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Officer, diplomat, spy, journalist & intermittent genius, Marie Henri Beyle employed more than 200 aliases in the course of his crowded career. His most famous moniker, however, was Stendhal, which he affixed to his greatest work, The Charterhouse of Parma. The author spent a mere seven weeks cranking out this marvel in 1838, setting the fictional equivalent of a land- ...more
Paperback, 510 pages
Published September 1st 1962 by Doubleday Anchor (first published 1839)
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Bill  Kerwin
Feb 24, 2016 Bill Kerwin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Stendhal depicts both the amorous passion and the predilection for court intrigue present in the Italian character, yet he does this with an irony 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 of Parma," for all its realism, is still an incredibly romantic novel, containing a battle, a duel, a knife fight, various disgui
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adam
Oct 08, 2007 adam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Standard 19th century French novel? Not even close. 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 the main character gets locked away in prison for a womb-like nine months; a narrator who couldn't care less about the whole thing...this is so modern it hurt ...more
Andrei Tamaş
Jan 30, 2016 Andrei Tamaş rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pentru mine, Sthendal este unul dintre marii scriitori moralizatori de factură istorică. El surprinde funcţia educativă a istoriei expunând cu o insensibilitate apologetică (fapt pentru care este renumit) faptele istorice aşa cum au avut ele să fie, centrând în schimb spectrul de analiză asupra caracterelor pe care vrea să le scoată în evidenţă (mai mult sau mai puţin peiorativ).
În "Mănăstirea din Parma" prezintă destrămarea unei familii aristocratice de sorginte italiană. Acţiunea îl are în cen
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Cristina
Mar 01, 2016 Cristina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Escritores como Balzac, André Gide o Tolstoi consideraron "La cartuja de Parma" de Stendhal una de las mejores novelas de todos los tiempos.

Llego a ella después de haber leído "El rojo y el negro" y "Vanina Vanini" y podría afirmarse que contiene una mezcla de ambas, hipótesis factible si se tienen en cuenta los años de publicación de las tres novelas: "El rojo y el negro" fue publicada en 1830, "Vanina Vanini" en 1829 y "La cartuja de Parma" en 1839. De "El rojo y el negro" tomaría Stendhal el
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Christian
I picked this up last month because I'm a huge fan of The Red And The Black, easily one of my top five novels. 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.

Unfortunately, in my opinion after a promising start this book
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Bill
Feb 01, 2014 Bill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books I've read. Politics, action, humanism vs.conservatism, passion vs. lack of passion, lovers, rivals, extreme wealth and the values of aristocracy, all the characters with both good and bad actions and ways of thinking. Set in the autocratic monarchy of Parma in Italy between 1815 and 1830.

A fascinating exploration of what motivates people and how they act. The plot is held together by the stories of a brilliant, activist Duchess and her impetuous nephew, but includes many m
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Fahad
Apr 08, 2013 Fahad rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
صومعة بارما

يقال أن ستاندال كتب هذه الرواية الضخمة في 52 يوماً فقط، كيف يمكن لأي كاتب أن يخلق عالماً روائياً مليئا هكذا في أقل من شهرين !! إنها لمعجزة حقيقية، جاك كرواك كتب (على الطريق) في ثلاثة أسابيع فقط، في المقابل كتب باموق (اسمي أحمر) في 10 سنوات، وكتب أنطونيو سكارميتا (ساعي بريد نيرودا) في 14 عاماً، إن الزمن الذي تستغرقه كتابة الرواية لا علاقة له بجودتها، ربما تبدو الرواية المكتوبة بسرعة، أقل إحكاماً، ولكنها مكتوبة بروح واحدة وباندفاع، بينما الرواية التي كتبت على مدى سنوات طويلة تبدو وكأن
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Gabriele
Jan 22, 2016 Gabriele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Romanzo incostante questo di Stendhal, quasi l'autore non sapesse bene in quale direzione rivolgersi, ma avesse comunque l'obiettivo di pubblicare un racconto ricco di intrighi e di vicende. Stendhal è d'altra parte contemporaneo di un certo Dumas, e come ogni buon autore francese del periodo ama abbondare: in 400 pagine le vicende non mancano e il ritmo è sostenuto, ma quanto sia necessario raccontarci tutto ciò è un po' il dubbio del lettore che riesce ad arrivare alla fine della storia. Trovi ...more
mai ahmd
Jun 05, 2012 mai ahmd rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: روايات


دير بارم الرواية التي أعجبت باموق وتحدث عنها في كتابه ألوان أخرى على أساس إنها من كتبه المفضلة والتي مازال يقرأ بها بين وقت وآخر ذلك أمر جذب اهتمامي وأحببت أن أتعرف على ماهية هذا الكتاب بل إنني حاولت أن أحبه مثله لكن لم استطع يبدو إننا لا نتشابه في الذائقة حسنا هي رواية كلاسيكية من الدرجة الأولى تدور أغلب أحداثها عن المؤامرات والدسائس التي تحدث في بلاط الأمراء ويذهب ضحيتها أبرياء وأحيانا ليسوا كذلك كما إنها تبرز دور المرأة وسلطتها وكيف تستطيع بجاذبيتها وأنوثتها أن تتحكم بمقاليد السلطة حين يقع رج
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EGe
Nov 24, 2013 EGe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
İlk okumaya başladığımda 200 sayfa sonrasında pes etmiş olduğum, araya onlarca başka kitap sıkıştırdığım (hatta 2-3 yıl) bir kitap bu; herhalde ters zamanıma geldi diyip tekrar başlayıp 10-15 günde bitirmiş bulunmaktayım. Açıkçası kim kiminle ne yapmak istiyoru oturtmanız biraz zaman alıyor ondan ilk 200 sayfada kitabın içine çok giremeyebiliyorsunuz; ilk başta herhalde savaşı anlatan bir roman olacak derken bir anda ters köşe yapıp sizi Jane Austen vari aşk hikayelerinin içine sokuyor.
Biraz bah
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Roberta
Sep 30, 2015 Roberta rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classici, france, 2015
Tanto ho amato Il rosso e il nero (e devo rileggerlo, per controllare che non fossi in preda al delirio) tanto mi ha annoiato questo romanzo. Possibile? E' la storia di un giovinotto italiano che va alla guerra (a seguito di Napoleone) armato solo del suo idealismo, poi torna senza aver capito se in battaglia ci è stato o meno (dubbio lecito) e infine viene coinvolto in vari intrighi politici, viene salvato dalla zia che è innamorata di lui, viene catturato, conosce il vero amore, lo perde, dive ...more
David Lentz
Jun 20, 2011 David Lentz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this novel after finishing The Red and the Black, which I thought was the far better novel of the two. The scenes in which Fabrizio joins Napoleon's army at Waterloo really come to life and shine in the narrative of Stendahl, as he had been a soldier in battle for Napoleon during his lifetime. Fabrizio really is a bit too much of a narcissist and after a while, despite his handsome youth and intellect, I found myself tiring of him. He really made a number of knuckleheaded moves with his c ...more
Rosana
Jan 24, 2013 Rosana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don’t know what my expectations were, but certainly I never expected a soap-opera. A great soap-opera, though, that kept me intrigued by the most part.

I also did not expect the stream of consciousness, the lightness and the sense that Stendhal was breaking the writing rules, of his time and even of ours.

I cannot let go of the feeling that Stendhal would had been better under the guidance of a good editor. Some passages are too long, some are too short. Important information is thrown at us hid
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Darran Mclaughlin
I found this novel disappointing because I loved The Red and the Black so much and was expecting something similar. I found that I didn't really warm to the characters very much, which is exactly the kind of criticism I usually find trite. Julien Sorel, the protagonist of Stendhal's earlier novel, is an excellent character and the Red and the Black deserves to be regarded as one of the milestone's in the evolution of the novel for it's realism, psychological insight and investigation of class. I ...more
Adam Dalva
Oct 13, 2014 Adam Dalva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sprawling, sloppy, often-exhilarating read. It is an almost absolute middle point between Tom Jones (the handsome lead, the vignette-y style, the wonderful humor, the slapsticky regard for human life, the excess coincidences that characterize the early novel) and War and Peace, which it clearly influenced in its court/war split and its fascination with Napoleon.

It is too long by half - the scenes of intrigue in Parma are remarkably redundant - and has some messy threads that never really reso
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Bruce
Dec 22, 2015 Bruce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The French writer Stendhal, whose real name was Marie-Henri Beyle, wrote in the first half of the 19th century, producing two great masterpieces, The Red and the Black and The Charterhouse of Parma. He is justly considered to be a linking figure between the fading fashions of Romanticism and the emerging Realism in literature which flourished during the 19th century’s second half. In addition, he exhibited in his writings acute and even prescient psychological perceptiveness, making his works re ...more
Frahorus
Introduzione
Prima opera di Stendhal che leggo e, scopro, essere l'ultima che lui scrisse. Si percepisce la sua sensibilità romantica e la precisa analisi delle passioni dei suoi personaggi, gli intrighi politici e i comportamenti sociali delle classi che ci descrive. Stendhal era uno scrittore francese che amava l'Italia, e ciò si desume dalla lettura della sua opera. Si narra che La Certosa di Parma fu dettata e scritta in soli 52 giorni (tra il 4 novembre ed il 26 dicembre 1838) dall'autore pe
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AGamarra
May 08, 2016 AGamarra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aunque es irresistible compararla con su obra cumbre "Rojo y Negro", la Cartuja de Parma es por muchos motivos una gran obra del realismo francés.
La historia narra las aventuras de Fabricio del Dongo, joven noble de Parma, muchacho muy valiente y apasionado que busca la gloria fuera de su comarca. La narración de su aventura militar es apasionante y vertiginosa, permite conocer de cerca las bajezas y glorias del ejército napoleónico.
Luego de ello la novela cae un poco en emociones y ritmo, pero
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Mark
Jul 06, 2015 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The latest in a line of books that I end up reading because it is on someone else's list. This one is not bad although it does not fare as well as some of the others.

The biggest problem for me is that the sort of book that it promises to be in the first 100 pages or so is not the book that The Charterhouse of Parma actually ends up being. You might expect, based on the cover blurb and the early action, that this novel is chiefly the story of Fabrizio del Dongo (who I'll probably always think of
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Szplug
Sep 17, 2010 Szplug rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stendhal is a flat-out gifted storyteller, and The Charterhouse of Parma - though oddly named considering the relative unimportance of the title locale - is a marvelous mock-romantic, breezy swing through Napoleonic-era Italy and the perilous minefield of forbidden love. The opening chapters, wherein our young and noble hero, Fabrice del Dongo, endures a plenitude of provocations and humiliations during and after the infamous clash at Waterloo, are worth the price of the book in and of themselve ...more
Наталия Янева
Една от най-потресаващо скучните книги, които съм чела (да не звуча пресилено и да кажа "изобщо") от дълго време насам. Твърде помпозният, хаотичен, превъзнесен стил на Стендал се вихри с пълна сила. Спомням си, че и в "Червено и черно" имаше моменти, в които изпитвах подобна досада, но тук наистина ми беше неимоверно трудно да следя историята- а четенето на дебели книги не е нещо, което да не съм правила (четенето на класики- също). Твърде много безсмислени случки и описания, за които, в момент ...more
Kaylee
Oct 30, 2010 Kaylee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's not often that I enjoy a book about a playboy who fights in battles, takes up religion because it's the easy track, and deals with the politics of court.

And yet... ahh, Stendhal, how I love your works.

The Charterhouse of Parma is full of the same sarcasm, comments on society, and "dark" humor that flavors his other works (The Red and the Black, anyone?). It's a splendid book all around: wonderfully written (translated beautifully in my opinion), full of characters that are wretched and piti
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Jim Coughenour
Richard Howard's recent translation of Stendhal's classic rescues the novel from the fustiness of the Penguin version*; I almost felt as if I were reading the book for the first time. For me, Stendhal is one of the pure pleasures of literature, one of those "effortless" novels that makes up for a whole lot of everyday ugliness.

* I was referring to the translation I read in the 80s. After I wrote this review, I noticed that Penguin has a new (2007) translation by John Sturrock – one the translato
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Salah Sameh
Yes ; it was ok !
A l`exception de quelques scènes qui m`ont plu (comme celle du Waterloo), je n`ai pas aimé ce roman comme ``Le Rouge et le Noir``. Mais quelle Différence ! Deux Protagonistes, Sorel et Fabrice, je me trouve attaché au premier, et, franchement, je n`ai pas aimé le dernier. J`ai aimé un peu sa Tante, Gina, avec tous ses efforts, ses contributions pour qu`il soit libre.
Je comprends bien que Stendhal a écrit ``La Chartreuse`` dans 52 jours seulement, mais ca, c`est sa faute, n`est p
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Càfê Sữa
Apr 18, 2015 Càfê Sữa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sam
Mar 24, 2011 Sam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french-lit
Despite how long it took me to finish, I got through the majority of this book pretty quickly. There was a point, a bit past the middle of the book, where it became really tedious to me, and I could only bring myself to read the same paragraph over and over whenever I attempted to pick it up again. I don't think it was really the book's fault; I got distracted by rekindled obsession with Huysmans and subsequently Flaubert, and this book just wasn't in the same vein of what I thought I wanted to ...more
Brian
Apr 01, 2011 Brian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read “The Red And The Black” a few months ago and decided to follow it up with “The Charterhouse of Parma.” I feel “The Red And The Black” is the better book. Julien Sorel is one of the most interesting and complex characters in literature and the book’s architecture was very well thought out. Nevertheless, both books are well deserving of their high reputations.

Of all the novelists of his era, Stendhal was perhaps the most passionate music lover. He wrote books on Haydn, Mozart, Rossini and o
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Dan
Jul 06, 2010 Dan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Alex
You know, this didn't really do it for me. I found myself describing it as a poor man's Count of Monte Cristo crossed with a poor man's Madame Bovary, but not as interesting as that makes it sound. There are some great scenes, but a lot of exposition in between; I just never felt completely drawn in. For a novel with as much plot as this has, I was rarely dying to know what happened next.

It's got a terrific battle scene in it, though, just this amazing picture of "Wait, are we fighting? Am I in
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Yasemin
Mar 17, 2016 Yasemin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yabancı-roman
Çok az insan mutlu olur ama bu kitaptaki karakterler o çok az insan sınıfına giremez. Aşık olmanın acı çekmekten geçtiği, inanmanın sancıları ve işkenceyi artırdığı bir dünyada kavuşmak çok zor koşullar altında gerçekleşmekte hatta gerçekleşememekte.
Gerçekçi bakıldığında toplum içinde farklı olan insanların acı çektiği ve çekmeye müsait olan yapılarıyla Stendal romanında karşımıza çıkıyor.
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Henri-Marie Beyle, better known by his pen name Stendhal , was a 19th-century French writer. Known for his acute analysis of his characters' psychology, he is considered one of the earliest and foremost practitioners of realism in his two novels Le Rouge et le Noir (The Red and the Black, 1830) and La Chartreuse de Parme (The Charterhouse of Parma, 1839).
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