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3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  10,499 Ratings  ·  349 Reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 532 pages
Published September 12th 2000 by Modern Library (first published 1839)
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Bill  Kerwin
Jan 01, 2009 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 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
Jr Bacdayan
Jul 18, 2016 Jr Bacdayan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
JR was writing a little note on a piece of parchment when a cry was heard outside his door. ‘Bring him here, the rascal. I shall have his head cut off!’ There was a commotion and the door was opened and he recognized Conte Crescenzi, quite inebriated, and spouting forth such obscenities that would have made the most devilish of villains blush. 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 ...more
Jean-Paul Werner Walshaw-Sauter


(Jeune fille de Procida, 1822 Louis-Léopold Robert)


Le printemps n’a point tant de fleurs,
L’Automne tant de raisins meurs,
L’Esté tant de chaleurs hâlées,
L’Hyver tant de froides gelées,
Ny la Mer n’a tant de poissons,
Ny la Beauce tant de moissons,
Ny la Bretaigne tant d’arenes,
Ny l’Auvergne tant de fonteines,
Ny la nuict tant de clairs flambeaux,
Ny les forests tant de rameaux,
Que je porte au cœur, ma maitresse,
Pour vous de peine et de tristesse.

Pierre de Ronsard (1524-1585)

Marie-Henri Beyle,
Oct 05, 2007 adam rated it really liked it
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
Dec 26, 2016 Paradoxe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Δεν υπάρχει η γοητεία της ιστορίας και των αλληγοριών του Κόκκινο και Μαύρο. Υπάρχουν όμως η ίδια αίσθηση διαχρονικότητας και ταύτισης καταστάσεων και ξυπνάει ακόμη εντονότερα τον ηθικό αντίλογο.

Σπουδαία επιτεύγματα είναι η εξαιρετική τακτική μοναδική στον Στεντάλ ώστε να μην προκαλεί ταύτιση με τους ήρωες αλλά να ξυπνά την ομοιοπάθεια και την πολύβαθη, ρεαλιστική αναγνώριση πως οι εποχές αλλάζουν, η εξέλιξη κάνει τον κύκλο της για να αποδώσει νέες αυλές που μοιάζουν με κάθε άλλη παρελθοντική αυ
Andrei Tamaş
Dec 06, 2013 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
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 ...more
Jan 13, 2016 Cristina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: francesa

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
Jun 24, 2009 Christian rated it it was ok
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
Not bad until the end where it grows maudlin, alas, and becomes a slog. Worthwhile overall, but The Red and the Black it isn't.
Jan 17, 2012 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
مروان البلوشي
تاريخ القراءة الأصلي : ١٩٩٨

تبدأ هذه الرواية بواحدة من أجمل البدايات في الأدب العالمي، ثم تتشعب وكأنها تحتوي قصة داخل قصة، ولكنك لن تنسى طاقة الكتاب الدافقة
فهد الفهد
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
Jan 15, 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
Nelson Zagalo
52, é o número de dias que levou Stendhal a escrever “A Cartuxa de Parma”, um total de 10 páginas diárias que dão bem conta da capacidade, quase infinita, de recursos conceptuais e cognitivos do autor para lhe fornecer um fluxo ininterrupto de ideias. Falo nomeadamente da capacidade de visualizar sequências num detalhe suficiente para as descrever, não apenas nas suas ações, efeitos e reações mas também no detalhe dos seus cenários, interiores e exteriores, mais ainda no imaginar, ou personifica ...more
mai ahmd
May 23, 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
Sep 08, 2012 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
Jun 29, 2014 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 19, 2011 David Lentz rated it really liked it
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
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
May 01, 2013 Alex rated it liked it
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
Mar 24, 2011 Rosana rated it really liked it
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
Dec 29, 2010 Sketchbook rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
A dazzling "opera" and the worldliest of books ever written.
Parmesan courtlife is both Machiavellian & Ruritanian. Courtiers,
politicos, Great Ladies and Ministers of State banter, plot,
betray and caress romantic dreams within a maze of social
maneuvers. The young hero has a Candide-quality and his high-born
aunt - a duchess who uses sex with brains as a handbook on tactics
- is among the most enchanting women in fiction.
Jan 27, 2011 Hadrian rated it liked it
Shelves: french, fiction
A fun and enjoyable read. Burned through this quite easily. Swordfights, duels, prisoner escapes. Not quite as masterly as The Red and the Black but still fun. Straddles the line somewhere between Romanticism and Realism, with its character depictions as well as the imagery.
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
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
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
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
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
Mar 03, 2010 Szplug rated it really liked it
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
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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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