Charterhouse of Parma

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    Reading this now. Anyone have some thoughts on this?
    It was recommended to me recently. Nothing else to say, really. The person recommending it though it was fantastic.
     


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    I do love me some Stendhal, but I am biased.
     


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    I love Stendhal. "The Red and the Black" is my favourite of his works, but I do have a big spot saved for "The Charterhouse of Parma". What do you think of it so far? I read the book quite a number of years ago so the plotline isn't as vivid in my mind. I do remember being immensely entertained by the unintentional idiot, Fabrizio, who inspired my skype username. I don't know what else to say really except that Stendhal's protagonists are all simultaneously lovable and loathsome leaving you anxiety-ridden and hoping they'll make it through all right. Also, the Duchess is awesome.

    Your post has reminded me of this wonderful book and now I feel I must find my copy and read it again.
     


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    I love Stendhal. "The Red and the Black" is my favourite of his works, but I do have a big spot saved for "The Charterhouse of Parma". What do you think of it so far? I read the book quite a number of years ago so the plotline isn't as vivid in my mind. I do remember being immensely entertained by the unintentional idiot, Fabrizio, who inspired my skype username. I don't know what else to say really except that Stendhal's protagonists are all simultaneously lovable and loathsome leaving you anxiety-ridden and hoping they'll make it through all right. Also, the Duchess is awesome.

    Your post has reminded me of this wonderful book and now I feel I must find my copy and read it again.


    I find it a languid read. Enjoyable, but not compelling.
     


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    Whose translation are you reading?
     


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    I was bored by Red and Black (it must have seemed very courant at the time, but man is it tedious now), but CofO was riveting.
     


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    I've always liked Stendhal's quote about ice cream. Something like "It's such a pity that this isn't a sin."
     


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    I was bored by Red and Black (it must have seemed very courant at the time, but man is it tedious now), but CofO was riveting.

    What is CofO?
     


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    I meant P.
     


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    I meant P.

    That was my guess, but as I am not up on Standahl's entire output I wasn't sure if you were referring to something else.

    You really found Charterhouse riveting? As in - this is so exciting I don't want to put it down as I need to know what happens next? Not me. I like reading it while I am reading it, but give it no thought when I am not.
     


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    That was my guess, but as I am not up on Standahl's entire output I wasn't sure if you were referring to something else.

    You really found Charterhouse riveting? As in - this is so exciting I don't want to put it down as I need to know what happens next? Not me. I like reading it while I am reading it, but give it no thought when I am not.


    It gets very exciting when he goes to jail. I read it ten years ago, so my memory may be off.
     


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    I love this book - but mainly for the Waterloo chapters. Now and then I go back and read that sequence. I found the rest of the book a let down, although the duchess is an excellent character.
     


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