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Product Details

  • Series: Le Livre de Poche (Book 357)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 577 pages
  • Publisher: Livre De Poche French (January 1997)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 2253006203
  • ISBN-13: 978-2253006206
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 4.8 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By John P. Jones III TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 21, 2010
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Il etait une fois... once upon a time, the two essential avenues for advancement for a poor youth in France were the military and the Catholic Church, symbolized by the red of the army uniforms (yes, before the machine guns of World War I made them change their pants) and the black of the clerical gowns. Stendhal, the nom de plume for Henri Beyle, had his classic work published in 1830, just as Louis-Philippe d' Orleans was restored to the throne. The protagonist is Julian Sorel, of - dare I use the word - "humble" origin, the son of a carpenter, born in Franche-Comté, a rugged area of France that borders Switzerland. He was determined to "make his way in society," and Stendhal says that Hercules was an inspiration; it was not a question of a choice between vice and virtue, rather it was one between the mediocrity of an assured well-being and all the heroic dreams of youth.

Post-Napoleon, Sorel felt that his greatest chances of advancement to a high level of society were in the Catholic Church. Remember, it was a very different time, far away from the empty cathedrals that only tourists visit in France today. And as the novel adequately describes, the sexual hypocrisy of the male clergy was focused on women, and not the alter boys of today. Yet the "eternal truths" of the novel require only the modest substitution of Wall Street for the Catholic Church, and the rest, the careerism and political opportunism, the cynicism and the hypocrisy remain remarkably the same. Sorel decides to "utilize" well-placed women in his rise in society, starting with the wife of the mayor, Mme. De Renal, and later, one of his pupils, Mathilde, who will bear his child. Though Stendhal does not use the particular phrase, "hell hath no wrath like a woman scorned...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Disappointing on August 29, 2012
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The edition of this book is very bad with plenty of spelling errors which at times make sentences difficult to understand. example: "eveque" (bishop) nine times out of ten is printed as "evoque" (to evoke), "maintenant" (now)becomes "main tenant" (hand holding (?))the first name "Boniface" at one stage becomes "Bon il face" (good he face (?)) and so on and so forth.

Very sloppy work from Amazon for one of the most important French novel of the XIX century.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Christina on February 2, 2014
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Not only are there multiple typos but this book is put together so cheaply that it lacks publishing information. Claiming to be a copy of an earlier publishing, I get the impression that a non-French speaker sat down at a computer and typed it up...explaining the frightening amount of typographical errors. There is no publishing information to clarify not only which edition this copy comes from, nor from the current publishers who have chosen to produce these abominable books. I'm growing increasingly wary and distressed with the amount of independent publishers who are reprinting classic works in this manner. It is shameful.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David on April 3, 2014
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This "book" seems to have been created by some sort of robot. Lines follow one another with no spaces to separate titles or chapters, punctuation is bizarre, and there are many typos. I realize that the copyright elapsed quite some time ago, but nevertheless, one still expects some human oversight to be exercised in publishing a book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By JDE on July 28, 2011
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This is a classic French novel that I had wanted to read for a long time. I was not disappointed. It is beautifully written. The characters are well developed and it provides a good sense of the time period. The main character is a somewhat perplexing combination of sheer ambition and wayward love. I admit, I found the ambitious side of his nature more convincing, but towards the end of the novel that seems to have given way to a more philosophical frame of mind. I purchased both the paperback and the Kindle versions. I am happy to have it in both of my libraries.
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This is my second time through this wonderful classic! Julien Sorel is one of the great characters in world literature and the "Le Rouge et le Noir" a Classic which gives exceptional insight into Napoleonic and post Napoleonic France. A tale of ambition, perhaps youthful foolishness, but how predictable under the circumstances, the story has a tragic ending. Some might find its picture of France and the people of that era cynical. But the novel contains great writing and classic insights into human nature-no one should consider themselves well educated unless they have an acquaintance with Stendhal's two great classics "Rouge et Noir" and "La Chartreuse de Parme" - the Charterhouse of Parma!
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It is difficult to download French books, if you own a kindle purchased with a US billing address for your AMAZON credit card.
I was pleased to be able to do so for a classic novel I read in my late teens.

Stendhal est un des grand auteurs du XIX siècle (avec Balzac, Flaubert, Victor Hugo, Émile Zola). Ces auteurs commencent un nouveau genre de roman, le réalisme en révolte contre le romantisme.

Le héros de ce roman, Julien Sorel, échappe à son sort de futur charpentier. Il est différent de son milieu et se destiné à être prêtre. Mais il devient amoureux de deux femmes successivement. Cela finit mal pour lui.
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