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The Charterhouse of Parma


Book Overview: 

This book is more often called The Charterhouse of Parma in English, because "Charterhouse" is the English word for a Carthusian monastery, whereas "Chartreuse" is the French word.

The book tells the life of a Lombard nobleman, born soon after the appearance of Napoleon's army in Italy. He has many adventures in love, war, politics, and the Church. The politics and the Church part of his life result from his doting aunt's becoming the Prime Minister's mistress, and the power behind the throne, in the Duchy of Parma.

The Prime Minister is a wish-fulfillment depiction of the author. Although nobody lives happily ever after, it is a happy book to read, quite unlike "The Red and the Black".

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Standard 19th century French novel? Not even close. This book defies almost every convention of the novel, and it was written before any of those conventions were even recognized! No hero, no heroine, no real plot; no morality lesson; Machiavellian politics for everyone; love doesn't conquer all; lo

« ...این کتاب که بر ضد ستمگری و خودکامگی است، در واقع صومعه‌ای است که ستون‌هایش بر تاریخ خودکامگان قرن هجدهم برپاست، درهایش بر بندگان و رعایا و بورژواهای کوچک بسته است، هر سنگش از نخوت و خودپسندی، نیرنگ و پستی و هوس پرداخته شده است و همان‌گونه که از نامش پیداست، مذهب مانند چادر تمام آن را از چشم ظاه


Dacă veți verifica, romanele pe care le-am pus sub eticheta „biblioteca afectivă” sînt exact acelea pe care nu le pot judeca rațional, rece, sobru, ci doar afectiv (sau sentimental) dintr-o pricină evidentă: le-am citit pentru prima dată cu mulți-mulți ani în urmă (în colegiu, să

Stendhal depicts both the amorous passion and the predilection for court intrigue present in the Italian character, yet he does this with an irony and a political analysis indisputably French, thereby producing not only a great realistic novel but a work which comments on the romantic novels that ha

A long twisting tale of love and intrigue.
Masterful story telling. Fun to read.

JR was writing a little note on a piece of parchment when a cry was heard outside his door. ‘Bring him here, the rascal. I shall have his head cut off!’ There was a commotion and the door was opened and he recognized Conte Crescenzi, quite inebriated, and spouting forth such obscenities that would h

A sprawling, sloppy, often-exhilarating read. It is an almost absolute middle point between Tom Jones (the handsome lead, the vignette-y style, the wonderful humor, the slapsticky regard for human life, the excess coincidences that characterize the early novel) and War and Peace, which it clearly in

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