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Colomba

3.47  ·  Rating Details ·  474 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
Considérée, avec Carmen, comme le chef-d’œuvre de l’auteur, cette nouvelle écrite à l’âge de trente-six ans par Mérimée à l’issue d’un voyage de deux mois en Corse effectué dans le cours de l’année 1840 le mit, d’une façon définitive, au premier rang parmi les favoris du public et lui ouvrit les portes de l’Académie française.

Colomba a pour thème la vendetta1, guerre privé
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Poche, 183 pages
Published April 8th 1993 by Flammarion (first published 1840)
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Maria Thomarey
Feb 01, 2016 Maria Thomarey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3,5 ....ποιο πολυ μου έχει μείνει η εξαιρετική τηλεοπτική σειρά ( ενδεχόμενος λέγω εικόνας )
Chris
Oct 17, 2012 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read the ultimate book on Corsican vendettas while in Corsica. There is a great beer named after the vengeful sister Colomba that is spiced with the herbs of the "Maquis", the wild interior of Corsica where outlaws went to leave beyond laws after carrying out a vendetta. Great book!
Czarny Pies
Apr 13, 2016 Czarny Pies rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, french-lit
This is a great adventure and love story set in Corsica in the period immediately following the Napoleonic Wars involving an English Rose and a gallant Mediterranean nobleman who is tall, dark and handsome. It's such a simple formula. Why can't the French write like this anymore.
Viki
Jan 23, 2011 Viki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this story really did inspired me! about the courage of a woman ... i really liked it!
Mina Soare
Je peux comprendre pourquoi Orso aime "les épaules et les cheveux blonds" de Lydia parce que chaque fois que je l'entende parler je veux la jeter par la fenêtre.

"Aussitôt elle se leva, et posant sans cérémonie la tête d'Orso sur les genoux de miss Nevil, elle courut auprès des bandits.

Un peu étonnée de se trouver ainsi soutenant un beau jeune homme, en tête à tête avec lui au milieu d'un maquis, miss Nevil ne savait trop que faire"


C'est vraiment drôle, notre pauvre Colomba est entouré par des i
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Bill
Apr 05, 2009 Bill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 19th century French romantics were fascinated by La Corse, a fairly recent acquisition that had not only spawned Napoleon, but whose savage inhabitants' code of justice presented such an ongoing anachronism to the mainland's progressive society.

Colomba is the best of the several novels by French romantics "discovering" the island and, apparently, paints the most faithful portrait of a village in the grips of an ongoing vendetta. The characters, with the exception of Orso, are fairly archetyp
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Adam
Prosper Mérimée wrote the novel on which the opera "Carmen" is based.

Like "Carmen", "Colomba" has a remarkable 'heroine'. Set in Corsica during the early 19th century, this exciting novel describes how a British Colonel and his attractive daughter find themselves becoming involved in a vendetta between two rival families in a small hill town. Corsica, like Sicily and Albania, was reknowned for its vendettas. The English girl falls for Colomba's brother, who has recently returned from mainland Fr
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Jan Hájek
Kdo nikdy neslyšel nic o korsické cti, maquis a vendette, historii zbojníků, bude mu knížka připadat jako romantická slatanina, western křížený s červenou knihovnou.
Kdo ale aspoň jednou viděl zelené hory a pichlavé keříky, ceduli, na které je prostřílený francouzský název, pro toho je Colomba uvěřitelná, uhrančivá... Ano, je hodně vidět, že je to kniha z půlky 19.stol, ale i to jí přidává na romantismu časů dávno minulých, začínající belle epoque, do které patří i správně sladký závěr. Stačí př
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-Athina-
Oct 25, 2016 -Athina- rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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que des souvenirs de Corse ;)
José Manuel
Oct 13, 2016 José Manuel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Otra "Carmen", esta vez en Córcega. Tipismo, tradiciones, pasiones, venganza... y una mujer de extraordinario carácter.
Mother
Nov 05, 2011 Mother rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Priča o krvnoj osveti nije nepoznata ni na našim prostorima. Smatram da je dobro što je civilizacija toliko napredovala, pa je primenjivanjem Zakona došlo do ukidanja krvne osvete. Ipak "Kolomba" ukazuje i na još nešto: kada je jedna strana sklona podmetanju i falsifikovanju činjenica, čini se da je normalno podržati osvetu. Koliko god da sam protiv međusobnog ubijanja, osećam simpatiju za Kolombu i njenog brata Orsa.
Agnes
Apr 19, 2009 Agnes rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Agnes by: Bill
I would recommend this is you will be traveling to Corsica, as it gives a great flavor of traditional Corsican culture, but otherwise, I don't recommend picking it up. It's a pretty standard 19th century romantic novel, with unsympathetic characters and a fairly lame plot until about the last 50 pages, which do pick up and move quickly. Colomba, the title character, is intriguing - she seems like the original mafia sister/wife.
Jasminka
Jan 16, 2012 Jasminka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
Classic read... Easy, simple, short, but still adventurous and romantic. This is the first book from Prosper Mérimée that I've read, and I really liked it. I learned a lot about the island of Corsica, and most of all about Corsican vendetta. Story of courageous Colomba, and her struggle to avenge the death of her father. Nicely written, my recommendations...
Auriane
Jan 31, 2016 Auriane rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Je devais le lire pour le travaille est c'est ce que j'ai fait avec un peu d'appréhension et franchement j'ai été très déçu et ça été un livre très long à lire pour moi car c'est un classique et qu'il ne passe pas grand choses donc je ne conseillerais pas ce livre à un enfant où même un adolescent mais à un adulte sans problème même si il y a énormément de chances qu'il l'ait déjà lu
Mohamad Dahrouj
May 11, 2013 Mohamad Dahrouj rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
يستحق بروسبير الثناء على هذه الرواية الرائعة بأحداثها وشخصياتها ولعل ابرز هذه الشخصيات هي كولومبا نفسها التي كانت تعرف حقا من قتل أباها وتنتظر أن يعود أخاها المتسامح ليثأثر من قتلة أبيه .
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Khadija Anfradi
Un roman lu en 2014,
Je m'en souviens ni des événements ni des personnalités.
Il se peut qu'il n'était pas un roman marquant pour moi.
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Prosper Mérimée was a French dramatist, historian, archaeologist, and short story writer. He is perhaps best known for his novella Carmen, which became the basis of Bizet's opera Carmen.
Mérimée loved mysticism, history, and the unusual, and may have been influenced by Charles Nodier (though he did not appreciate his works), the historical fiction popularised by Sir Walter Scott and the cruelty and
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“It strikes me you might place your gifts better. Why should you send powder to a ruffian who will use it to commit crimes? But for the deplorable weakness every one here seems to have for the bandits, they would have disappeared out of Corsica long ago."

"The worst men in our country are not those who are 'in the country.'"

"Give them bread, if it so please you. But I will not have you supply them with ammunition."

"Brother," said Colomba, in a serious voice, "you are master here, and everything in this house belongs to you. But I warn you that I will give this little girl my mezzaro, so that she may sell it; rather than refuse powder to a bandit.”
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