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The plot of The Charterhouse of Parma suggests a run-of-the-mill potboiler, complete with court intrigue, military derring-do, and more romance than you can shake a saber at. But Stendhal had an amazing, pre-Freudian grasp of psychology (at least the Gallic variant). More than most of his contemporaries, he understood the incessant jostling of love, sex, fear, and ambition, not to mention our endless capacity for self-deception. No wonder his hero, Fabrizio de Dongo, seems to know everything and nothing about himself. Even under fire at the Battle of Waterloo, the young Fabrizio has a tendency to lose himself in Napoleonic reverie:
Suddenly everyone galloped off. A few moments later Fabrizio saw, twenty paces ahead, a ploughed field that seemed to be strangely in motion; the furrows were filled with water, and the wet ground that formed their crests was exploding into tiny black fragments flung three or four feet into the air. Fabrizio noticed this odd effect as he passed; then his mind returned to daydreams of the Marshal's glory. He heard a sharp cry beside him: two hussars had fallen, riddled by bullets; and when he turned to look at them, they were already twenty paces behind the escort.The quote above, a famous one, captures something of Stendhal's headlong style. Until now, most English-speaking readers have experienced it via C.K. Scott-Moncrieff's superb 1925 translation. But now Richard Howard has modernized his predecessor's period touches, streamlined some of the fussier locutions, and generally given Stendhal his high-velocity due. The result is a timely version of a timeless masterpiece, which shouldn't need to be updated again until, oh, 2050. Crammed with life, lust, and verbal fireworks, The Charterhouse of Parma demonstrates the real truth of its creator's self-composed epitaph: "He lived. He wrote. He loved." --James Marcus --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
If your interests are in literature, history, specifically early 19th century Italy/France, the lives of nobility and court intrigue, Charterhouse of Parma is for you. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Con Brio
Endearing narrative of people, situations, geography and the culture at the time. I am impressed by Stendhals' great style and armony.Published 3 months ago by rob
The Charterhouse of Parma was my first exposure to Stendahl's writing, and I am now eager to read more. Read morePublished 5 months ago by dstrong
The book treats Italian politics of the 19th century through timeless characters. Rich in psychological insights, this 19th century author's work holds up well in the 21st... Read morePublished 7 months ago by CARROLL dICUS
The description of this is incorrect, it is not the new Richard Howard translation.
Otherwise, its a beautifully bound book, as you would expect from Everyman's Library.
Recently I wanted to re-read Stendahl's the Red and the Black because I had enjoyed it many years ago. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Sharon Anderson
This book was chosen for our group discussion @ the Beverly Hills, Ca library this year.
It was amusing and interesting for read and provided a ilively discussion.
I decided to read this because of a review by a famous critic. He did say that the reader does have to wade through some boring things at the beginning of the book before it gets... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Gabriela
I read the Red and Black and thought it a fun read--ahead
of it's time and a page turner. This thing is just the
opposite slow dumb boring with a dead weight protagonist... Read more