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ISBN: 0199539251
Author: Catherine Slater,Roger Pearson,Stendhal
Language: English
Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (May 15, 2009)
Pages: 592
Category: World Literature
Subcategory: Literature
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A more entertaining treatment of the theme of the transgressive individual and hypocritical society than Camus' 'The Outsider'.

A more entertaining treatment of the theme of the transgressive individual and hypocritical society than Camus' 'The Outsider'. The Red and the Black' is often held up as the starting point of 19th century European realism, and the book has the socio-historical breadth, narrative variety, powerful set-pieces and vivid characterisation we expect from such a term.

part of Oxford World's Classics Series. His chronicle is based on first-hand experience and the information of well-placed friends.

Roger Pearson (Introduction). With this as inspiration, Beyle - under the pen hame of Stendhal - set about writing what was to become one of the great psychological novels of all time, "The Red and the Black

With this as inspiration, Beyle - under the pen hame of Stendhal - set about writing what was to become one of the great psychological novels of all time, "The Red and the Black. Roger Pearson is at Queen's College, Oxford. Библиографические данные.

With this as inspiration, Beyle - under the pen hame of Stendhal - set about writing what was to become one of the great psychological novels of all time, "The Red and the Black. Set in a small provincial French town, and in Paris, the book tells the story of Julien Sorel, a handsome and brilliant young tutor who is both hero and villian. The Red and the Black: A Chronicle of the Nineteenth Century Oxford world's classics World's classics.

The Red and the Black: A Chronicle of the Nineteenth Century (Oxford World's Classics). The Red and the Black: A Chronicle of the Nineteenth Century (Oxford World's Classics).

A Chronicle of the Nineteenth Century. Oxford World's Classics. Subtitled & Chronicle of 1830', Stendhal's depiction of a nation of smug hypocrites scandalized contemporary readers, who recognized themselves or their peers and felt uncomfortable with the energy, imagination, and sincerity of a hero so patently inspired by their lately deposed Emperor. Julien's restless energy is fully captured in this specially commissioned translation of one of the world's great novels.

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By Stendhal, Catherine Slater. Verrières is sheltered on its northern side by a high mountain ridge, part of the Jura range. Right from the earliest cold spells in October the jagged peaks of the Verra are covered with snow. The Red and the Black: A Chronicle of the Nineteenth Century. By Stendhal, Catherine Slater. A mountain stream which comes tumbling down from the heights passes through Verrières on its way to join the Doubs, and supplies power to numerous sawmills. This simple form of industry provides a reasonably comfortable living for the majority of the inhabitants, who are peasants rather than townsfolk.

It's also a scathing indictment of a materialistic society, France under the Bourbons and an irresistible chronicle of love, politics and manners. The book now resides securely on most short lists of the world's great novels. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate.

The son of a carpenter, Julian Sorel is inspired by the writings of Napoleon to conquer the heights of society. His initial plan to work his way up through the church is, however, thwarted when he is forced to accept employment as a tutor--and this rash social entrepreneur certainly has not considered the dangers of falling in love. Stendhal's novel is an amusing and piquant study of hypocrisy and free will in post-Napoleonic France.About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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Stendhal concludes this tale with a dedication: TO THE HAPPY FEW. After we read about Julien Sorel, the protagonist, and the people he encounters, it is an apt way to finish the book because what is missing from the story is happiness. The few times it happens, it is always conditional on something else. Even when Julien experiences love, he is overwhelmed by feelings of triumph, not passion.

Because this classic was written in 1830, today’s readers can be forgiven if some of the plot lines, psychological exposition, obvious use of foreshadowing and characters seem a bit familiar. It is easy to envision a young Theodore Dreiser, Erich Maria Remarque, Saul Bellow or Willa Cather holed up in a corner devouring every word as it sowed the seeds for their writing (I found so many parallels with An American Tragedy and Augie March). Stendhal’s story delves deeply into a particular society in a unique period of history. Julien indeed feels a bit lost; he would rather have been marching with his hero Napoleon in an earlier time. At times it seems tedious, which Stendhal comically acknowledges: “The total boredom of the life led by Julien, without real interests, will no doubt be shared by the reader. These are the flatlands of our journey.”

Yet the journey takes us to a conclusion that has a lasting effect. I doubt it can be forgotten by anyone once read. Like training for a long race, it makes all the toil that came before it more enjoyable and relevant. I can better understand why, in life, there are but a happy few.
Diredefender
This novel had been on my "to-read" list for a long time and now I've read it i'm appalled that I didn't read it sooner. The biting criticism and satire of society and its hypocrisy is still relevant today.
The plot follows a young man who wants more from life than being a peasant. He educates himself and comes to the attention of the local church hierarchy. He furthers his education and gains a position in a middling household as a tutor to the children of a local somebody. The envy he feels and the derision and contempt he is treated with conspire to push his ambition further to ruinous heights. He commits adultery and causes scandal eventually ending in murder.
One feels sorry for him as a victim of society's class divisions and rules yet at the same time he brings his tragedy on himself. It is almost Shakespearean in its scale.
Highly recommended for all lovers of quality literature.
Kaim
This novel has everything: political intrigue, the psychological detail of detective work, the ambiguity of love and romance; it's a comedy of manners, but also a saga of helplessness and tragedy, incisive social commentary. Published in 1830, The Red and The Black, is timeless: its relevance to contemporary Westernized or Americanized, bureaucratic, and capitalist-developed nations is both a condemnation and a triumph.

The Red and the Black first caught my attention 25 years ago in January 1983; a stack of copies were set out on a table in the Tattered Cover Bookshop, Denver (then on 1st Avenue in the Cherry Creek area). At that time, the Penguin edition was a new translation to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of the author, Henri-Marie Beyle, January 23, 1783. I don't know how or why I decided to buy a copy; maybe it had something to do with the brief review on the back cover, which was perhaps then as it is now: "Handsome, ambitious Julien Sorel is determined to rise above his humble provincial origins." Maybe I saw something of Julien in myself, or maybe like Mathilde de la Mole, I was looking for a life outside the script dictated by parents and society, or trying to find a world beyond materialism and utilitarianism, something inspirational and possibly Romantic. It was with this novel that I first realized that a writer could communicate intimately across centuries; I fell in love with Stendhal. I wanted to know about his life. He wrote with integrity; he wrote what he knew to be true about life, and he did not let the marketplace dictate what he should write. Beyle was a human being first, then a writer.

In January 1983, as now in January 2008, reading The Red and the Black, I am astounded with the author's ability to move smoothly from the character's interior thoughts into action or landscape while encompassing his characters in their political/social matrix. Whether in a high-society drawing room or in the stillness of night, Stendhal gave his work movement, dynamism. There is something uncanny about the author's ability to draw characters like Madame de Renal and her husband, a small-town merchant, politician, religious hypocrite. It is the Renals of the world who have the power to destroy the Romantically inspired Juliens and Mathildes, and yet a market-driven nation doesn't seem to function without the Renals. An unusual but appropriate companion reading to Stendhal's work might be Tocqueville's Democracy in America; volume one published in 1835.
Corgustari
No question that Stendhal's two major novels deserve to be read by any common reader who loves great fiction. The problem is--which translation is best?

Some would say that Stendhal's French is fairly easy to read, and the best solution is to learn to read him in the original. My objection to this view is that though I can read French modestly well, I would still need a dictionary to read Stendhal and, even more important, the nuances of 19th century French are different from what I learned in school.

Moreover, all of Stendhal's translators have said that his "simple" style is really quite hard to reproduce in English.

Most famously, Moncrieff was the translator of Proust, a writer whose style is far from simple. Could this make it difficult for him to adjust to Stendhal?

Going purely by the way the translation reads in English, I would say that good as Moncrieff is, the old Penguin version by Margaret Shaw is the one that sounds "like Stendhal" to me, and I've read at least four translations. This may be nostalgia speaking, because I think I read Shaw's translation first.

Whichever translation you read, lisez Stendhal!!!!!!

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