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The Confession of a Child of the Century

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Inspired by his scandalous real-life affair with the flamboyant woman who called herself George Sand, Alfred de Musset's Confession is a searingly honest, passionate account of a young man's rite of passage. It tells the story of Octave, desperate to be more than an 'average man', who searches for happiness first as a debauched libertine, until his mistress Elise is unfait ...more
Paperback, Penguin Classics, 275 pages
Published May 30th 2013 by Penguin Books Ltd (first published 1836)
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Yann
Jul 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ô insensés qui vous croyez des hommes et osez raisonner de l'amour, l'avez-vous vu pour en parler? Non, vous l'avez senti. Vous avez échangé un regard avec un être inconnu qui passait, et tout à coup il s'est envolé de vous je ne sais quoi qui n'a pas de nom. Vous avez pris racine en terre, comme le grain caché dans l'herbe qui sent que la vie le soulève, et qu'il va devenir une moisson.

Alfred de Musset(1810-1857), est un poète français du début du dix-neuvième siècle. Dans la Confession d'un en
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AGamarra
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: clásicos, francia
"Un mes después (del parto), la encontramos en las Tullerías, en el baile, en la ópera; su hijo está en Chaillot, en Auxerre; su marido, en el lupanar. Diez jóvenes le hablan de amor, de afecto, de simpatía, de besos eternos, de todo lo que ella tiene en el corazón. Escoge a uno, lo estrecha entre sus brazos; él la deshonra, da media vuelta y se va a la Bolsa. Ahora ya está lanzada; llora una noche y se percata que las lagrimas enrojecen sus ojos. Escoge a otro que la consuele; de la pérdida de ...more
Nuno
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La Confession d'un enfant du siècle - em português: A Confissão de um Filho do Século - é um dos romances mais conhecidos de Musset, sendo ainda uma obra bastante importante para o Romantismo francês. Nunca fui grande admirador da escrita romântica, a não ser que seja um romantismo mais tardio, de cunho social, à maneira de Victor Hugo. As paixões intensas e os devaneios românticos nunca foram a minha "música" predileta, ainda que o Romantismo seja extremamente importante.

Este livro de Musset
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Maan Kawas
Mar 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very beautiful book that you cannot leave until you reach the last page. Although it is a sad one, but the deep psychological depiction of human conflicting inner forces (i.e. thought and emotions)was done in uniquely beautiful way by a creative person. With my background in psychology, I felt that in this book Musset was highly skillful in describing a person's faulty ways of thinking (e.g. predicting future, catastrophizing, emotional reasining, and white and black way of looking at things). ...more
Adriana Scarpin
A primeira metade do livro é maçante, mas a segunda metade é empolgante, tanto que você sente vontade de degolar o narrador. Rá! Agora só me resta ler o ponto de vista da George Sand para essa história.
Khadija Maqableh
Jul 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: روايات
يبدو أن البشرية كتبت تاريخها ذات مرة، وما انفكت إلى الآن تجتره بتنويعات عديدة.
كتبت هذه الرواية في مرحلة وقفت فيها أوربا منهكة على جثة هامدة خلفتها الحروب والنزاعات، وقد تم نشرها عام 1836 وقد بلغ دي موسيه السادسة والعشرين من العمر، منطقًا بطله (أوكتاف) باعترافات لا تحيل إلى الذنوب بقدر ما تحيل إلى الأدواء والعلل والصراعات التي انطوت عليها سريرته وعلى شدة التشابه بين أحداثها وأحداث حياة مؤلفها نفسه فإنه لزام علينا أن نتاولها بوصفها رواية لا سيرة ذاتية؛ فلا المسمى يسمح لنا ولا المعالجة ولا حتى التف
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Alex Sarll
The opening chapters are a sweeping vision of the early nineteenth century, a grand statement of the zeitgeist to rival Gautier - ending in the heartbreaking and terribly contemporary notion of a generation who've lost the consolations of the past without yet being offered the rewards of the future. The brief closing chapter is a beautifully understated farewell. But between the two lie such a farrago of Red Pill whining, melodramatic mope and general shitty boyfriend behaviour as to make for ve ...more
Octavio
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
«La verdad, esqueleto vestido por las apariencias, quiere que todos los hombres, en determinados día y hora, toquen sus huesos en el fondo de cualquier llaga pasajera. A esto se llama conocer el mundo, y la experiencia se adquiere a este precio. Ahora bien: sucede que algunos, ante la prueba, retroceden espantados; otros, débiles y asustadizos, permanecen vacilantes; otras criaturas, quizá las más perfectas, mueren al tocar la realidad; pero el mayor número olvida; y todos, unos y otros, se deja ...more
DianeBai
"Ses lèvres entrouvertes tombèrent sur les miennes et l'univers fut oublié".

Musset et Sand se rencontrent en juin 1833, deviennent amants en juillet et partent pour l'Italie en décembre.
C'est là qu'en janvier 1834 se noue "le drame de Venise":
George la première tombe malade, suivie d'Alfred, dont bientôt la vie est en danger.

À la mi-février, pendant qu'Alfred alité délire et râle, George devient la maîtresse du médecin.
Sand et Musset se séparent, et ce dernier, rentré seul à Paris, décide d'éc
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Charlotte
Seven months later, I've finished it.
Alejandro Teruel
Novela escrita por Musset a los 26 años en 1836 que traza la vida pasional del narrador y protagonista, Octavio de T... de los 19 a los 23 años. Vilmente engañado por su amante a los 19, por despecho el protagonista desciende al libertinaje. La muerte de su padre lo lleva al campo donde parece desintoxicarse y conoce a Brigitte, una joven viuda mayor que él, de quien se enamora perdidamente y de la que eventualmente se hace amante. Sin embargo la nueva relación resulta sumamente tormentosa a med ...more
Simona B
May 14, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1800, in-italian
"Un gradino in più o in meno è ben poca cosa su quella grande scala marcita che è l'imperfezione umana."

Sono partita con grandi speranze, e credo che questo non sia stato totalmente un male. Primo e secondo capitolo mi hanno convinta di essere davanti ad un capolavoro, ma purtroppo non e sempre vero che il buongiorno si vede dal mattino, e proseguendo il mio entusiasmo, pur non spegnendosi del tutto, è molto calato, mentre negli ultimi capitoli è stato maltratto, oltraggiato e poi estinto a secc
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Keith Duquette
Sep 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Musset like many in the romantic movement was a figure who battled his demons. Though this is a testament and account of Musset's own hedonism, libertinism, and failed love affairs it also serves as a social critique of it's time. Le Mal Du Siecle(The Malady of The Century) or a romantic sense of Ennui gave rise to a young writer's anxiety and apathy. What may still seem pertinent in this work is that youth culture and creative individuals of the nineteenth century struggled with their sense of ...more
Dominique
Mar 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first novel written in the full swing of Romanticism that I actually liked. Before I had always thought of Romanticism as this kind of annoying, vacuous, teenagish, flowery crap of hyperbole and self-indulgence. This book, instead, unveiled the tension of minds trying desperately to grasp how you can intellectually assign meaning to every emotion and what a frantic enterprise that becomes. Strangely enough, far from emotional I found this book (and all the correspondence I've been reading ar ...more
Blanche
3,5/5

Je pense que ce livre mérite une seconde lecture, et surtout une lecture croisée avec Elle et lui de Sand. J'ai beaucoup aimé l'écriture de Musset, c'est très XIXe, très "typique" finalement (ce qui veut tout et rien dire). Le roman rend compte avec clarté et efficacité du malaise d'une génération, en perte de repères, perte de valeurs, recherche de nouveaux modèles. C'est romantique, il faut aimer.

Par contre, j'ai détesté le narrateur. Vraiment, Octave, quelle tête à claques. On rencontre
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Līva Kukle
Aug 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh some good old existential dread in the form of 19th century French aristocracy.
Helynne
Alfred de Musset's 1836, semi-fictionalized self-portrait Confession d'un Enfant du Siècle and Ron Kovic's 1976 Born on the Fourth of July can be compared as two cruelly lucid accounts of individuals who have fallen victim to this disillusionment as they face the stress placed on their generations due to the sudden shifts in values that their different societies thrust upon them.
In each man's respective account of a certain portion of his life at about age 20, his story is highly personal. In
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Sophie
The way this novel started was astounding. I had to stop every other minute to write down a quotation or two. This is so well-written, I can't even tell you how much. But - since there's always a but, when Octave met Brigitte, things started to get sort of meh. Don't get me wrong, love is cool and toxic relationships are always nice to read about because they make you reflect on things and they give all the feels. But here, it wasn't the case at all. It may be due to the fact that the story is p ...more
Rhiannon
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Happy to have read a French book, as it's been a while, but I didn't enjoy it much. It's an account of a love affair, ostensibly based on de Musset's affair with George Sand. His character, Octave, is a petty, jealous, paranoid, abusive, needy child with a serious case of the Madonna/whore complex. It was quite painful to read each cycle of adoration and destruction. If reality was anything like this emotionally abusive relationship, it's truly amazing that she stayed for almost two years. Jeepe ...more
Brian
Mar 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Memoir of a rich libertine in 19th century France. The passion and mood swings of the author, from louche playboy to devoted lover to magnificent bastard (and more!) stretch the bounds of credibility, at least for this Canadian.
Neverweres
3.5

Un chef d'oeuvre, sans aucun doute, mais qui demande du travail de la part des lecteurs. La lecture n'est pas facile, le personnage insupportable. Malgré tout, le livre reste magnifique.
Victoria Toncheva
"- Случва се понякога да бъдеш по-стар от лицето си.
- Да - отговори тя засмяно, - случва се също да бъдеш по-млад от думите си"
Emily
Jul 29, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting point of view of the narrator upon his society and "hte disease of the century". However, way too Romantic, plaintive, introspective. Too many metaphores and images as well.
Manon
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
La passion de l'amour qui devient une obsession d'un enfant terrible. Quoi dire en plus? De nos jours ça se manque.
Negar
Jun 08, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
آن کس که روزی در بامداد خنک، در بحبوحه ی قوای جوانی، با گام های آرام از خانه ای بیرون می آید، در حالی که دست محبوبی درِ پنهانی آن خانه را در قفایش می بندد، آن کسی که بی هدف در کوچه و خیابان قدم می زند و بیشه ها و دشت ها را نگاه می کند، آن کسی که از میدان روستا می گذرد و متوجه نمی شود که مردم با وی سخن می گویند، آن کسی که در محلی دور افتاده تنها می نشیند و بی دلیل گاهی می خندد، و زمانی می گرید، آن کسی که دست های خود را بر صورت می نهد تا بقایای عطر محبوبی را ببوید، آن کسی که ناگهان فراموش می کند ک ...more
Matrou
Dec 10, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
L'écriture est très bien, certains récits sont magnifiques (notamment la tentative de sauvetage d'un noyé) mais pourquoi prendre un personnage principal aussi abject. Il arrive à changer ses certitudes 3 fois en une seule page, ce n'est pas virevoltant c'est juste chiant. De plus, voir un homme faire autant de mal à une femme à chaque page, ça n'est pas du romantisme mais du harcèlement moral. Bel-ami ou Sorel n'étaient pas geignard mais charmant. L'hypothèse de son suicide m'a réconforté et on ...more
Peter
Chapter one of part one makes an arresting and brief claim, namely that the author seems to be proceeding with a biographical text but isn't, intended for an afflicted audience that may not be capable of learning and heeding its message, however, the author very much did, and, by implication is good to go.

There's an interesting separation of author from principal character to interpret and process, and at p232, there are twenty-one instances of I, and on the pages that follow, the narrative-argu
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Svetlana
Jun 04, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Гон, гон, и еще раз гон. Напыщенный, самодовольный, с претензией на литературность и т.д. и т.п. В общем, совершенно не советую никому, даже любительницам женских романов. Отвратительные, штампованные метафоры, претензия на какую-то высокоинтеллектуальность – ничего за этим нет, все пустое, совершенно пустое. Про молодого человека, так сказать распутника, которого обманула первая любовница и он издевался над второй…  В общем, не читайте )

Effie
May 22, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Non concepivo che si potesse mentire in amore. Ero un ragazzo, allora, ma confesso che ancora non sono riuscito a capirlo. Tutte le volte che mi sono innamorato di una donna glielo ho detto; ma ogni volta che ho cessato di amarla glielo ho detto con la stessa sincerità, essendo stato sempre dell'idea che, in questo genere di cose, la nostra volontà non può niente e che l'unica colpa sta nella menzogna.
tess75
Globalement, j'ai bien aimé. Certains passages sont très intéressants, d'autre un peu moins.
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Alfred Louis Charles de Musset-Pathay (11 December 1810 – 2 May 1857) was a French dramatist, poet, and novelist. Along with his poetry, he is known for writing La Confession d'un enfant du siècle (The Confession of a Child of the Century, autobiographical) from 1836.
Musset was born on 11 December 1810 in Paris. His family was upper-class but poor and his father worked in various key government po
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