The Charterhouse of Parma

The Charterhouse of Parma Richard Howard s exuberant and definitive rendition of Stendhal s stirring tale has brought about the rediscovery of this classic by modern readers Stendhal narrates a young aristocrat s adventures in

Richard Howard s exuberant and definitive rendition of Stendhal s stirring tale has brought about the rediscovery of this classic by modern readers Stendhal narrates a young aristocrat s adventures in Napoleon s army and in the court of Parma, illuminating in the process the whole cloth of European history As Balzac wrote, Never before have the hearts of princes, ministRichard Howard s exuberant and definitive rendition of Stendhal s stirring tale has brought about the rediscovery of this classic by modern readers Stendhal narrates a young aristocrat s adventures in Napoleon s army and in the court of Parma, illuminating in the process the whole cloth of European history As Balzac wrote, Never before have the hearts of princes, ministers, courtiers, and women been depicted like this sees perfection in every detail With beautiful illustrations by Robert Andrew Parker.

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  1. 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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  1. Stendhal depicts both the amorous passion and the predilection for court intrigue present in the Italian character, yet he does this with an irony and a political analysis indisputably French, thereby producing not only a great realistic novel but a work which comments on the romantic novels that have gone before And yet here is the marvelous part The Charterhouse of Parma, for all its realism, is still an incredibly romantic novel, containing a battle, a duel, a knife fight, various disguises f [...]

  2. JR was writing a little note on a piece of parchment when a cry was heard outside his door Bring him here, the rascal I shall have his head cut off There was a commotion and the door was opened and he recognized Conte Crescenzi, quite inebriated, and spouting forth such obscenities that would have made the most devilish of villains blush Such buffooneries were uttered that even the dogs barking outside were scandalized It was later claimed by the lowest class that at the same moment, inside the [...]

  3. Standard 19th century French novel Not even close This book defies almost every convention of the novel, and it was written before any of those conventions were even recognized No hero, no heroine, no real plot no morality lesson Machiavellian politics for everyone love doesn t conquer all love doesn t even exist in this world until the main character gets locked away in prison for a womb like nine months a narrator who couldn t care less about the whole thingis is so modern it hurts I wouldn t [...]

  4. O wretched soul, what sweetness it was How we burned at the moment when I sawthose eyes that I might never see again.Lines from Petrarch, on handkerchief given secretly as a gift in novel s forbidden love affairThe 1839 Charterhouse represented a movement away and forward from the romanticism of Stendhal s time, this was one of the earliest examples of realism in a way that was considered revolutionary then Balzac considered it the most important novel of his time Though some elements of the rom [...]

  5. A sprawling, sloppy, often exhilarating read It is an almost absolute middle point between Tom Jones the handsome lead, the vignette y style, the wonderful humor, the slapsticky regard for human life, the excess coincidences that characterize the early novel and War and Peace, which it clearly influenced in its court war split and its fascination with Napoleon It is too long by half the scenes of intrigue in Parma are remarkably redundant and has some messy threads that never really resolve The [...]

  6. Escritores como Balzac, Andr Gide o Tolstoi consideraron La cartuja de Parma de Stendhal una de las mejores novelas de todos los tiempos Llego a ella despu s de haber le do El rojo y el negro y Vanina Vanini y podr a afirmarse que contiene una mezcla de ambas, hip tesis factible si se tienen en cuenta los a os de publicaci n de las tres novelas El rojo y el negro fue publicada en 1830, Vanina Vanini en 1829 y La cartuja de Parma en 1839 De El rojo y el negro tomar a Stendhal el recurso de utiliz [...]

  7. I read this looking for atmosphere and details about the Napoleonic wars, having just read War and Peace in which Tolstoy does a wonderful job of conveying how Napoleon s Russian campaign was viewed by some sections of Russian society The beginning of this novel was promising with descriptions of how the people of Milan and the surrounding area viewed the Napoleonic conquest but soon the author began a long and involved courtly love saga that might have belonged in the twelfth century than the [...]

  8. Pentru mine, Sthendal este unul dintre marii scriitori moralizatori de factur istoric El surprinde func ia educativ a istoriei expun nd cu o insensibilitate apologetic fapt pentru care este renumit faptele istorice a a cum au avut ele s fie, centr nd n schimb spectrul de analiz asupra caracterelor pe care vrea s le scoat n eviden mai mult sau mai pu in peiorativ n M n stirea din Parma prezint destr marea unei familii aristocratice de sorginte italian Ac iunea l are n centru pe Fabrizio, un t n r [...]

  9. I picked this up last month because I m a huge fan of The Red And The Black, easily one of my top five novels Stendahl was a nineteenth century French satirist who bascially invented the realistic psychological novel, and The Red And The Black is a wicked black comedy about a cunning young priest who plots to become Pope, and his subsequent adventures in high society Like I say I loved this book so I had high hopes for Charterhouse.Unfortunately, in my opinion after a promising start this book s [...]

  10. Not bad until the end where it grows maudlin, alas, and becomes a slog Worthwhile overall, but The Red and the Black it isn t.

  11. One of the best books I ve read Politics, action, humanism vsnservatism, passion vs lack of passion, lovers, rivals, extreme wealth and the values of aristocracy, all the characters with both good and bad actions and ways of thinking Set in the autocratic monarchy of Parma in Italy between 1815 and 1830 A fascinating exploration of what motivates people and how they act The plot is held together by the stories of a brilliant, activist Duchess and her impetuous nephew, but includes many main char [...]

  12. 2 1 2 starsApparently Balzac considered this to be the most important French novel of its time I haven t read anything by Balzac but just going off of this comment I think we must have vastly different tastes Either that or all the other books released were really really bad Or possibly the translator did a really shoddy job The book had its good points it was frequently slyly funny for instance but my overriding impression of it is just that it was a humongous mess I never knew what the heck wa [...]

  13. Romanzo incostante questo di Stendhal, quasi l autore non sapesse bene in quale direzione rivolgersi, ma avesse comunque l obiettivo di pubblicare un racconto ricco di intrighi e di vicende Stendhal d altra parte contemporaneo di un certo Dumas, e come ogni buon autore francese del periodo ama abbondare in 400 pagine le vicende non mancano e il ritmo sostenuto, ma quanto sia necessario raccontarci tutto ci un po il dubbio del lettore che riesce ad arrivare alla fine della storia Troviamo infatti [...]

  14. 52, o n mero de dias que levou Stendhal a escrever A Cartuxa de Parma , um total de 10 p ginas di rias que d o bem conta da capacidade, quase infinita, de recursos conceptuais e cognitivos do autor para lhe fornecer um fluxo ininterrupto de ideias Falo nomeadamente da capacidade de visualizar sequ ncias num detalhe suficiente para as descrever, n o apenas nas suas a es, efeitos e rea es mas tamb m no detalhe dos seus cen rios, interiores e exteriores, mais ainda no imaginar, ou personificar, dos [...]

  15. A dazzling opera and the worldliest of books ever written.Parmesan courtlife is both Machiavellian Ruritanian Courtiers,politicos, Great Ladies and Ministers of State banter, plot,betray and caress romantic dreams within a maze of socialmaneuvers The young hero has a Candide quality and his high bornaunt a duchess who uses sex with brains as a handbook on tactics is among the most enchanting women in fiction.

  16. Il primo libro che leggo di Stendhal non mi ha preso particolarmente il protagonista, Fabrizio, mi parso superficiale, indeciso, pi aggrappato ai sogni che alla vita reale la sua vocazione religiosa sembra una parodia della fede cristiana ed i suoi amori sono quasi un modo per vincere la noia ed i suoi vari rivali.La figura che ho apprezzato maggiormente quella di Gina Pietranera, una donna forte, capace di intrighi e macchinazioni incredibili, vera dominatrice delle volont altrui con il suo fas [...]

  17. You know, this didn t really do it for me I found myself describing it as a poor man s Count of Monte Cristo crossed with a poor man s Madame Bovary, but not as interesting as that makes it sound There are some great scenes, but a lot of exposition in between I just never felt completely drawn in For a novel with as much plot as this has, I was rarely dying to know what happened next.It s got a terrific battle scene in it, though, just this amazing picture of Wait, are we fighting Am I in it Oh [...]

  18. lk okumaya ba lad mda 200 sayfa sonras nda pes etmi oldu um, araya onlarca ba ka kitap s k t rd m hatta 2 3 y l bir kitap bu herhalde ters zaman ma geldi diyip tekrar ba lay p 10 15 g nde bitirmi bulunmaktay m A k as kim kiminle ne yapmak istiyoru oturtman z biraz zaman al yor ondan ilk 200 sayfada kitab n i ine ok giremeyebiliyorsunuz ilk ba ta herhalde sava anlatan bir roman olacak derken bir anda ters k e yap p sizi Jane Austen vari a k hikayelerinin i ine sokuyor.Biraz bahsetmek gerekirse, y [...]

  19. In somewhat stark contrast to the darkness of the The Red and the Black, La Chartreuse de Parme is a comedic masterpiece from a youthful Stendhal Well, humorous as well as languorous at the end In it is one of the funniest incidents in all of French literature perhaps eclipsed by the souliers rouge incident in Cot de Guermantes where the hapless protagonist Fabrice dreams of Napoleon and somehow wanders onto the battlefield of Waterloo rather like someone in Universal Studios would randomly wand [...]

  20. Tanto ho amato Il rosso e il nero e devo rileggerlo, per controllare che non fossi in preda al delirio tanto mi ha annoiato questo romanzo Possibile E la storia di un giovinotto italiano che va alla guerra a seguito di Napoleone armato solo del suo idealismo, poi torna senza aver capito se in battaglia ci stato o meno dubbio lecito e infine viene coinvolto in vari intrighi politici, viene salvato dalla zia che innamorata di lui, viene catturato, conosce il vero a, lo perde, diventa un vescovo pr [...]

  21. A fun and enjoyable read Burned through this quite easily Swordfights, duels, prisoner escapes Not quite as masterly as The Red and the Black but still fun Straddles the line somewhere between Romanticism and Realism, with its character depictions as well as the imagery.

  22. I read this novel after finishing The Red and the Black, which I thought was the far better novel of the two The scenes in which Fabrizio joins Napoleon s army at Waterloo really come to life and shine in the narrative of Stendahl, as he had been a soldier in battle for Napoleon during his lifetime Fabrizio really is a bit too much of a narcissist and after a while, despite his handsome youth and intellect, I found myself tiring of him He really made a number of knuckleheaded moves with his care [...]

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