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The Charterhouse of Parma

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A swashbuckling masterpiece set in 19th-century Italy. It is renowned as one of the greatest French novels of all times. Brimming with adventure, romance, and political intrigue. It chronicles the exploits of Fabrizio del Dongo and his encounter with several fascinating individuals. Stendhal explores the whole spectrum of European history minutely. Illuminating and enthral ...more
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Published November 28th 2007 by ReadHowYouWant (first published 1839)
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Bill  Kerwin

Stendhal depicts both the amorous passion and the predilection for court intrigue present in the Italian character, yet he does this with an irony and a political analysis indisputably French, thereby producing not only a great realistic novel but a work which comments on the romantic novels that have gone before. And yet--here is the marvelous part--"The Charterhouse of Parma," for all its realism, is still an incredibly romantic novel, containing a battle, a duel, a knife fight, various disgui
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adam
Standard 19th century French novel? Not even close. This book defies almost every convention of the novel, and it was written before any of those conventions were even recognized! No hero, no heroine, no real plot; no morality lesson; Machiavellian politics for everyone; love doesn't conquer all; love doesn't even exist in this world until the main character gets locked away in prison for a womb-like nine months; a narrator who couldn't care less about the whole thing...this is so modern it hurt ...more
Christian
I picked this up last month because I'm a huge fan of The Red And The Black, easily one of my top five novels. Stendahl was a nineteenth century French satirist who bascially invented the realistic psychological novel, and The Red And The Black is a wicked black comedy about a cunning young priest who plots to become Pope, and his subsequent adventures in high society. Like I say I loved this book so I had high hopes for Charterhouse.

Unfortunately, in my opinion after a promising start this book
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Fahad
صومعة بارما

يقال أن ستاندال كتب هذه الرواية الضخمة في 52 يوماً فقط، كيف يمكن لأي كاتب أن يخلق عالماً روائياً مليئا هكذا في أقل من شهرين !! إنها لمعجزة حقيقية، جاك كرواك كتب (على الطريق) في ثلاثة أسابيع فقط، في المقابل كتب باموق (اسمي أحمر) في 10 سنوات، وكتب أنطونيو سكارميتا (ساعي بريد نيرودا) في 14 عاماً، إن الزمن الذي تستغرقه كتابة الرواية لا علاقة له بجودتها، ربما تبدو الرواية المكتوبة بسرعة، أقل إحكاماً، ولكنها مكتوبة بروح واحدة وباندفاع، بينما الرواية التي كتبت على مدى سنوات طويلة تبدو وكأن
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Bill
One of the best books I've read. Politics, action, humanism vs.conservatism, passion vs. lack of passion, lovers, rivals, extreme wealth and the values of aristocracy, all the characters with both good and bad actions and ways of thinking. Set in the autocratic monarchy of Parma in Italy between 1815 and 1830.

A fascinating exploration of what motivates people and how they act. The plot is held together by the stories of a brilliant, activist Duchess and her impetuous nephew, but includes many m
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mai ahmd


دير بارم الرواية التي أعجبت باموق وتحدث عنها في كتابه ألوان أخرى على أساس إنها من كتبه المفضلة والتي مازال يقرأ بها بين وقت وآخر ذلك أمر جذب اهتمامي وأحببت أن أتعرف على ماهية هذا الكتاب بل إنني حاولت أن أحبه مثله لكن لم استطع يبدو إننا لا نتشابه في الذائقة حسنا هي رواية كلاسيكية من الدرجة الأولى تدور أغلب أحداثها عن المؤامرات والدسائس التي تحدث في بلاط الأمراء ويذهب ضحيتها أبرياء وأحيانا ليسوا كذلك كما إنها تبرز دور المرأة وسلطتها وكيف تستطيع بجاذبيتها وأنوثتها أن تتحكم بمقاليد السلطة حين يقع رج
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Adam Dalva
A sprawling, sloppy, often-exhilarating read. It is an almost absolute middle point between Tom Jones (the handsome lead, the vignette-y style, the wonderful humor, the slapsticky regard for human life, the excess coincidences that characterize the early novel) and War and Peace, which it clearly influenced in its court/war split and its fascination with Napoleon.

It is too long by half - the scenes of intrigue in Parma are remarkably redundant - and has some messy threads that never really reso
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Szplug
Stendhal is a flat-out gifted storyteller, and The Charterhouse of Parma - though oddly named considering the relative unimportance of the title locale - is a marvelous mock-romantic, breezy swing through Napoleonic-era Italy and the perilous minefield of forbidden love. The opening chapters, wherein our young and noble hero, Fabrice del Dongo, endures a plenitude of provocations and humiliations during and after the infamous clash at Waterloo, are worth the price of the book in and of themselve ...more
David Lentz
I read this novel after finishing The Red and the Black, which I thought was the far better novel of the two. The scenes in which Fabrizio joins Napoleon's army at Waterloo really come to life and shine in the narrative of Stendahl, as he had been a soldier in battle for Napoleon during his lifetime. Fabrizio really is a bit too much of a narcissist and after a while, despite his handsome youth and intellect, I found myself tiring of him. He really made a number of knuckleheaded moves with his c ...more
Rosana
I don’t know what my expectations were, but certainly I never expected a soap-opera. A great soap-opera, though, that kept me intrigued by the most part.

I also did not expect the stream of consciousness, the lightness and the sense that Stendhal was breaking the writing rules, of his time and even of ours.

I cannot let go of the feeling that Stendhal would had been better under the guidance of a good editor. Some passages are too long, some are too short. Important information is thrown at us hid
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Salah Sameh
Yes ; it was ok !
A l`exception de quelques scènes qui m`ont plu (comme celle du Waterloo), je n`ai pas aimé ce roman comme ``Le Rouge et le Noir``. Mais quelle Différence ! Deux Protagonistes, Sorel et Fabrice, je me trouve attaché au premier, et, franchement, je n`ai pas aimé le dernier. J`ai aimé un peu sa Tante, Gina, avec tous ses efforts, ses contributions pour qu`il soit libre.
Je comprends bien que Stendhal a écrit ``La Chartreuse`` dans 52 jours seulement, mais ca, c`est sa faute, n`est p
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Sam
Despite how long it took me to finish, I got through the majority of this book pretty quickly. There was a point, a bit past the middle of the book, where it became really tedious to me, and I could only bring myself to read the same paragraph over and over whenever I attempted to pick it up again. I don't think it was really the book's fault; I got distracted by rekindled obsession with Huysmans and subsequently Flaubert, and this book just wasn't in the same vein of what I thought I wanted to ...more
Dan
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Alex
You know, this didn't really do it for me. I found myself describing it as a poor man's Count of Monte Cristo crossed with a poor man's Madame Bovary, but not as interesting as that makes it sound. There are some great scenes, but a lot of exposition in between; I just never felt completely drawn in. For a novel with as much plot as this has, I was rarely dying to know what happened next.

It's got a terrific battle scene in it, though, just this amazing picture of "Wait, are we fighting? Am I in
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Наталия Янева
Една от най-потресаващо скучните книги, които съм чела (да не звуча пресилено и да кажа "изобщо") от дълго време насам. Твърде помпозният, хаотичен, превъзнесен стил на Стендал се вихри с пълна сила. Спомням си, че и в "Червено и черно" имаше моменти, в които изпитвах подобна досада, но тук наистина ми беше неимоверно трудно да следя историята- а четенето на дебели книги не е нещо, което да не съм правила (четенето на класики- също). Твърде много безсмислени случки и описания, за които, в момент ...more
Kaylee
It's not often that I enjoy a book about a playboy who fights in battles, takes up religion because it's the easy track, and deals with the politics of court.

And yet... ahh, Stendhal, how I love your works.

The Charterhouse of Parma is full of the same sarcasm, comments on society, and "dark" humor that flavors his other works (The Red and the Black, anyone?). It's a splendid book all around: wonderfully written (translated beautifully in my opinion), full of characters that are wretched and piti
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Andrew
The Red and the Black is a stunning piece of work. Stendhal's a difficult writer, but the Red and the Black was, at times, this really fun soap opera.

I felt that way about certain parts of the Charterhouse of Parma. I liked the opening, where Fabrizio is joining up with Napoleon, and I loved the whole part where he was in the Farnese Tower and all the aftermath of that. Other than that, I have a lot of trouble with lengthy passages detailing courtly intrigue. Maybe I'm just a damaged human, my s
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Fionnuala
I read this looking for more atmosphere and details about the Napoleonic wars, having just read War and Peace in which Tolstoy does a wonderful job of conveying how Napoleon's Russian campaign was viewed by some sections of Russian society. The beginning of this novel was promising with descriptions of how the people of Milan and the surrounding area viewed the Napoleonic conquest but soon the author began a long and involved courtly love saga that might have belonged more in the twelfth century ...more
Hadrian
A fun and enjoyable read. Burned through this quite easily. Swordfights, duels, prisoner escapes. Not quite as masterly as The Red and the Black but still fun. Straddles the line somewhere between Romanticism and Realism, with its character depictions as well as the imagery.
Casey
It felt like this book went on and on forever! I preferred The Red and the Black more to Charterhouse of Parma.

Initially, the story starts with a lot of promise. It seems like it is going to be an entertaining romp with a clueless young hero. The scenes at the Battle of Waterloo were great - a very different comedic perspective than most novels.

However, instead of focusing solely on Fabrizio, it moves to his aunt Gina and Count Mosca, and their desire to climb the social ladder. The middle mean
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Lobstergirl

Stendhal wrote this novel in 52 days. It shows.

Beyond that issue, it's operatic and overly melodramatic. Lovers pining for each other for hundreds of pages. Court intrigues that are hard to follow because if there are several Counts and Princes, they will each be called "the prince" or "the Count" rather than their proper name. Never mind us...we're just trying to read here...

It's hard to take the measure of Stendhal's tone; for the first 300 pages I couldn't tell if he was being ironic or strai
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Amy
Finally finished this book. Tried to read it once before, several years ago, and never got through it (which is not like me--usually I stick with a book no matter if I like it or not). Really wanted to like it but just couldn't really get into it.

This is a book written by a French author in the 19th century, but the subject is actually Italy. The book jacket on my edition describes it as "Stendhal's epic tale of romance, adventure, and court intrigue set in early 19th century Italy". And yes, it
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Brian
Stendhal being a nom de plume, one is almost inclined to question whether The Charterhouse of Parma is written by the same Stendhal as The Red and the Black. The latter is a brilliant work of characterization and motivation, while the former falls flat. To be fair, the characters motivations are quite clear in The Charterhouse of Parma--perhaps too clear for a novel supposed to be steeped in intrigue--but the characters themselves are all quite one-dimensional, and this lack of depth makes it di ...more
Pamela
I admit it. I didn't finish. I read Le Rouge et le noir about two years ago, and while not exactly loving it, it was an enjoyable enough book. The final tableau, in particular, is striking and unforgettable. I honestly didn't know what to expect from Charterhouse, so I read a few things about it. Evidently it's very highly regarded by critics (which should have been my first clue--usually critics' picks are the ones I hate the most) and Balzac loved it.

Goodness. This is one of the slowest-movi
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Lea
This is a rich fast moving adventure-romance covering the lives of the two main characters - Gina and Fabrizio. It took me a while to get into it or have any patience with the gormless F who gallops off to war and was not even sure he fought in the real thing afterwards. He wants to love, and eventually does, constantly putting in danger those who love him with his constant rash stupitiy. I think he is a narcisist, as he gives little thought to the wellfare of others, including the one he eventu ...more
Radina Stamenova
I must admit I had a hard time going through the first third of the book as Fabrice seemed to me a very annoying character – too young, too stupid, too dependable on other people. Of course, that opinion remained unchanged till the end – if it wasn’t for his women, the Duchess Sanseverina and Clelia, he could’ve not been the hero of the novel, they are the real heroines actually. Really strong female characters and realistic presentation of the court with all its intrigues and schemes. Found Cle ...more
Snævar Hreinsson
This book took me a bit by surprise. Being that this was my first stab at Stendhal, maybe the name sent my expectations off course. Stendhal, being the pen name for Marie-Henri Beyle, has a scandinavian ring to it, but this is a far cry from the heavy handed literature you might expect from the likes of Hamsun.
The Charterhouse of Parma has strong overtones of Romantic literature, and in one sense reminds me of Goethe's The Sorrow's of Young Werther, but there is also more depth to this than fir
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Johann Guenther
STENDAL: „Die Kartause von Parma“, München 2009
Die meisten Romane haben eine Liebesgeschichte zum Thema. So auch dieses 1000 seitige Buch aus dem Beginn des 19. Jahrhunderts. Ein französischer Klassiker. Als Handlungsort dient die aristokratische Gesellschaft von Parma. Die Hauptperson ein junger Mann, der ein abwechslungsreiches, wenn nicht abenteuerliches Leben zeigt. Von der Teilnahme an der Schlacht in Waterloo, bei dem Napoleon, den er verehrt, verliert, bis hin zum Gefangenen und Erzbischo
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Annabelle
Un jeune aristocrate italien, Fabrice Del Dongo s'initie a la vie et surtout a l'amour par le biais de rocambolesques peripeties, sous les auspices de sa tante tout aussi grandiloquente (et un peu incestueuse): la belle Gina De l Dongo, Duchesse de Sanseverina a la cour de Parme.

Hormis les multiples references a la riche famile Farnese et la nature de "roman d'apprentissage" , le vrai sujet veritable de la Chartreuse de Parme est l'Italie ( De Naples au Lac de Come, de Parme a la campagne lombar
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Don
Lives and loves of courtiers in the Kingdom of Lombardy during the early 19th century. Served with heaping doses of irony and some quite humorous plot twists and scenes. Probably my weakness as a reader, but I did find it hard going at times. Had to read most pages at least twice to figure out how everything was fitting together. The Norwegian Book Clubs have it on their list of the 100 best books ever written and I will take them at their word. Apparently Balzac and Tolstoy were fans and it is ...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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