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Atala and Rene

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Chateaubriand was the giant of French literature in the early nineteenth century. Drawing on eighteenth-century English romanticists, on explorers in America, and on Goethe's Werther, he had a profound effect on French writers from Victor Hugo and Lamartine to George Sand and Flaubert. A quixotic and paradoxical personality, he combined impressive careers as a brilliant pr...more
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Published May 14th 2014 by University of California Press (first published 1801)
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Yann
Atala et René ont deux fictions écrites par Chateaubriand au début du XIXème siècle. Elles prennent place dans ce qui était encore récemment l'Amérique française, avant que l'Empire n'en fasse la vente aux jeunes Etats-Unis d'Amérique. Ces contrées sauvages étaient le territoire des Creeks, avec lesquels les français vivaient plutôt en bonne intelligence grâce au commerce lucratif des castors, dont on faisait des fourrures et des parfums. Ces deux histoires ont piqué ma curiosité sur cet épisode...more
samar salman
شاتوبريان هو زعيم المدرسة الرومانطيقيه الفرنسيه و التي كتب فيها بأسلوب خاص تميز فيه عن بقية رواد هذه المدرسة من أمثال فيجتور هيجو و روسو. و منذ البداية تلاحظ أنت القاريء هذا التميز و الفراده و البلاغه العاليه التي كتب بها شاتوبريان ، و برغم أني قرأتها مترجمة من دار عويدات إلا أنني لمست فيها السحر و الجمال الذي أحسه الكاتب و عبر عنه. و هو ما ليس بغريب عن مجموعات دار عويدات التي أثبتت روعتها رغم قدم نسخها و عدم تجددها ، إلا أنها كنز يستحق النظر و المعنون تحت " ماريان " روائع الأدب منقولة إلى العرب...more
Pavel
This book was hard to swallow. Chateaubriand warns readers in advance: “If I do not affect the heart, I shall raise a smile.” Maiden addressing a prisoner as "poor young idolater" and "young handsome captive". Pagan seeing a priest celebrating mass and crying out: "O the charm of religion! O the magnificence of Christian worship!" Passionate savages, weeping and fainting heroes, noble hermit surrounded in his grotto by supernatural radiance, moonlit cemeteries.
But all this pales in comparison wi...more
David Bonesteel
Chateaubriand's two novellas about the comforts of Christianity and tortured souls in conflict with society inspired the early Romantic writers. It was something new under the sun at the time and many contemporaries felt it was a powerful expression of the discontent felt by many. However, time has not been kind and to these modern eyes "Rene" is a nearly unreadable chronicle of moping aristocrats who feel they have plumbed the depths of despair. "Atala" is even worse, adding a heaping dose of c...more
David B
Chateaubriand's two novellas about the comforts of Christianity and tortured souls in conflict with society inspired the early Romantic writers. It was something new under the sun at the time and many contemporaries felt it was a powerful expression of the discontent felt by many. However, time has not been kind and to these modern eyes "Rene" is a nearly unreadable chronicle of moping aristocrats who feel they have plumbed the depths of despair. "Atala" is even worse, adding a heaping dose of c...more
Bradford
Dreamlike, self-conscious, protracted suffering in the midst of an imagined wilderness, surrounded by noble savages, and visions of a christian socialist utopia.
globulon
I prefered 'Atala' to 'Rene' but both were nicely written, at least in the translation I read. I would like to read it in French. While the author is very Catholic, I found it compelling for the most part, presented as a very human religion. The figure of Father Aubry is very compassionate while at the same time advocating a serious attempt to overcome or restrain the "passions". I saw a lot of similarity with Bhuddism in this. I can also see why Chateaubriand is considered an important source o...more
Natalie
How funny to see primitive America as an exotic, romantic setting! The writing is beautiful; the story explores the fine line between melodrama so fun it could be the plot of a good opera and melodrama so ludicrous it makes you want to laugh, and the fact that the most ridiculous moments are nonetheless moving is a testament to Chateaubriand's great writing. It's kind of a sweet story in a sad way. I was surprised to discover that Girodet's painting almost exactly matches my imagination—although...more
Manuel Gugole
René è l’uomo che fugge alla ricerca di qualcosa che non riesce a definire, forse una felicità utopica che è tutto sfumato nel nulla, costantemente soffocato e spinto da inquietudini senza nome. E nel suo movimento, ricerca destinata al fallimento, è a tal punto focalizzato nell’atto di comprendersi e modularsi che in lui non trovano spazio le comuni aspirazioni umane, tanto semplici e spontanee nella società intorno. Il suo male, il male dell’uomo romantico, lo ripiega in una vita spesa al solo...more
Bryan
The case of a writer ignored due to the absurdly rendered wish fulfillment of his own adoption by Native Americans, although he is hardly the first. Chateaubriand's lyrical descriptions of a colonized paradise lost as a Rousseauian state of nature frame a Romantic story about one abandoned colonist's self-understanding. His sister, with whom he is engaged in an incestuous relationship, is sacrificed for his own salvation in a gothic scene more powerful than anything in Hawthorne's tales.
Ana Sucuma
This book is delicious. I actually saw the painting of Atala before I read the book and untill I finished the book completly I hadn't associated both (both of which are masterpieces). The writing of Chateaubriand is so great, so inspiring that it can make one who didn't before, believe in love.

I thought the narrative to be so ingenious, the story of Atala so tragic (to be only compared with the Greeks) and the follow up of Rene a stupendous bonus.

Please do read this one!
Chet Herbert
René, one of the ultimate Emo books, marks the beginning of the French Romantic movement and is akin to Goethe's The Sorrows of Young Werther, Lord Byron's Childe Harold's Pilgrimage and Alfred de Musset's La Confession d'un enfant du siècle. Atala is beautiful in its descriptive elegance and, despite Chateaubriand's intentions, to me is an effective critique against rigid and blind allegiance to Christian religiosity.
Alex
It is good to learn the French literary Romanticism through these works of its father; and also the author seems to know something about America, especially in its flora and fauna, and the native people to a lesser degree. But to me, it is just, well, too romanticist, too artificial. He does not even pretend to have much ground for his creation.
Leah
I wasn't really impressed with Chateaubriand in this piece, but I was pretty proud of myself for finishing my first novel in French (even though Reneit is really short. The melodramatic Romanticism was a bit much, and the relationship problem (won't give it away here) was just gross.
mika
this is one of those classic examples of colonialist imaginings of tragic savagery. in other words, it was really popular in the 19th century and really messed up.
Kimisse
Mar 23, 2008 Kimisse rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: aux âmes rêveuses
Recommended to Kimisse by: Madame Rey
un livre religieux qui exalte le christianisme tel un monument plein de splendeur. J ai surtout aimé la stylistique de l auteur.

Jakob
Mostly because he has few equals in the mastery of french (prose) language.
Brandy
Incest and Romanticism
Daniel
A sickness of the mind.
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François-René, vicomte de Chateaubriand was a French writer, politician and diplomat. He is considered the founder of Romanticism in French literature.
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