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Au rouge des armes, Julien Sorel préfèrera le noir des ordres. Au cours de son ascension sociale, deux femmes se singularisent, comme pour figurer les deux penchants de son caractère : Madame de Rênal - le rêve, l'aspiration à un bonheur pur et simple - et Mathilde de La Mole - l'énergie, l'action brillante et fébrile. A ces composantes stendhaliennes (conception de la vie ...more
Paperback, texte intégral, 669 pages
Published December 28th 2001 by Larousse (first published 1830)
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Manny
Nov 25, 2008 Manny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was taking the train from Geneva to Grenoble, one of the most beautiful routes in the world, and I was reading Le Rouge et le Noir for the second time. I hadn't picked the book because I was visiting Grenoble, it just worked out that way. I was alone in the compartment; it was one of those old-fashioned carriages which still had compartments.

At the fifth or sixth stop, the door opened, and a young woman entered carrying a lot of heavy luggage. She asked me, in French, if I'd mind helping her p
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Jeffrey Keeten
Mar 21, 2013 Jeffrey Keeten rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-french
”Nothing can distinguish a man as a death sentence,” thought Mathilde. “It’s the only thing one can’t buy.”

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Julien Sorel was a young man with an audacious intellect. Such a gift can be a great resource that can be exploited for financial gain or it can be a burden that keeps a person in perpetual misery. Sorel, the hero of our story, experiences both the wonders and the loneliness that sometimes goes hand in hand with being too aware to accept fate without attempting to manipulate a better futur
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Dolors
Apr 28, 2013 Dolors rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Skeptics and believers
Recommended to Dolors by: Emilie
Shelves: read-in-2015
The Red and the Black draws a colorful mosaic about the required hypocrisy to climb the ladder of social status in the France of the July Revolution.
Chronicled by an omniscient narrator, who meets every requisite to be Stendhal himself, the reader follows the story of Julien Sorel, a young man of humble origins whose only ambition is to ascend in the social hierarchy in a world still dominated by the Machiavellian politicking of the clergy and the nobility after the downfall of the Emperor.
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Quinn Slobodian
Dec 02, 2007 Quinn Slobodian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a book about the dangers of reading. The novel's characters are seduced by ideas, poetic gestures, tragic endings, narratives they might inhabit and soon find themselves enslaved to them, marching lockstep in the footprints of characters whose stories they've read. Stendhal obviously takes pleasure in his position as most recent seducer of the book's reader and he sugar-coats his narrative pills just enough that it's only later, with the feeling of slight corrosion in your stomach, that you ...more
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معمولاً وقتی اسم رمان های کلاسیک میاد، آدم احساس میکنه باید منتظر یه اثر دراز و خسته کننده باشه، پر از آدمایی که عصا قورت دادن و راجع به اخلاقیات و قضایای کلی حکم صادر میکنن. شرمنده، این رمان هم همین طوریه!
ولی خب، از حق نگذریم، همین مسائل رو، کمابیش ضمن داستان خوبی مطرح کرده. هر چند یه مقداری میشد پریشانی و اضطراب داستان کمتر بشه، ولی میشه شخصیت ها رو دوست داشت. خیلیاشون ملموسن.
K.D. Absolutely
Jan 16, 2013 K.D. Absolutely rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006-2012)
I just finished watching the latest movie adaptation of Les Miserables and there is a song there about Red and Black. I got excited because both Les Miserables and this book Scarlet and Black also known as Red and Black were both written by French novelists and set in the 19th century France. So, when I heard the song being sung by those young actors in Les Miz I said so that's the other meaning of those colors!
lesmiserables♪♫♪Red - the blood of angry men!
Black - the dark of ages past!
Red - a world about to
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Το Άσχημο Ρύζι Καρολίνα
Πόσο με μπέρδεψε αυτό το βιβλίο! Χωρίς αμφιβολία το βρήκα αριστουργηματικό, αλλά αναρωτιέμαι, αν πρόκειται για σάτιρα των ηθών του 19ου αιώνα και δη της εποχής της Παλινόρθωσης των Βουρβόνων (1814 – 1830) ή αν είναι μια αλληγορία για τους Ναπολεόντιους χρόνους που προηγήθηκαν, αν είναι ένα ρομαντικό ή κοινωνικό - ρεαλιστικό μυθιστόρημα, δεν κατάλαβα καν ποια είναι η αληθινή κοσμοθεωρία του συγγραφέα. Είναι ένα βιβλίο που πολύ εύκολα μπορεί να παγιδέψει τον αναγνώστη σε λανθασμένα συμπεράσματα. Α ...more
Mariel
Dec 01, 2007 Mariel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fat cats
Recommended to Mariel by: house cats
Ultimately, Stendhal's The Red and the Black almost pissed me off. If I see this book again I'm tempted to say to it, "I'm not rationally sure why you kinda pissed me off. I just know you did!" It really would have if I had cared enough about any of the people in it to be pissed off. I hate that feeling of self persuasion as inevitable, as people being trapped in mind games. It sucks but I cannot swallow the idea that there is no other outcome. I know it's satire. I kinda hate satire. I don't wa ...more
Chuck LoPresti
Jun 22, 2011 Chuck LoPresti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's fairly easy to see why this book isn't more well-known as it was ahead of its time in 1830 and overshadowed by Flaubert, Balzac, and Hugo. And despite the fact that some consider it among the first "modern" novels it is probably a bit too dated to appeal to a more modern-focused crowd. I think I've come to a perfect period in my reading where this makes perfect sense. After Proust, Banffy and Zilahy - another read about courtly high society was a tough sell but I persevered a bit exhausted ...more
Teresa
Jul 02, 2017 Teresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, nineteenth century!

Not counting the subtitle—'A Chronicle of the 19th Century' (which I didn’t know of until just now: it’s not on the cover or the title page of either copy of the book I have on hand)—I count eight mentions of the phrase ‘nineteenth century’ by the omniscient narrator, of which two are apostrophes, including the quote above, which is from one of the later chapters. Revolution and the turmoil of change in the world has led to this lamentation, in much the same way our gener
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Maria Thomarey
Aug 18, 2014 Maria Thomarey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Κάποιος με ρώτησε κάποια στιγμή , αν το " κόκκινο και το μαύρο " είναι ενα πολιτικό βιβλίο .
Στ'αληθεια δε ξέρω την απάντηση . Αυτο που ξέρω είναι οτι αφορά σχέσεις εξουσίας κι εξάρτησης και αυτο ναι το κάνει ενα πολιτικό βιβλίο .
David Agraz
Mar 10, 2007 David Agraz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If nothing else, read Moncrieff's translation to seep yourself in the highly latinate, generally overeducated and comfortably contorted prose ('But the adroitness with the want of which we are reproaching him would have debarred the sublime impulse of seizing the sword which, at that moment, made him appear so handsome in the eyes of Mademoiselle de La Mole') -- it will do wonders for the style of your work emails. Trust me on this one.

What to say about Stendhal? I think he exists halfway betwee
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Elizabeth K.
Mar 20, 2010 Elizabeth K. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2006-new-reads
I read this for two reasons: First, now, when I die, I can say "Why yes, I've read Stendhal." Right, I don't know who at my deathbed is going to be asking me about Stendhal, but it's one more thing to cross off my worry list. Maybe there's some sort of deathbed reckoning for book snobs that involves a Ghost of Literature Past. Then our conversation could go like this:

Ghost of Literature Past: And you've read Stendhal ... ?
Me: Yes, indeedy!
GLP: Hmmm. Yes. Hmmm ... and it was in translation, I bel
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[P]
Mar 25, 2015 [P] rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bitchin
When I was at university my best friend and I would regularly write to each other as, for the first time, we were at different ends of the country. These letters [yes, letters – we were not being pretentious; neither of us could afford a computer as kids and so didn’t know how to use email until later] would usually contain details of any, uh, girl-related activity, music recommendations and book recommendations. Parts of these letters have stayed with me – certain relationships [one in particul ...more
Kim

First published in 1830, The Red and the Black is the bildungsroman of Julien Sorel, an intelligent and ambitious young man from a working class family in a rural area of France. Highly romantic, Julien admires Napoleon Bonaparte and has dreamed of a military career: the "Black" in the title represents the colour of the military uniform. However, a distinguished military career is not something a young man of his class can aspire to and Julien turns his attention to the Church: the uniform of w
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Hugo
Jul 18, 2017 Hugo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Clube dos Clássicos Vivos

"– Outrora – dizia-lhe Julien – quando eu podia ter sido tão feliz durante os nossos passeios pelos bosques de Vergy, uma ambição fogosa atraía a minha alma para regiões imaginárias. Em vez de estreitar contra o coração esse braço encantador que estava tão perto dos meus lábios, o futuro afastava-me de ti; eu pertencia aos inúmeros combates que teria de travar para edificar uma fortuna colossal... Não, eu teria morrido sem conhecer a felicidade se não tivesses vindo ter
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فهد الفهد
الأحمر والأسود

تأخرت كثيراً في الكتابة عن ستاندال وكتابيه، ولا أدري لماذا؟ ربما كان انشغالي بالمعرض هو السبب، وربما حقيقة أن الكتابين كانا ضخمين، وأردت فترة أهضمهما فيها وأخرج برأي، ستاندال من الأدباء المثيرين للجدل، فهناك من قدروه واعتبروه أباً للرواية النفسية وروائياً سابقاً لزمانه، وهناك من لا يطيقونه ولا يطيقون أسلوبه الكلاسيكي، عاش ستاندال في فترة حاسمة من تاريخ فرنسا، فهو قد ولد قبل الثورة الفرنسية بسنوات قليلة، وعاصر الحروب النابليونية، وكتب عن هذا بحكم أنه كره نابليون زمناً، وأحبه زمناً
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TheSkepticalReader
What makes this novel a masterpiece is our friend Julien. Not a very likable fellow, I must admit, but a fantastically written one. He’s incredibly flawed and that’s what makes him so utterly human. He constantly makes horrible mistakes, trips over himself, is mostly always way in over his head, but all of that just makes him more complex, and thus more interesting.
Chris_P
I don't normally give up books. Yet, Stendhal's The Red and The Black somehow failed to make me want to finish it if only out of curiosity about what happens in the end. I get why it's considered a classic and the author's irony is certainly smart and well used, but the characters are too absurd for my taste and the prose too shallow. I could neither relate to any character in the book, nor justify their thoughts and actions which were constantly contradicting one another. I know that was part o ...more
MJ Nicholls
I promised myself I wouldn’t spend too long clacking out a review of this one: usually, after a frenzied Sunday of reading I like to mellow out for the last few hours, and not dissertate (apparently that’s a word!) on a lofty French classic. Plus there are a few tip-top reviews already, like this one and this one and this one, so who cares what the anaemic Scot has to say? Really? In short: loved the epigrams, didn’t mind the frequent blurring of narrator with interior narration and dialogue, an ...more
Poncho
Apr 25, 2017 Poncho rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french, read-in-2017
A word I came across while reading about The Red and The Black was irony. It came upon me like a word written maybe on Arial 10 that grew gradually into a signboard as I read forward; for I think it describes perfectly Stendhal’s style and perhaps what made me think of this oeuvre as great.

Irony came presented to me as a matter of perspective; as means to present something in many ways. Such is the way with Stendhal’s characters in The Red and The Black: the author plays with them and maybe eve
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Cristina
Mar 27, 2013 Cristina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: los fans de los clásicos
Shelves: francesa
Julián Sorel es junto a Dorian Gray, Raskólnikov, Ana Karenina o Madame Bovary, uno de esos personajes inolvidables de las novelas decimonónicas.

Julián Sorel es el perfecto arribista. Nada significan para él el amor, la amistad, la camaradería o la honestidad. Así, la estrategia, la mentira y la hipocresía constituyen su modus vivendi aplicando la máxima maquiavélica de que el fin justifica los medios. La maestría de Stendhal reside en mostrarnos al personaje desde todas sus caras sin ocultarnos
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Lada Fleur
Mon livre prefere. Mon livre de chevet. Stendhal est vraiment un ecrivain tres francais par sa capacite de decrire un decor de societe et ses individus de provices et de Paris, opposes et en opposition dans la monarchie de juillet. Le rouge et le noir. Entre la vie et le clerge. La vie et la mort. Rouge sang et la religion noire, des soutanes, entre le feu et le froid seminaire. Le feu de la jeunesse, d'un exploit glorieux eclatant et une vie de janseniste, travaillant dans le noir. Un roman de ...more
Mark
Apr 21, 2013 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Buddy-read with Kris

Dear Desert Island Book List,

I'm writing to inform you that, in a week or two, you will have a new member. The name is Stendhal. His novel is
The Red and the Black. He's a bit of a ruffian, rather pessimistic fellow, too. But be congenial. He's much like the rest of you. His heart is too big. That, and social injustice, make him cantankerous. But he only has the best for humanity in mind.

He's a portly fellow, so please prepare a double strength hammock for his many pages. A
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Nelson Zagalo
“O Vermelho e o Negro” (1830) surge algumas décadas antes de “Madame Bovary” (1857), oferecendo-lhe toda uma nova abordagem do romance, marcando aquilo que ficaria conhecido como, a ascenção do realismo e queda do romantismo, e que Flaubert aproveitaria tendo em conta toda a sua força. Apesar da proximidade, a extensão e intensidade da obra de Stendhal leva a que facilmente a sua leitura permaneça dentro de nós, debatendo-se com aquilo que somos, algo que dificilmente ocorre com o trabalho de Fl ...more
Léonard Gaya
Jun 15, 2017 Léonard Gaya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Il y a, à l’origine de ce roman, une sombre affaire de crime passionnel, qui fut instruite par la cour d’assises de Grenoble dans les années 1820. Un certain Antoine Berthet, fils d’artisan pauvre et séminariste raté, est pris comme précepteur au service d’une famille bourgeoise. Il séduit la femme de son employeur et, l’affaire tournant à l’aigre, achète une arme a feu puis tire sur sa maîtresse en plein milieu d’une messe. Berthet fut condamné à la guillotine. Rien là, somme toute, qu’un fait ...more
Tempo de Ler
Jan 19, 2016 Tempo de Ler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
O Vermelho e o Negro é simultaneamente um romance sobre os trágicos amores de Julien Sorel e uma sátira sobre a sociedade em que este se insere.
"É preciso confessar que nasci com um carácter muito vulgar e muito infeliz"

Somos apresentados a esta personagem desde as suas origens provincianas; Verrières é uma cidadezinha odienta, cheia de falsidade e velhacaria, preocupada com o "rendimento". Uma cidade onde, como rapidamente nos apercebemos, Julien não se encaixa; abomina a sua terra, "tudo o que
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Alice Poon

This novel is in my view much more than a bildungsroman. Set in the Restoration Period (1814 – 1830) in France (i.e. the restoration of the Bourbon monarchy to power after the fall of Napoleon Bonaparte), it is a story of the social-climbing feats and two separate love pursuits of the lowborn protagonist Julien Sorel from a keen psycho-analytical perspective, threaded through a richly textured social and political fabric with a satirical undertone. This fabric, unique in a historical sense, refl
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Tony
May 21, 2008 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Lessons learned: don't sleep with other people's wives, and don't fuck with the class system. Stendhal manages to conflate the two rather elegantly in the social maneuverings of the novel's hero, Julien Sorel. His romantic intrigues are immediately political as well as sensual, encapsulating a good deal of the contemporaneous upheavals in French government, as well as addressing more universal aspects of social tension and class psychology and, of course, the eternal divergence of love and lust. ...more
E.
Feb 15, 2016 E. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Uno de los protagonistas más humano que he leído: Julien es un personaje complejo (y eso es lo que me agrado de él), vemos que es orgulloso, ambicioso, inteligente, un romántico y un gran fanboy de Napoleón pero al mismo tiempo vemos que es tímido, caprichudo, además de que es un amante medio cínico y voluble ...

Sin embargo, lo que hace interesante a Julien es que va creciendo a lo largo de la novela, especialmente el hecho de que aprender a desempeñar un rol: Vemos como aprende a ser hipócrita
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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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