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The Red and the Black by Stendhal
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Dec 02, 2007

really liked it

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 wonder about the wisdom of what you've done. Which character's glances, turns, heartbeats and feints are you doomed to re-enact now?
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message 1: by Simsian (new)

Simsian A bit of a tweak on this review and you might just as easily assign it to Madame Bovary


message 2: by Don Incognito (new)

Don Incognito Fascinating...this is information about the book that one couldn't find on the back cover.


message 3: by Michele (new)

Michele You make it sound pretty interesting! My gf just gave me this book in french (because i'm studying it) and i hope i can enjoy it while learning some new vocabulary (and understanding it, of course!)


message 4: by Marcus (new)

Marcus Great review, thanks! Got the book recently and was wondering if it would stay with me. Your review certainly made it seem worthwhile.


Erick Flaig Spot on.


message 6: by David (new)

David Adjmi This is SO RIGHT.


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