipated, wonderfully tense, oh-so-romantic.
It’s the “why I love to read” section of this book, resonant of the flood sequence in the Makioka Sisters. The rest of the novel doesn’t live up to it. But stendbal again, what could? Oh, and the title is clever. Quick read for its length. The translation by Howard is excellent – the Modern Library edition is replete with typos. Oct 05, adam rated it really liked it.
Standard 19th century French novel? This book defies almost every convention of the novel, and it was written before any of those conventions were even recognized! No hero, no heroine, no real plot; no morality lesson; Machiavellian politics for everyone; love doesn’t conquer all; love doesn’t even exist in this world until stendbal main character gets locked away cartuia prison for a womb-like nine months; a narrator who couldn’t care less about the catruja thing I wouldn’t call this an easy or fun read, but I find myself thinking about the book a lot, long sstendhal I’ve finished it.
It’s really difficult to place and kinda powerful because of it View all 3 comments. Il pittore e scrittore mezzo greco ammirava molto il grande Fabrizio Clerici, suo amico: Jun 16, Perry rated it really liked it Shelves: O wretched soul, what sweetness it was! How we burned at the moment when I saw those eyes that I might never see again.
Lines from Petrarch, on handkerchief given secretly as a gift in novel’s forbidden love affair The Charterhouse represented a movement away and forward from the romanticism of Stendhal’s time, this was one of the earliest examples of realism in a way that was considered revolutionary then; Balzac considered it the most important novel of his time. Though some elements of the r O wretched soul, what sweetness it was! Though some elements of the romantic emotionalism linger, the novel turns to realism in more fully exploring human nature and psychology of its primary characters.
Stendhal, like the protagonist Fabrice del Dongo, served with Napoleon’s army in the campaign into Russia. After Napoleon’s fall, Stendhal lived six years in Italy, a country he fell in love with, before returning to his native France. Upon return from serving with Napoleon’s army, del Dongo returns to the intrigue and politics of the court of Parma and fends off repeated advances from his relatively young aunt by marriage, 15 years his senior.
He falls head over heels for the young maiden Clelia and they begin a platonic affair Once he deems the affair hopeless, that he can never be with his love, he turns to the cloth, escaping the cruel world into the charterhouse, or monastery. I enjoyed it as a unique departure in my reading, appreciating the blend of the realism with some of the dramatically emotional pull of hopeless love. View all 19 comments. Jan 13, Cristina rated it it was amazing Shelves: View all 9 comments. I read this looking for more atmosphere and details about the Napoleonic wars, having just read War and Peace in which Tolstoy does a wonderful job of conveying how Napoleon’s Russian campaign was viewed by some sections of Russian society.
The beginning of this novel was promising with descriptions of how the people of Milan and the surrounding area viewed the Napoleonic conquest but soon the author began a long and involved courtly love saga that might have belonged more in the twelfth century I read this looking for more atmosphere and details about the Napoleonic wars, having just read War and Peace in which Tolstoy does a wonderful job of conveying how Napoleon’s Russian campaign was viewed by some sections of Russian society.
The beginning of this novel was promising with descriptions of how the people of Milan and the surrounding area viewed the Napoleonic conquest but soon the author began a long and involved courtly love saga that might have belonged more in the twelfth century than the nineteenth. Not exactly what I expected View all 10 comments. Paradoxal, deoarece el era aristocrat! Jun 24, Christian rated it it was ok. Stendahl was a nineteenth century French satirist who bascially invented the realistic psychological novel, and The Red And The Black is a wicked black comedy about a cunning young priest who plots to become Pope, and his subsequent adventures in high society.
Like I say I loved this book so I had high hopes for Charterhouse.