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The Red and the Black by Stendhal
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Oct 24, 13

bookshelves: historical-fiction, on-hand, currently-reading, modern-literature, one-dollar
Read from February 20 to May 28, 2013 — I own a copy, read count: 1

It may have been revolutionary (so to speak) for it's time, but I found it a bit of a tedious pot-boiler. Not to mention that, so far as I can tell, this particular translation (that by Horace Samuel) is execrable, which may well explain having found dozens of copies in the dollar cut-out bin. If I can stand to do so, I may come back to this review later with some particularly perplexing turns of phrase. Nevertheless, I will most likely attempt the Moncrieff translation of The Charterhouse of Parma , and hope thereby to get a better sense of my real opinion of Stendhal, and in the process perhaps better prepare myself for the eventual assault on Proust.
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Quotes Keith Liked

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“I will never demean myself to speak about my courage," said Julien, coldly, "it would be mean to do so. Let the world judge by the facts.”
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“The idea which tyrants find most useful is the idea of God.”
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“I think being condemned to death is the only real distinction," said Mathilde. "It is the only thing which cannot be bought.”
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“Each man for himself in that desert of egoism which is called life.”
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“Could anything possibly be more humorous than believing in the depth or in the depravity of the Parisian character?”
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“Oh, if there were only a true religion. Fool that I am, I see a Gothic cathedral and venerable stained-glass windows, and my weak heart conjures up the priest to fit the scene. My soul would understand him, my soul has need of him. I only find a nincompoop with dirty hair.”
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“Chélan had acted as imprudently for Julien as he had for himself. He had given him the habit of reasoning correctly, and of not being put off by empty words, but he had neglected to tell him that this habit was a crime in the person of no importance, since every piece of logical reasoning is offensive.”
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Reading Progress

02/22/2013 page 26
6.0% "VI. Ennui"
03/04/2013 page 40
9.0% "VIII. Little Episodes"
03/20/2013 page 65
15.0% "XIV. The English Scissors (as of 3/13)"
03/27/2013 page 75
18.0% "XVII. The First Deputy"
04/01/2013 page 91
21.0% "XIX. Thinking Produces Suffering"
04/13/2013 page 137
32.0% "XXV. The Seminary"
04/18/2013 page 153
36.0% "XXVII. A Procession"
04/24/2013 page 178
42.0% "XXX. An Ambitious Man"
05/01/2013 page 219
52.0% "XXXVII. An Attack of Gout"
05/07/2013 page 264
63.0% "XLV. Is It a Plot?"
05/13/2013 page 299
71.0% "LII. The Discussion"
05/23/2013 page 335
80.0% "LXI. Frighten Her"

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