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Set in France, this is a novel of life under the July Monarchy. The hero, Lucien Leuwen, is expelled from the Ecole Polytechnique when suspected of harbouring Republican sympathies. This unfinished work, is one of the most important 19th century French political novels.
Paperback, Penguin Classics, 560 pages
Published January 31st 1991 by Penguin Books Ltd (first published 1894)
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James
Book II, The Telegraph, is incredible. It gives an unflinching account of politics in 19th Century France - drawn in part from Stendhal's first-hand experiences. This tale of corruption in high places is just as relevant today.

The novel is closer to Charterhouse of Parma than the Red and the Black. It is an unfinished novel, so not the best introduction to Stendhal. But it is a rare treat for admirers of Stendhal or other authors of the period.
Howard Olsen
This is an "unfinished" book; but, if you are a Stendhal fan, that should not stop you from reading this. In fact, if you love "The Red & The Black," you will definitely want to read this, as it is quite similar to that work. Like The R&B, this book is set during the Bourbon Restoration, when the "boirgeoise" Louise-Phillippe sat on the throne. Like The R&B this book is divided in two parts, with one set in the provinces (Lorraine, in this case), and the other set in Paris. And like...more
Frank
My god, how can anyone finish this. The Dutch translation, in this case, didn't help: I had the impression it made Stendhal's relatively light and ironic style heavy-handed and lumbering. But even so, I can't see how this qualifies as a successful novel. It's more a series of scenes intended to depict the political vileness of contemporary (for Stendhal) French life. It has little or no narrative drive. The first half (near 300 pages) are taken up by a love affair with little plot or anything el...more
Charles Baudelaire
Stenhal is probably my fav. French writer...If you can find a copy of this...there's nothing finer...
Mazel
offert par Alain - lectures communes sur le forum Grain de Sel...

Quatrième de couverture :
Lucien, c'est Stendhal tel qu'il aurait aimé être (pourvu d'un père riche et brillant, protecteur puissant, tendre, infatigable : polytechnicien, puis important fonctionnaire du ministère de l'Intérieur) et tel qu'il a été, républicain d'abord, puis rallié sans illusions à la monarchie de juillet, amoureux d'une femme jolie, intelligente et qui l'aime aussi.
Lucien Leuwen, c'est un roman d'amour aux pages fi...more
Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here in July 2001.

Stendhal's famous novels, The Red and the Black and The Charterhouse of Parma, are accompanied by a set of uncompleted projects, of which Lucien Leuwen is the longest and most complete. Two parts were written, requiring only final editing, and a third was projected before the likelihood that the French censor would ban publication led Stendhal to abandon the project.

What is different about Lucien Leuwen that would have made the censor sit up and...more
Dirk Buken
Hermann Hesse beschrieb diesen Roman als ein "herbes, zum Teil sogar gequältes Buch". Dies ist sicher nicht richtig. Das Buch ist vielmehr eine gelungene Satire auf das Juste milieu. Der Roman ist Fragment geblieben. Das merkt man und viele Ecken und Kanten an dem Roman lassen sich damit erklären, dass Stendhal eben nicht letzte Hand anlegen und den Rohdiamanten zu einem Juwel vergleichbar mit "Rot und Schwarz" schleifen konnte. Insbes. an den sehr künstlichen Psychogrammen seiner Figuren wird d...more
Alejandra Figueroa
Pese a que se la he recomendado mucho a mis conocidos pocos me hacen caso, no sólo es un libro difícil de encontrar sino que a muchos los desanima el que sea una obra incompleta de Stendhal, además su fuerte contenido costumbrista/político desanima a otros tantos. Pero es un libro encantador, me ha llamado particularmente la atención la dualidad que atraviesa a nuestro héroe, una dualidad casi que irreconciliable para él entre sus ideas progresistas, repúblicanas, su sincero deseo por la emancip...more
Czarny Pies
Aug 30, 2014 Czarny Pies rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Les gens qui ont le talent d'apprecier les oevures inacheves
Recommended to Czarny by: Je suis un grand amateur de Stendhal
Shelves: french-lit
C'est un roman inacheve qui decrivent brillament les intrigues politiques de la Restauration Bourbon. Pourtant J'ai ete tres decu quand le texte s'est termine car je ne savais pas ou Stendhal voulait aller. C'est donc une tres longue lecture qui n'offrent pas de conclusions.

Si vous n'avez pas beson d'arriver au terminus afin de gouter les plaisirs du voyage, Lucien Leuwen peut vous plaire. Je n'en suis pas capable.
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Unfinished Novel 1 7 Dec 09, 2007 09:14AM  
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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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