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Armance is a novel by Stendhal, published in 1827. It is Stendhal's first novel, though he had published essays and critical works on literature, art, and travel since 1815. Excerpted from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. ...more
Published by French & European Publications Inc (first published 1827)
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Une oeuvre volontairement reste dans le mystere, celui d'un individu jeune, beau et riche, Octave, et de sa fiancee Armance, pauvre et belle. Leur amour qui nait malgre la difference de classe. Et la chute Le non-aboutissement du mariage. Pourquoi_ Le mystere. on decele le mystere. Des choses cachees dans la profondeur dans L'ame d'Octave - son impuissance. Restele secret. Comme la vie meme . Ou pour emprunter la fin de un autre roman deStendhal To the happy Few. le livre etant desine a ceux qui ...more
Translated by C.K. Scott-Moncrieff, introduction by Bergen Evans.

This is a rather unsatisfying little novel of French manners concerning a young man and a young woman who love each other madly but will not think of marrying, for their own reasons, and thus remain basically estranged. According to Evans, Stendhal indicated in a letter (but not in the book) that Octave, the noble hero, is meant to be impotent: this is his "fatal secret." Because this is never mentioned in the story (or even hinted
La trama del libro es como la de un cuento de Kundera. Los personajes son ridiculos, atrapados dentro de su propia miseria. Muy descriptivo, con relativamente pocos simbolismos, y aunque es pequeno, cuesta algo de trabajo. Toca leerlo. Ah, y es acerca de la vida y el amor de dos jovenes existencialistas atrapados en la sociedad parisina del siglo 19.
Miruna Orban
I think that all those books about a love that complete just at the end of story could be either boring or fascinating.
I like this better than ''Pride and prejudice'' or ''Wuthering Heights''. I don't know why but the story was more captivated.
The contrast between the poor and the rich, Octave and Armance makes the story interesting.
At the beginning, Armance was a girl that didn't care about others say but when it came to a marriage with Octave, she refused saying that she can't do that because
Czarny Pies
Nov 17, 2014 Czarny Pies rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Personne
Recommended to Czarny by: J'essaie de lire tout ce qu'a écrit Stendhal
Shelves: french-lit, etron
Faute de pouvoir donner cinq etrons,jelui donne une etoile

Ceroman qui décrit les maux d'amours d'un jeune homme qui souffre de l'impuissance. Je suis bien d'accord que c'est une tragédie mais ce roman est minable. C'est à éviter à tout prix.

Je suis un grand amateur de Stendhal. Ce livre m'a decu énormement.
Mateus Pereira
O livro mais cabaço do ano. O personagem é um cuzão cheio de caráter e bondade. O que se espera de um personagem do Stendhal é que ele pise na cabeça dos outros e aja só para satisfazer seus prórpios desejos, sacrificando qualquer coisa em nome de seus prazeres. É justamente o contrário que faz Ocatve, protagonista do livro. O tom romântico e almofadinha dele só é menos irritante que o amor idealizado que ele sente por Armance, sua prima. Enfim, grande decepção. Em nada lembra os escrotos sem ca ...more
Jim M
The first, and classic, work by the mononymous Italian.
Enjoyed the rather dramatic choice of ink for Octave's letter, and Bonnivet's elliptic coffee stain and bookbinding manipulations of Soubirane.
Thomé Freyre
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will review soon. 6.5/10.
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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). ...more
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