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The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal
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Nov 02, 2008

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bookshelves: 19th-century, french-fiction

This is something of an odd book. It was written incredibly quickly—over a period of about eight weeks—and so some of the plot elements are paced and introduced a little haphazardly, and the ending is more than a little rushed. Yet while it does have some events that have a tinge of nineteenth century melodrama to them, Stendhal's characters are written with a style, an irony and an observance that feels remarkably modern. It's definitely worth giving it a chance if you have a liking for early Victorian literature.

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