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( The Red and the Black ) is a novel by Stendhal, published in 1830. The title has been translated into English variously as Scarlet and Black, Red and Black, and The Red and the Black. It is set in 1830, and relates a young man's attempts to rise above his plebeian birth through a combination of talent, hard work, deception and hypocrisy, only to find himself betrayed by ...more
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Manny
Aug 25, 2010 Manny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was taking the train from Geneva to Grenoble, one of the most beautiful routes in the world, and I was reading Le Rouge et le Noir for the second time. I hadn't picked the book because I was visiting Grenoble, it just worked out that way. I was alone in the compartment; it was one of those old-fashioned carriages which still had compartments.

At the fifth or sixth stop, the door opened, and a young woman entered carrying a lot of heavy luggage. She asked me, in French, if I'd mind helping her p
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Jeffrey Keeten
Feb 04, 2016 Jeffrey Keeten rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-french
”Nothing can distinguish a man as a death sentence,” thought Mathilde. “It’s the only thing one can’t buy.”

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Julien Sorel was a young man with an audacious intellect. Such a gift can be a great resource that can be exploited for financial gain or it can be a burden that keeps a person in perpetual misery. Sorel, the hero of our story, experiences both the wonders and the loneliness that sometimes goes hand in hand with being too aware to accept fate without attempting to manipulate a better futur
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Dolors
Nov 30, 2015 Dolors rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Skeptics and believers
Recommended to Dolors by: Emilie
Shelves: read-in-2015
The Red and the Black draws a colorful mosaic about the required hypocrisy to climb the ladder of social status in the France of the July Revolution.
Chronicled by an omniscient narrator, who meets every requisite to be Stendhal himself, the reader follows the story of Julien Sorel, a young man of humble origins whose only ambition is to ascend in the social hierarchy in a world still dominated by the Machiavellian politicking of the clergy and the nobility after the downfall of the Emperor.
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Quinn Slobodian
Dec 02, 2007 Quinn Slobodian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a book about the dangers of reading. The novel's characters are seduced by ideas, poetic gestures, tragic endings, narratives they might inhabit and soon find themselves enslaved to them, marching lockstep in the footprints of characters whose stories they've read. Stendhal obviously takes pleasure in his position as most recent seducer of the book's reader and he sugar-coats his narrative pills just enough that it's only later, with the feeling of slight corrosion in your stomach, that you ...more
K.D. Absolutely
Jan 21, 2013 K.D. Absolutely rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006-2012)
I just finished watching the latest movie adaptation of Les Miserables and there is a song there about Red and Black. I got excited because both Les Miserables and this book Scarlet and Black also known as Red and Black were both written by French novelists and set in the 19th century France. So, when I heard the song being sung by those young actors in Les Miz I said so that's the other meaning of those colors!
lesmiserablesRed - the blood of angry men!
Black - the dark of ages past!
Red - a world about to da
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Mariel
Mar 09, 2011 Mariel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fat cats
Recommended to Mariel by: house cats
Ultimately, Stendhal's The Red and the Black almost pissed me off. If I see this book again I'm tempted to say to it, "I'm not rationally sure why you kinda pissed me off. I just know you did!" It really would have if I had cared enough about any of the people in it to be pissed off. I hate that feeling of self persuasion as inevitable, as people being trapped in mind games. It sucks but I cannot swallow the idea that there is no other outcome. I know it's satire. I kinda hate satire. I don't wa ...more
Chuck LoPresti
Mar 19, 2012 Chuck LoPresti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's fairly easy to see why this book isn't more well-known as it was ahead of its time in 1830 and overshadowed by Flaubert, Balzac, and Hugo. And despite the fact that some consider it among the first "modern" novels it is probably a bit too dated to appeal to a more modern-focused crowd. I think I've come to a perfect period in my reading where this makes perfect sense. After Proust, Banffy and Zilahy - another read about courtly high society was a tough sell but I persevered a bit exhausted ...more
Maria Thomarey
Apr 01, 2016 Maria Thomarey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Κάποιος με ρώτησε κάποια στιγμή , αν το " κόκκινο και το μαύρο " είναι ενα πολιτικό βιβλίο .
Στ'αληθεια δε ξέρω την απάντηση . Αυτο που ξέρω είναι οτι αφορά σχέσεις εξουσίας κι εξάρτησης και αυτο ναι το κάνει ενα πολιτικό βιβλίο .
David Agraz
Apr 02, 2007 David Agraz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If nothing else, read Moncrieff's translation to seep yourself in the highly latinate, generally overeducated and comfortably contorted prose ('But the adroitness with the want of which we are reproaching him would have debarred the sublime impulse of seizing the sword which, at that moment, made him appear so handsome in the eyes of Mademoiselle de La Mole') -- it will do wonders for the style of your work emails. Trust me on this one.

What to say about Stendhal? I think he exists halfway betwee
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Elizabeth K.
Mar 20, 2010 Elizabeth K. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2006-new-reads
I read this for two reasons: First, now, when I die, I can say "Why yes, I've read Stendhal." Right, I don't know who at my deathbed is going to be asking me about Stendhal, but it's one more thing to cross off my worry list. Maybe there's some sort of deathbed reckoning for book snobs that involves a Ghost of Literature Past. Then our conversation could go like this:

Ghost of Literature Past: And you've read Stendhal ... ?
Me: Yes, indeedy!
GLP: Hmmm. Yes. Hmmm ... and it was in translation, I bel
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Yamini
Mar 12, 2016 Yamini rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What makes this novel a masterpiece is our friend Julien. Not a very likable fellow, I must admit, but a fantastically written one. He’s incredibly flawed and that’s what makes him so utterly human. He constantly makes horrible mistakes, trips over himself, is mostly always way in over his head, but all of that just makes him more complex, and thus more interesting.
Mahdi
Jun 05, 2015 Mahdi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
معمولاً وقتی اسم رمان های کلاسیک میاد، آدم احساس میکنه باید منتظر یه اثر دراز و خسته کننده باشه، پر از آدمایی که عصا قورت دادن و راجع به اخلاقیات و قضایای کلی حکم صادر میکنن. شرمنده، این رمان هم همین طوریه!
ولی خب، از حق نگذریم، همین مسائل رو، کمابیش ضمن داستان خوبی مطرح کرده. هر چند یه مقداری میشد پریشانی و اضطراب داستان کمتر بشه، ولی میشه شخصیت ها رو دوست داشت. خیلیاشون ملموسن.
Kim

First published in 1830, The Red and the Black is the bildungsroman of Julien Sorel, an intelligent and ambitious young man from a working class family in a rural area of France. Highly romantic, Julien admires Napoleon Bonaparte and has dreamed of a military career: the "Black" in the title represents the colour of the military uniform. However, a distinguished military career is not something a young man of his class can aspire to and Julien turns his attention to the Church: the uniform of w
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Fahad
Apr 07, 2013 Fahad rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
الأحمر والأسود

تأخرت كثيراً في الكتابة عن ستاندال وكتابيه، ولا أدري لماذا؟ ربما كان انشغالي بالمعرض هو السبب، وربما حقيقة أن الكتابين كانا ضخمين، وأردت فترة أهضمهما فيها وأخرج برأي، ستاندال من الأدباء المثيرين للجدل، فهناك من قدروه واعتبروه أباً للرواية النفسية وروائياً سابقاً لزمانه، وهناك من لا يطيقونه ولا يطيقون أسلوبه الكلاسيكي، عاش ستاندال في فترة حاسمة من تاريخ فرنسا، فهو قد ولد قبل الثورة الفرنسية بسنوات قليلة، وعاصر الحروب النابليونية، وكتب عن هذا بحكم أنه كره نابليون زمناً، وأحبه زمناً
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MJ Nicholls
I promised myself I wouldn’t spend too long clacking out a review of this one: usually, after a frenzied Sunday of reading I like to mellow out for the last few hours, and not dissertate (apparently that’s a word!) on a lofty French classic. Plus there are a few tip-top reviews already, like this one and this one and this one, so who cares what the anaemic Scot has to say? Really? In short: loved the epigrams, didn’t mind the frequent blurring of narrator with interior narration and dialogue, an ...more
Celeste Corrêa
Um pequeno apontamento sobre um livro, que tem excelentes resenhas aqui no Goodreads.
«O Vermelho e o Preto» de Stendhal ( 1783-1842), pseudónimo de Henri Beyle, tem por subtítulo «Crónicas de 1830», e chama desde logo à atenção pelo seu valor histórico. Ambientado na sociedade francesa da Restauração, dominada pela aliança dos nobres e do clero, mas ainda obcecada pela recordação de Napoleão, Julien Sorel, o herói, como é sempre tratado pelo narrador omnisciente, tem um valor representativo um
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Sidharth Vardhan

“Such is, alas, the drawback of an excessive civilization. At the age of twenty, the heart of a young man, if he has any education, is a thousand leagues from that devil-may-care attitude without which love is often only the most tedious duty.”

It is a powerful combination of a satire and a romantic novel. The satire parts are where Julien, the young man, is trying to find a living in a society which he finds full of arrogant hypocrites wherever he turns – rich of the country, priest, governme
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Cristina
Jan 04, 2016 Cristina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: los fans de los clásicos
Julián Sorel es junto a Dorian Gray, Raskólnikov, Ana Karenina o Madame Bovary, uno de esos personajes inolvidables de las novelas decimonónicas.

Julián Sorel es el perfecto arribista. Nada significan para él el amor, la amistad, la camaradería o la honestidad. Así, la estrategia, la mentira y la hipocresía constituyen su modus vivendi aplicando la máxima maquiavélica de que el fin justifica los medios. La maestría de Stendhal reside en mostrarnos al personaje desde todas sus caras sin ocultarnos
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[P]
May 11, 2015 [P] rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bitchin
When I was at university my best friend and I would regularly write to each other as, for the first time, we were at different ends of the country. These letters [yes, letters – we were not being pretentious; neither of us could afford a computer as kids and so didn’t know how to use email until later] would usually contain details of any, uh, girl-related activity, music recommendations and book recommendations. Parts of these letters have stayed with me – certain relationships [one in particul ...more
Nelson Zagalo
“O Vermelho e o Negro” (1830) surge algumas décadas antes de “Madame Bovary” (1857), oferecendo-lhe toda uma nova abordagem do romance, marcando aquilo que ficaria conhecido como, a ascenção do realismo e queda do romantismo, e que Flaubert aproveitaria tendo em conta toda a sua força. Apesar da proximidade, a extensão e intensidade da obra de Stendhal leva a que facilmente a sua leitura permaneça dentro de nós, debatendo-se com aquilo que somos, algo que dificilmente ocorre com o trabalho de Fl ...more
Mark
May 25, 2013 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Buddy-read with Kris

Dear Desert Island Book List,

I'm writing to inform you that, in a week or two, you will have a new member. The name is Stendhal. His novel is
The Red and the Black. He's a bit of a ruffian, rather pessimistic fellow, too. But be congenial. He's much like the rest of you. His heart is too big. That, and social injustice, make him cantankerous. But he only has the best for humanity in mind.

He's a portly fellow, so please prepare a double strength hammock for his many pages. A
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Tony
Dec 08, 2008 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Lessons learned: don't sleep with other people's wives, and don't fuck with the class system. Stendhal manages to conflate the two rather elegantly in the social maneuverings of the novel's hero, Julien Sorel. His romantic intrigues are immediately political as well as sensual, encapsulating a good deal of the contemporaneous upheavals in French government, as well as addressing more universal aspects of social tension and class psychology and, of course, the eternal divergence of love and lust. ...more
Lada
Mon livre prefere. Mon livre de chevet. Stendhal est vraiment un ecrivain tres francais par sa capacite de decrire un decor de societe et ses individus de provices et de Paris, opposes et en opposition dans la monarchie de juillet. Le rouge et le noir. Entre la vie et le clerge. La vie et la mort. Rouge sang et la religion noire, des soutanes, entre le feu et le froid seminaire. Le feu de la jeunesse, d'un exploit glorieux eclatant et une vie de janseniste, travaillant dans le noir. Un roman de ...more
Alice Poon
Mar 27, 2016 Alice Poon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This novel is in my view much more than a bildungsroman. Set in the Restoration Period (1814 – 1830) in France (i.e. the restoration of the Bourbon monarchy to power after the fall of Napoleon Bonaparte), it is a story of the social-climbing feats and two separate love pursuits of the lowborn protagonist Julien Sorel from a keen psycho-analytical perspective, threaded through a richly textured social and political fabric with a satirical undertone. This fabric, unique in a historical sense, refl
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Tempo de Ler
Jan 29, 2016 Tempo de Ler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
O Vermelho e o Negro é simultaneamente um romance sobre os trágicos amores de Julien Sorel e uma sátira sobre a sociedade em que este se insere.
"É preciso confessar que nasci com um carácter muito vulgar e muito infeliz"

Somos apresentados a esta personagem desde as suas origens provincianas; Verrières é uma cidadezinha odienta, cheia de falsidade e velhacaria, preocupada com o "rendimento". Uma cidade onde, como rapidamente nos apercebemos, Julien não se encaixa; abomina a sua terra, "tudo o que
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Stephen
Mar 15, 2015 Stephen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
There is a great set-piece where "our hero" Julien Sorel is seen among the clergy taking part in a dazzling spectacle to impress the lower classes of the French countryside with their power. Once a peasant himself he continues to move up the corporate ladder by having no firm convictions whatsoever. This roving spectacle produces one of Stendhal's many great lines: "A day like that undoes the work of a hundred issues of the Jacobin press." It is this aspect I enjoyed the most, the blending in of ...more
Chrissie
On completion:

No, I did not like this book. I disliked the intertwining of its two central themes, one being a criticism of French Bourbon society after the fall of Napoleon and the crazy, unbelievable love affairs. The writing becomes more and more absurd the further you progress into the novel. The language is old-fashioned, formal, complicated and wordy. I was bugged to no end by the excessive use of etcetera and etcetera over and over again. Perhaps that was a translation problem? I am not s
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Alp Turgut
Feb 18, 2016 Alp Turgut rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Klasik hikayesine rağmen Stendhal'ın karakter psikolojilerini tek kelimeyle harikulade bir şekilde okuyucuya sunmayı başardığı romanı "Le Rouge et le Noir / The Red and the Black / Kırmızı ve Siyah", Fransız edebiyatının yapı taşlarından biri olmakla beraber romantik Rus edebiyatına da yön vermiş eserlerden biri. Rahip adayı, yakışıklı, Voltaire ve Napoleon hayranı Julien Sorel'in Matmazel de La Mole ile Madam de Renal arasındaki aşk üçgeninde yaşanan sınıf, gurur, onur ve kibir savaşına tanıklı ...more
S©aP
Jun 20, 2012 S©aP rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Strabordante e bello. Ipnotico. A tratti incantevole. Datato ma universale. Alla fine delle 550 pagine (nella mia versione ppback), si avverte come un senso di sollievo, per la libertà riacquisita da te, lettore, e dai personaggi, affaticati e vinti. La vicenda è complessa e finita, senza strascichi o futuro. Una osservazione meticolosa te l'ha raccontata tutta, in ogni sfumatura e recesso. L'indiscrezione di cui hai potuto godere in posizione privilegiata ti ha tenuto avvinto alle pagine. Ma an ...more
Jonfaith
Mar 30, 2013 Jonfaith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My grandmother Stella lived north of here. I was closer to her than anyone in my family. She loved classic cinema and read voraciously albeit trashy gothic romances. After my grandfather passed away I tried with varying success to ensure that I was with her every Thanksgiving. It should be noted here that she was a terrible cook. Lacking all facility in the kitchen., she approached the culinary arts with an appropriate cynicism I adored immensely. An agreement was reached and rather than suffer ...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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