- Series: Penguin Classics
- Paperback: 560 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Classics; 1st edition (January 19, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780140449662
- ISBN-13: 978-0140449662
- ASIN: 0140449663
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1 x 7.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 91 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #392,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Charterhouse of Parma (1839) is a compelling novel of passion and daring, of prisons and heroic escape, of political chicanery and sublime personal courage. Set at the beginning of the nineteenth century, amidst the golden landscapes of northern Italy, it traces the joyous but ill-starred amorous exploits of a handsome young aristocrat called Fabrice del Dongo, and of his incomparable aunt Gina, her suitor Prime Minister Mosca, and Clelia, a heroine of ethereal beauty and earthly passion. The great achievement of The Charterhouse of Parma is to conjure up the excitement and romance of youth while never losing sight of the harsh realities which beset the pursuit of happiness, nor the humour and patient irony with which these must be viewed. This new translation captures Stendhal's narrative verve, while the Introduction explores the novel's reception and the reasons for its enduring popularity and power.
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If you are a romantic, and you surely are if you are reading Stendhal, then it is the romance that you will love the most. The relationships between a number of the characters are poignant and simply beautiful at times for their simplicity and at times for their complexity.
There are novels that you fly through because you can't bear the suspense and there are others that let you savor and read and reread passages because there is clearly beauty on the page. Charterhouse is a novel you will remember for its beauty. Take your time with it and enjoy it.