The Red and the Black

The Red and the Black

Book - 2002
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Handsome and ambitious, Julien Sorel is determined to rise above his humble peasant origins and make something of his life. To do this, he realizes he must adopt the code of hypocrisy by which society operates, achieving advancement through deceit and self-interest. His triumphant career takes him from the provinces to glamorous Paris society, along the way conquering the beautiful, gentle Madame de Renal, unhappy wife of his employer, and then the haughty, aristocratic Mathilde, engaged to another man. But he brings about his own downfall when he commits an unexpected, devastating crime.
Publisher: London : Penguin Books, 2002.
ISBN: 9780140447644
Characteristics: xxix, 576 pages ;,20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Gard, Roger - Contributor


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Oct 18, 2020

"Your career will be difficult. I see you in something that offends the common herd."
Along with "The Charterhouse of Parma," Stendhal's key novel and an incredibly important book in the development of the genre. Despite its age, it feels fresh, sardonic, and relevant today.

Jul 29, 2011

Callow youth and the noble dust. This classic just gets better and better the second time round. I had forgotten how accurate a description of the young mind Stendhal made. If you suspect you have, or had, just one or two youthful pretensions, this could really amuse you.

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