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Nothing can distinguish a man as a death sentence, thought Mathilde It s the only thing one can t buy Julien Sorel was a young man with an audacious intellect Such a gift can be a great resource that can be exploited for financial gain or it can be a burden that keeps a person in perpetual misery Sorel, the hero of our story, experiences both the wonders and the loneliness that sometimes goes hand in hand with being too aware to accept fate without attempting to manipulate a better fu Nothing can distinguish a man as a death sentence, thought Mathilde It s the only thing one can t buy Julien Sorel was a young man with an audacious intellect Such a gift can be a great resource that can be exploited for financial gain or it can be a burden that keeps a person in perpetual misery Sorel, the hero of our story, experiences both the wonders and the loneliness that sometimes goes hand in hand with being too aware to accept fate without attempting to manipulate a better future He is handsome, witty, and when money is plentiful dresses in such a way as to enhance his best features He is prideful of his talents and humbled by his modest beginnings in equal measure like two halves of the same tarnished coin Because he comes from the lower class of French society his opportunities for advancement are limited to the church or the military Even though he shows few signs of or inclinations towards pious behavior Julien is sent to the church Julien is placed as a tutor in the household of Monsieur de R nal, the mayor of Verri res He isn t a particularly good teacher He d rather be spending his time reading and daydreaming, but through guile and an exaggerated appearance of discipline he wins over the children and the parents On a whim he decides that he must seduce the pretty Madame de R nal as in his mind that is what a man of his nature is supposed to do He is calculating, manipulative, hostile, and seductive and each of those characteristics are hampered by his own naiveness producing comedic results and embarrassing moments that left this reader squirming in his seat with personal memories of being equally stupid in moments of social ineptness Those characteristics that we like the least in Julien are also the characteristics that we like the least in ourselves and leads us to identify so closely with Sorel that his triumphs and his setbacks create diverse reactions from a sheepish grin to burning shame Madame de R nal and her husbandMadame de R nal is swept up in the attentions of our hero and soon finds herself in circumstances she never would have expected to experienceSuddenly, a word frightened her adulteress She could see it The worst things that the vilest debauchery could stamp on the notion of sensual love swarmed into her mind These ideas were trying to stain the glow of the tender, divine image she had constructed, both of Julien himself and the happiness of loving him The future was painted in ghastly colors, She saw herself as contemptible Julien is sent back to the seminary where he fits in about as well as a swan among ducksJulien had tried in vain to make himself small and stupid, he could not be liked he was far too differentLuckily he comes to the attention of Father Pirard who realizes he is intelligent enough to have better uses As enemies of both Father Pirard and Julien attempt to destroy them Stendhal, as he does through the whole book, shows that pettiness, hypocrisy, wealth, and social standing are to be found in equal measure among people of influence Poor people are not let off the hook either as greed turns out to be such an unsavory aspect of Julien s own father The father that beat him and ridiculed him is quick to want to benefit from his son s advancement Honor is discussed in great detail throughout the book, but is revealed as a chimera when pride or money are being threatened Julien rises with the help of Father Pirard to private secretary for Marquis de la Mole His office is to be the libraryA few minutes later, Julien found himself alone in a magnificent library it was a delightful moment So no one would come to him, excited as he was, he hid himself in a dark corner From there, he looked out at the books glittering spines I could read every one of them, he told himselfWhenever I walk into my own personal library, unfortunately not as grand as the Marquis s library, I still feel the flutter in my stomach that one might experience catching a glimpse of an old lover in a train station The books speak to me stirring up fond memories of when words become images, scents become detectable, and fictional characters become flesh and bone I don t foresee a tablet with a digital bookshelf eliciting the same flutter in my stomach The tactile feeling of individual books, unique in typeface, paper, and design are an important part of the reading experience for me Books arethan just words to me, but a form of art Running your eye over the hills and dales of Van Gogh s brushstrokes while looking at the actual painting is such a larger sensory experience than looking at a picture of the painting in an art book the two experiences are incomparable I m afraid as tech savvy as I am in all other phases of my life I m a Luddite when it comes to books I love the idea thatpeople are reading books because of the evolution of ereaders, but for me the experience that Julien has in that library is what I want He turned his lips to hers, and with his handCalled back the tangles of her wandering hair Bryon, Don Juan Julien meets Mademoiselle Mathilde de La Mole He isn t impressed In fact he finds her annoying in so many waysShe s even paler than before she went on the tripHer hair is absolutely colorless, it s so blonde You could say the daylight goes right through it And what arrogance, when she greets people, when she just looks at them She holds herself, she moves, like a queenLike a lot of things in Sorel s life he is motivated by a grander vision than what he is capable He has unsustainable ideas of honor ruledby passion than any real sense of established decorum He even defends immorality with affectionate intensity Altamira answered We no longer have genuine passions, in the nineteenth century That s why there s so much boredom, here in France We do the most incredibly cruel things, but without cruelty So much the worse said Julien At the very least, crimes ought to be committed with pleasure That s the only good about them How can we even begin to justify them for any other reason Mathilde is Julien s ticket to finally achieve the impossible He can bound out of the chains of his birth and achieve a social position that would be talked about for generations The game of love that plays out is almost as comical and ridiculous as his seduction of Madame de R nal His present and his past collide with devastating effects that will leave you flipping the final pages as fast as your eyes and mind can comprehend the sentences Marie Henri Beyle AKA StendhalI noticed with interest that there is a turning point in the book when I could tell that Stendhal began to like his own greatest creation He lentsympathy to the plight of Julien Sorel He started softening the edges and letting the reader know that even when Sorel is an ass he is still a well meaning ass Julien was certainlyinnocent than those that were trying to manipulate him It was as if in creating this character Stendhal started to understand himself through the character and maybe even started to tolerate those aspects of himself that had given him trouble throughout his life or at least look on them as youthful fallacies Intelligence does not come wrapped with discretion or for that matter wisdom Time is the only device that allows us to grow into our intelligence and hopefully use it to better ourselves and strengthen our communities I came away from the novel knowingabout myself and wishing that I could meet the youthful Julien Sorel when he has some gray at his temples and adocile tongue, but then maybe I just need to go look in the mirror Highly recommended for all reformed smarty pants If you wish to seeof my most recent book and movie reviews, visit also have a Facebook blogger page at Most people have heard of it and a lot probably have it on the shelves as part of the classics collection Waste time noThis is one of the rare books where the genius of the writer is tangible It is not only exceptionally accurate and well observed in psychological element, but an invaluable narrative of the history and politics of the post Revolution France This book can be read and re read throughout one s life and never fail to give a fresh perspective and a valuable lesson Extraord Most people have heard of it and a lot probably have it on the shelves as part of the classics collection Waste time noThis is one of the rare books where the genius of the writer is tangible It is not only exceptionally accurate and well observed in psychological element, but an invaluable narrative of the history and politics of the post Revolution France This book can be read and re read throughout one s life and never fail to give a fresh perspective and a valuable lesson Extraordinary in every way 923 Le Rouge et le Noir The Red and The Black, StendhalThe Red and the Black is a historical psychological novel in two volumes by Stendhal, published in 1830 It chronicles the attempts of a provincial young man to rise socially beyond his modest upbringing through a combination of talent, hard work, deception, and hypocrisy He ultimately allows his passions to betray him.Book I Book I presents Julien Sorel, the ambitious son of a carpenter in the fictional village of Verrieres, in Franche 923 Le Rouge et le Noir The Red and The Black, StendhalThe Red and the Black is a historical psychological novel in two volumes by Stendhal, published in 1830 It chronicles the attempts of a provincial young man to rise socially beyond his modest upbringing through a combination of talent, hard work, deception, and hypocrisy He ultimately allows his passions to betray him.Book I Book I presents Julien Sorel, the ambitious son of a carpenter in the fictional village of Verrieres, in Franche Comte, France He would rather read and daydream about the glory days of Napoleon s long disbanded army than work his father s timber business with his brothers, who beat him for his intellectual affectations He becomes an acolyte of the Father Chelan, the local Catholic prelate, who later secures him a job tutoring the children of Monsieur de R nal, the mayor of Verri res Although he appears to be a pious, austere cleric, Julien is uninterested in the Bible beyond its literary value and how he can use memorised passages learnt in Latin to impress important people He enters a love affair with Monsieur de R nal s wife, which ends when it is revealed to the village by her chambermaid, Elisa, who is also in love with Julien The abb Ch lan orders Julien to a seminary in Besan on, which he finds intellectually stifling and pervaded with social cliques The initially cynical seminary director, the Father Pirard likes Julien and becomes his protector Later Pirard a Jansenist leaves the seminary but fearing backlash against his prot g , recommends Sorel as private secretary to the diplomat Marquis de la Mole, a Catholic legitimist.Book II Book II takes place in the years leading up to the July Revolution of 1830 During this time Julien Sorel lives in Paris as an employee of the of the Mole family Despite his moving among high society and his intellectual talents, the family and their friends condescend to Julien for being an uncouth plebeian Meanwhile, Julien is acutely aware of the materialism and hypocrisy that permeate the Parisian lite, and that the counter revolutionary temper of the time renders it impossible for even well born men of superior intellect and aesthetic sensibility to participate in the nation s public affairs The Marquis of the Mole takes Julien to a secret meeting, then dispatches him on a dangerous mission to communicate a letter Julien has it memorized to the Duc d Angouleme, who is exiled in England however, the callow Julien is mentally distracted by an unsatisfying love affair, and thus only learns the message by rote, missing its political significance as a legitimize plot Unwittingly, he risks his life in service to the monarchists he most opposes to himself, he rationalists these actions as merely helping the Marquis, his employer, whom he respects 1974 1335 1054 1345 1353 1387 760 28 31 1827 23 1828 The Red and the Black draws a colorful mosaic about the required hypocrisy to climb the ladder of social status in the France of the July Revolution Chronicled by an omniscient narrator, who meets every requisite to be Stendhal himself, the reader follows the story of Julien Sorel, a young man of humble origins whose only ambition is to ascend in the social hierarchy in a world still dominated by the Machiavellian politicking of the clergy and the nobility after the downfall of the Emperor Des The Red and the Black draws a colorful mosaic about the required hypocrisy to climb the ladder of social status in the France of the July Revolution Chronicled by an omniscient narrator, who meets every requisite to be Stendhal himself, the reader follows the story of Julien Sorel, a young man of humble origins whose only ambition is to ascend in the social hierarchy in a world still dominated by the Machiavellian politicking of the clergy and the nobility after the downfall of the Emperor Despised by his family because of his extravagant taste for reading, Julien makes of Napoleon his surrogate father and plans his future with militaristic, almost obsessive precision The army The Red is no longer in fashion and so he chooses his career among the pious men of faith The Black First as a seminarist and then as a tutor of Latin, Julien will learn the bearing, the deferential poise and the conversational skills to achieve his so much desired goal that will lead him to Paris, the capital of sophisticated Savoir Faire.Straddling literary naturalism and romanticism, a tragicomedy of the most entertaining nature unfolds in a quick paced prose not short of acerbic satire and wry humor, where all sort of characters are presented as caricatures of the motley social strata of the convoluted era Liberals and monarchists, Jansenists and Jesuits, aristocrats and peasants, radicals and conservatives with all their disparate positions and beliefs, all the characters have the common traits of nepotism and debauchery that acquire allegorical connotations in the development of Julien s personality, which evolves ceaselessly in the course of the story.Half romantic hero, half despicable villain, Stendhal s protagonist becomes an emblem of the author s contempt for the gullible disposition of men Julien s actions in society don t correspond to his personal views and so he passes through life in a constant performance He treats his masters with proud dignity to hide his sense of inferiority, he falls in love with the idea of seducing women of noble descend to cover his need for validation, he conceals his vulnerabilities and cheats himself with delusions of grandeur, and so his moods fluctuate between his artificial objectives and his true feelings, cleaving him in two.Is Julien a victim or the outrageous product of his time He certainly falls prey to the false morality that Stendhal s denounces openly with disarming jocularity But there is muchthan that in this uncategorizable book, because underneath the superficial parody, there is a philosophical undercurrent that growsevident in the last chapters, which appear untitled, maybe as a symbol to represent Julien s progressive unveiling, for his fate seems to be determined by birth and not by his honest resolutions.In the blink of an eye, Stendhal flips the tone of his narration and the reader finds himself facing the paradox of a protagonist that can be either understood as an arrogant moron or as a valiant idealist As the declared romantic I am, I lean towards the second option and choose to see Julien s last acts as a proclamation of his rightful independence Having dropped the masks, he can see clearly into his heart and avoidthis desert of selfishness which is called life It s a book about the dangers of reading The novel s characters are seduced by ideas, poetic gestures, tragic endings, narratives they might inhabit and soon find themselves enslaved to them, marching lockstep in the footprints of characters whose stories they ve read Stendhal obviously takes pleasure in his position as most recent seducer of the book s reader and he sugar coats his narrative pills just enough that it s only later, with the feeling of slight corrosion in your stomach, that you It s a book about the dangers of reading The novel s characters are seduced by ideas, poetic gestures, tragic endings, narratives they might inhabit and soon find themselves enslaved to them, marching lockstep in the footprints of characters whose stories they ve read Stendhal obviously takes pleasure in his position as most recent seducer of the book s reader and he sugar coats his narrative pills just enough that it s only later, with the feeling of slight corrosion in your stomach, that you wonder about the wisdom of what you ve done Which character s glances, turns, heartbeats and feints are you doomed to re enact now Julien Sorel is a young man who is bound by social convention he observes his betters on the periphery of begrudging interaction his talents are needed by the upper class but he must always remember his place After several torrid affairs with upper class ladies he is dispatched on a secret mission does Julien begin to understand how love is often a game jeu d amour that has ulterior motives that involve position and appearances While there was much I did not understand this period Julien Sorel is a young man who is bound by social convention he observes his betters on the periphery of begrudging interaction his talents are needed by the upper class but he must always remember his place After several torrid affairs with upper class ladies he is dispatched on a secret mission does Julien begin to understand how love is often a game jeu d amour that has ulterior motives that involve position and appearances While there was much I did not understand this period of French history is not one of my strong points I appreciated how Stendhal takes us behind the the scenes and shows us the the differing shades of character that often support hierarchical systems of governance still very pertinent to this day Note there may be a few spoilerish things here, just saying Julien Sorel is a handsome young peasant with a freakish memory He doesn t like his daddy and his brothers because they beat him up all the time Like actually, not metaphorically WORKING CLASS HERO JOHN LENNON They hurt you at home and they hit you at schoolThey hate you if you re clever and they despise a foolBut I memorised the whole of the New Testament in LatinSo I think I m pretty coolSo he impresses some priest with his hug Note there may be a few spoilerish things here, just saying Julien Sorel is a handsome young peasant with a freakish memory He doesn t like his daddy and his brothers because they beat him up all the time Like actually, not metaphorically WORKING CLASS HERO JOHN LENNON They hurt you at home and they hit you at schoolThey hate you if you re clever and they despise a foolBut I memorised the whole of the New Testament in LatinSo I think I m pretty coolSo he impresses some priest with his huge memory and the priest gets him a job as a tutor for the local mayor Monsieur de R nal, who has a hot wife.STACY S MOM FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE Stacy, do you remember when I mowed your lawn mowed your lawn Your mom came out with just a towel on towel on I could tell she liked me from the way she stared way she stared And the way she said, you missed a spot over there a spot over there Things get real steamy with Madame de R nal s wifeMAD ABOUT THE BOY DINAH WASHINGTON Will it ever cloyThis odd diversity of misery and joyI m feeling quite insane and young againAnd all because I m mad about the boyLike, he is only 19 and she s like 30 at least So there s that Anyway, after some shagtastic weeks the secret gets out and Julien has to vamoose So his next career move is to a seminary which is a name for where they train to be priests, yeah, like mind blowingly dull His blazingly good looks and enormous memory don t win him any friends, and he has like the worst time So then he gets a break, he s recommended to some local aristocrat and lands a gig as this guy s secretary.The family name of these aristos is de la Mole, which is funny because they are not moles Anyway guess what there is a hot daughter Mathilde and she takes one look at Julien and she is allCALL ME MAYBE CARLY RAE JEPSEN Your stare was holdingRipped jeans, skin was showin Hot night, wind was blowin Where you think you re going baby Naturally Julien does not object to this frou frou babealiciousness but at the same time is appalled and horrified at the crass materialism of French aristo lifePRICE TAG JESSIE J Seems like everybody s got a priceI wonder how they sleep at nightWhen the sale comes firstAnd the truth comes secondIt s not about the money money moneyWe don t need your money money moneyForget about the price tagAin t about the uh cha ching cha chingAin t about the yeah b bling b blingSo Mr Mole gets Julien involved in some political stuff that I frankly couldn t follow This part is skippable Anyway, this Julien and Mathilde thing is going on and of course shagging the boss s daughter is always a turn on UPTOWN GIRL BILLY JOEL I m in love with an uptown girlYou know I ve seen her in her uptown worldShe s getting tired of her high class toysAnd all the presents from her uptown boysAnd one thing leads to another and before you can say Papa Don t Preach, yes, she s up the duff.Mr Mole is not pleased but he does the right thing and stumps up, showers Julien with ducats or louises or whatever they used for money, and everything looks tickety boo but then along comes a letter from Stacy s mom and kind of wrecks the whole situation, saying all these awful things about our Julien.When he finds out about the letter what does he do yeah that s right WOKE UP THIS MORNING ALABAMA 3 When you woke up this morningEverything was goneBy half past ten your head was goingDing dong ringin like a bellFrom your head down to your toesLike some voice tryin to tell youThere s somethin you should knowWoke up this mornin Got yourself a gunHe jumps on a horse, which they used to do, and goes and buys some guns, which they still do NOW READ ON I just finished watching the latest movie adaptation of Les Miserables and there is a song there about Red and Black I got excited because both Les Miserables and this book Scarlet and Black also known as Red and Black were both written by French novelists and set in the 19th century France So, when I heard the song being sung by those young actors in Les Miz I said so that s the other meaning of those colorsRed the blood of angry men Black the dark of ages past Red a world abo I just finished watching the latest movie adaptation of Les Miserables and there is a song there about Red and Black I got excited because both Les Miserables and this book Scarlet and Black also known as Red and Black were both written by French novelists and set in the 19th century France So, when I heard the song being sung by those young actors in Les Miz I said so that s the other meaning of those colorsRed the blood of angry men Black the dark of ages past Red a world about to dawn Black the night that ends at last Red the color of desire, black the color of despairHowever, in this Stendhal book, red is the color of the army but the protagonist, the handsome and smart Julien Sorel is born too late to join the army because Napoleon is already dead and it is the time of Bourbon Restoration and his only option to be rich and great is to join the church and its color is black.However, the two novels depict a different period in the 19th century France Red and Black is the period between Napoleonic empire and the 1830 Revolution that led to July Monarchy On the other hand, that rebellion in Les Miserables was called June Rebellion or Paris Uprising in 1832 and was an attempt to reverse the outcome of the 1830 Revolution in Red and Black.I read and enjoyed this book even prior to seeing the movie I already had a review in my mind for the book but when I saw the movie this evening, I got excited because it reminded me of those colors.I liked the book because it is easy to read and it has the ability to transport you to the 19th century France I love everything about France The book is a bildungsroman and at the same time a sociological satire It exposes the political tension leading to the 1830 revolution particularly depicting a society that was about to change that the dying aristocracy would no longer witness This reminded me of Leo Tolstoy s Anna Karenina that depicts Russia at its crossroad whether to stay traditional monarchy and all or adapt the western influences that ultimately paved way to communism I think countries about to metamorphose into something else have enough drama to serve as a backdrop for a great novel.Great book My first Stendhal and I am looking forward to reading his other novel, The Charterhouse of Parma {KINDLE} ã The Red and the Black á In December of , Marie Henri Beyle read a newspaper account of the trial of a young man charged with the attempted murder of a married woman 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 Considered one of literature s most complex characters, Sorel is cold, opportunistic, and uncompromising with others including his influential mistress as he seeks to fulfill his lust for power and wealth yet he is hopelessly victimized by his own romantic soul and by the military and religious forces the Red and the Black that prevail in all of France It s fairly easy to see why this book isn twell known as it was ahead of its time in 1830 and overshadowed by Flaubert, Balzac, and Hugo And despite the fact that some consider it among the first modern novels it is probably a bit too dated to appeal to amodern focused crowd I think I ve come to a perfect period in my reading where this makes perfect sense After Proust, Banffy and Zilahy another read about courtly high society was a tough sell but I persevered a bit exhausted It s fairly easy to see why this book isn twell known as it was ahead of its time in 1830 and overshadowed by Flaubert, Balzac, and Hugo And despite the fact that some consider it among the first modern novels it is probably a bit too dated to appeal to amodern focused crowd I think I ve come to a perfect period in my reading where this makes perfect sense After Proust, Banffy and Zilahy another read about courtly high society was a tough sell but I persevered a bit exhausted but wiser for my efforts Like Banffy and Zilahy Stendhal s work is predominately concerned with the psychological lives of socially engaged thinker outsiders Like Witkacy this means infinitelyinteresting and prone to emotional swings that are sometimes deadly and often sexy I imagine this was pretty racy stuff in the 1830 s as characters brush elbows as gently as the petals in the ornate gardens and meet their deaths with profoundly less subtlety The range of human feeling is rendered with a wide palette of interactions that are executed with a fine intelligence that never condescends and tells you exactly how to feel Who are the pious The justified The likeable You ll decide but only the most overtly hapless bores are worthy of disregard No sharp mind will be too bored but no dullard will be engaged As much and I enjoyed this it was work The prose isn t anything so difficult but it s all very contemplative and dense There s little alacrity in general but Stendhal has a subtle sense of humor that works much like Zilahy s Angry Angel nothing base or cheap The Red and the black is like a field guide to exploiting rich women who are so bored that they are happy to be dragged to hell just to have someone do something exciting to them Social climbing is seen as the worst sin that only results in calunmy and humiliation As in other similar dramas the victims are educated just enough to enter society and love sick enough to attract rogue genius up their ladders for a dangerous liaison This invariably leads to non marital impregnation, social downfall and subsequently death A scoundrel and the child of a scoundrel never occupy life together for long Pay close attention and you will learn fairly time tested formulas for attracting, conquering and devouring your prey if such things appeal to you But woe to thee that doesn t have the heart and mind to benefit from their advantages because like Witkacy made clear it s insatiability that invites Mephistopheles I just may never willingly read another French Hungarian Austrian 19 th century court drama again and there s free beer tomorrow Unlike Banffy and Zilahy Stendhal rarely shares a meal or several glasses of wine with the reader So the next time I won t not read a courtly screw and stew I think it will be set about 900 miles to the east of Paris and people will at least dance a czardas