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Atala / René

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Chateaubriand was the giant of French literature in the early nineteenth century. Drawing on eighteenth-century English romanticists, on explorers in America, and on Goethe's Werther, he had a profound effect on French writers from Victor Hugo and Lamartine to George Sand and Flaubert. A quixotic and paradoxical personality, he combined impressive careers as a brilliant ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published January 1st 1952 by University of California Press (first published 1801)
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دوستانِ گرانقدر، پیش از این در ریویویی در موردِ داستانِ «رنه» برایتان نوشته بودم... داستان «آتالا» به نوعی متصل به همان داستان است... لذا بهتر است آن ریویو را بخوانید تا متوجه نوشته های این ریویو نیز بشوید
عزیزانم، هرچه داستانِ «رنه» زیبا و جذاب بود، این داستان مسخره و بی محتوا بود... گویی «شاتوبریان» تمام تلاشش این بوده که تبلیغ دین مسیحیت را به انجام رساند و پیروانِ مذهبِ هندو را وحشی و شیطان پرست خطاب کند و پیروان مسیحیت را خوب و پاک و همه چیز تمام بداند
داستان مربوط میشود به عشق و عاشقی و
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--Atala
--René

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Jacqueline Lima
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic, french
Chateaubriand desfez nesta obra a ideia que os Índios eram ignorantes e selvagens. É uma espécie de estudo antropo-literario.
Yann
Sep 05, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: france, xixème, usa, fiction
Atala et René ont deux fictions écrites par Chateaubriand au début du XIXème siècle. Elles prennent place dans ce qui était encore récemment l'Amérique française, avant que l'Empire n'en fasse la vente aux jeunes Etats-Unis d'Amérique. Ces contrées sauvages étaient le territoire des Creeks, avec lesquels les français vivaient plutôt en bonne intelligence grâce au commerce lucratif des castors, dont on faisait des fourrures et des parfums. Ces deux histoires ont piqué ma curiosité sur cet épisode ...more
Amber Sweat
Jan 06, 2016 rated it did not like it
this book was bad and chateaubriand should feel bad
Silvery
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
0,4 estrellas

Atala: 04 estrellas

René :3,9 estrellas


Atala, ou les Amours de deux sauvages dans le désert (Atala, o los Amores de dos salvajes por el desierto) y René.


Chateaubriand rebosa lirismo y espiritualidad. Se le considera la primera novela romántica. . En 1802 tanto Atala como René fueron publicados como parte de Génie du christianisme (Genio del cristianismo).



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قصة رينه وأتالا هاتين الروايتين هما متلازمتان معًا بخيط دقيق. لكنهما يظهران لنا في النسخة العربية ملحق بهما "رواية آخر بني سراج" ضمن الكتاب.. كلا القصتين هى عن التحول وعن العودة بعد التحول.. ففي الأولى (أتالا) تلفظ الغابة العاشق (المتوحش النبيل) نحو المدنية / الحضارة، وفي (رنينه) يعود العاشق (المتوحش النبيل) الذي لم يأنس بالمدنية والحضارة للغابة من جديد بعد أن حن لجذوره من جديد، وكلا الروايتين تتلاقى مع رواية آخر بني سراج التي تحكي قصة (الموريسكي) الذي يرغب في العودة لجذوره في الأندلس التي
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Quentin Crisp
Sep 28, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
I got to page 36 of this book and decided that I might as well spend time staring at a wall as reading the rest.

The name 'Chateaubriand' has a certain ring to it, and I find it, as it were, intoned with a kind of reverence here and there. Huysmans, one of my favourite writers, is said by one critic to be to Chateaubriand as a toad is to a nightingale. If this book is anything to judge by, I must suppose that critic had cardboard for brains.

This isn't so much in the 'noble savage' genre as the
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kler
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Je mets en vérité 2,5 à cette lecture car je suis très divisée. Pour commencer par le positif: Chateaubriand a une plume absolument exceptionnelle, il a réussi à me faire voyager au sein des paysages états-uniens de l'époque (en y ajoutant une touche de fantastique dans le récit d'Atala); en clair, on a vraiment la sensation d'y être. On ressent aussi parfaitement les émotions des personnages et ses récits sont des poésies. Cependant, ce n'est pas une lecture facile! Personnellement, je trouve ...more
Michael David
Feb 01, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am not averse to religious literature or to Christian literature. In fact, I've read Christian literature for the better part of last year. Despite the fact that Chateaubriand was one of the fathers of romanticism, however, I found his two novellas to be unimpressive. The primary reason was that he bathed words with honeyed excess and obstreperous bathos.

Did the previous sentence irk you?

If it did, then we're on the same boat. I myself, after being berated by my English professor, plugged up
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Metin Yılmaz
Jun 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
Değişik bir konu diye düşünmüştüm fakat sonradan normal bir sıradanlıktan öteye gidiyor. Sıkıcı bir hal almasının yanı sıra misyonerlik rolüne soyunması ve bunu kötü bir çeviri ile Türkçe dilinde yapması kitabı daha tuhaf bir hale sokuyor. Sonlara doğru bitmesi için büyük efor sarfettim.
Louis-Olivier Major
Dec 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Il y a de ces auteurs où l'on se dit : « Cette phrase, j'aurais pu l'écrire! ». Chateaubriand n'est pas de ces auteurs. Voyez : « Il y a toujours quelques points par où deux cœurs ne se touchent pas, et ces points suffisent à la longue pour rendre la vie insupportable ».

Rien d'étonnant à ce que Hugo ait dit un jour : « Je veux être Chateaubriand ou rien du tout! ». Quelle plume!

Atala, apologie du christianisme, provoque des envies de conversion spontanée. L'intervention du père Aubry est si
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Levas
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: all people
The writer most likely wanted to show the incomprehension of Atal's wild indian versus the Christian God, for she says:"..even now, when I am immediately down to eternity when I stand before the cruel Judge,...". The author very convincingly describes the coming of God to the Holy Ostia during the Christian liturgical rites in the abundance of nature...
In the work of Rene, the author very accurately reveals the end of the ghost, surrounded by the spirit of the romantic satirist, since sooner or
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James Violand
Jun 17, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Unbridled sentimentality. Question: Can you feel a teardrop on your knee while under a tree in a hurricane? Does northern Florida have a mountain range that scrapes the sky? The obvious answers illustrate Chateaubriand’s beyond-the-pale romanticism. Both novellas should be avoided.
Matthew
Aug 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Father Souël's denouncement of René's Wertherism was kind of cathartic. If you had to choose between reading René or Goethe's The Sorrows of Young Werther for your fix of world weariness or sentimentality, I'd go with the German.
Swann Polydor
Feb 09, 2018 rated it liked it
J'ai appris à mes dépens qu'un Chateaubriand ça se doit d'être lu à voix haute sur un ton à la limite du divin. Le style est vraiment très bon, les constructions de phrases incroyables, par contre l'histoire en elle-même est somme toute assez chiante.
Lorraine
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
The dominant and relentlessly Catholic perspective robs this of any insights as philosophy.
Arvin Pamplona
Jun 08, 2017 rated it liked it
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Stefano
El libro a veces aburre bastante, pero de vez en cuando hay destellos que se dejan reflejar en la literatura francesa que vino después de este autor.
Elise
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
I always find these short old stories to be sort of strange. But it was fine.
Kevin
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Only those of limited vision can hate men and life. Look a little farther and you will be convinced that all those griefs about which you complain are absolutely nothing."
Alethleia
Mar 13, 2017 rated it liked it
"Yo veo en ti al hombre civilizado que se ha hecho salvaje, y tú ves en mí al hombre salvaje, a quien el Gran Espíritu (ignoro por qué designios) ha querido civilizar."
Aurélie Knit & Read
Je n'avais jamais lu Chateaubriand, donc totale découverte... et je n'ai pas vraiment accroché.
La plume est très belle (quoique je lui préfère celle d'Hugo, par exemple), mais j'ai eu quelques soucis avec le fond, notamment l'apologie constante du Christianisme : cela a beau être le début du XIXe siècle, c'est too much, obséquieux et pontifiant à souhait. Définitivement pas mon truc.
Atala m'a beaucoup ennuyée. En revanche, j'ai apprécié, dans René, la description des tiraillements intérieurs du
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Pavel
Jan 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
This book was hard to swallow. Chateaubriand warns readers in advance: “If I do not affect the heart, I shall raise a smile.” Maiden addressing a prisoner as "poor young idolater" and "young handsome captive". Pagan seeing a priest celebrating mass and crying out: "O the charm of religion! O the magnificence of Christian worship!" Passionate savages, weeping and fainting heroes, noble hermit surrounded in his grotto by supernatural radiance, moonlit cemeteries.
But all this pales in comparison
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Sergio
La giovanissima Atala, figlia di un capo indiano della feroce tribù dei Muscogulgi, ha votato la sua vita alla purezza e alla verginità giurandolo alla madre morente in presenza di un religioso cattolico: ma l'incontro con il giovane guerriero Chactas fa vacillare il suo giuramento e per un attimo si illude di poter realizzare il suo sogno d'amore e venir meno al patto... Questo racconto di Chateaubriand, intriso di pessimismo e di tragedia, così come il successivo René, racconto autobiografico ...more
globulon
Jul 10, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own, fiction
I prefered 'Atala' to 'Rene' but both were nicely written, at least in the translation I read. I would like to read it in French. While the author is very Catholic, I found it compelling for the most part, presented as a very human religion. The figure of Father Aubry is very compassionate while at the same time advocating a serious attempt to overcome or restrain the "passions". I saw a lot of similarity with Bhuddism in this. I can also see why Chateaubriand is considered an important source ...more
David Bonesteel
May 18, 2013 rated it did not like it
Chateaubriand's two novellas about the comforts of Christianity and tortured souls in conflict with society inspired the early Romantic writers. It was something new under the sun at the time and many contemporaries felt it was a powerful expression of the discontent felt by many. However, time has not been kind and to these modern eyes "Rene" is a nearly unreadable chronicle of moping aristocrats who feel they have plumbed the depths of despair. "Atala" is even worse, adding a heaping dose of ...more
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تأليف الفيكونت دوشاتوبريان - François-René de Chateaubriand
قصة رينه وأتالا هاتين الروايتين هما متلازمتان معًا بخيط دقيق. لكنهما يظهران لنا في النسخة العربية ملحق بهما "رواية آخر بني سراج" ضمن الكتاب.. كلا القصتين هى عن التحول وعن العودة بعد التحول.. ففي الأولى (أتالا) تلفظ الغابة العاشق (المتوحش النبيل) نحو المدنية / الحضارة، وفي (رنينه) يعود العاشق (المتوحش النبيل) الذي لم يأنس بالمدنية والحضارة للغابة من جديد بعد أن حن لجذوره من جديد، وكلا الروايتين تتلاقى مع رواية آخر بني سراج التي تحكي قصة
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David B
Nov 14, 2013 rated it did not like it
Chateaubriand's two novellas about the comforts of Christianity and tortured souls in conflict with society inspired the early Romantic writers. It was something new under the sun at the time and many contemporaries felt it was a powerful expression of the discontent felt by many. However, time has not been kind and to these modern eyes "Rene" is a nearly unreadable chronicle of moping aristocrats who feel they have plumbed the depths of despair. "Atala" is even worse, adding a heaping dose of ...more
Chet Herbert
René, one of the ultimate Emo books, marks the beginning of the French Romantic movement and is akin to Goethe's The Sorrows of Young Werther, Lord Byron's Childe Harold's Pilgrimage and Alfred de Musset's La Confession d'un enfant du siècle. Atala is beautiful in its descriptive elegance and, despite Chateaubriand's intentions, to me is an effective critique against rigid and blind allegiance to Christian religiosity.
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François-René, vicomte de Chateaubriand was a French writer, politician and diplomat. He is considered the founder of Romanticism in French literature.

He has also been mistakenly given the forename François-Auguste in an 1811 edition, but signed all his worked as just Chateaubriand or M. le vicomte de Chateaubriand.
“But instead of this peace which I dared to expect, what anguish has weighed down my days! To become the perpetual plaything of fortune, dashed against every strand, long exiled from my country, and finding on my return only a cabin in ruins and friends the grave -- such was to be the fate of Chactas.” 0 likes
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