The Red and the Black
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.
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 futur...more
Dear Desert Island Book List,
I'm writing to inform you that, in a week or two, you will have a new member. The name is Stendhal. His novel is The Red and the Black. He's a bit of a ruffian, rather pessimistic fellow, too. But be congenial. He's much like the rest of you. His heart is too big. That, and social injustice, make him cantankerous. But he only has the best for humanity in mind.
He's a portly fellow, so please prepare a double strength hammock for his many pages. A...more
What to say about Stendhal? I think he exists halfway betwee...more
At 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 p...more
♪♫♪Red - the blood of angry men!...more
Black - the dark of ages past!
Red - a world about to
The protagonist, a young man of exceptional intelligence yet common background, wants nothing but to climb the social ladder and gai...more
"Only a fool," he (Julien) said to himself, "gets angry at others. A stone falls because it's heavy. Am I going to be forever a child? When will I acquire the good habit of giving these people my soul, only and exactly to the extent they...more
It's a dark book,...more
Vi sono, si sa, persone che nascono postume, ed altre che… Come si chiamano le persone che nascono prima di qualcosa? Julien, l’antieroe del romanzo di Stendhal Le Rouge et le Noir appartiene comunque alla prima categoria - e quel “dopo” è naturalmente il ”terribile corso”...
Il titolo criptico dell’adorabile milanese nato oltralpe, pare dividere in due il mondo - ma quella “e” al posto di una “o”… - lasciandoci solamente immagi...more
This book was definitely written to be an entertainment, and largely fits the reputation novels are given in the text of being salacious and full of corrupting ideas -- something I'm sure the author intended. The Red and the Black's...more
The Red and the Black proved me wrong. I was hooked. The story is gripping, the words were crafted beautifully, and the characters are memorable. It’s more tragic than the infamous Romeo and Juliet in some ways.
Julien was ambitious and will...more
I found it atmospheric, urgent, engaging. Typically, he starts with a provincial portrait built upon Hobbes, the provincials themselves "...more
The Red and the Black was published in 1830. The protagonist, Julian Sorel, is an intellectually gifted and sensitive young man from a working class family. He is eighteen or nineteen years old when he is offered a position as tutor to the children of...more
La signora de Renal, per quanto possa fare tenerezza - un po' come un gattino infreddolito per strada - è la prima delle donne idiote; pur essendo ricca, ha una cultura appena basilare, che la porta a rimanere affascinata ed invaghirsi dei bei discorsi affascinanti del bel Julien, che ne approfitta magistralmente riuscendo...more
Stendhal himself participated in the Napoleonic invasion o...more