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Review: The Red and the Black

Title: The Red and the Black

Author: Stendhal

Handsome, ambitious Julien Sorel is determined to rise above his humble provincial origins. Soon realizing that success can only be achieved by adopting the subtle code of hypocrisy by which society operates, he begins to achieve advancement through deceit and self-interest.

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A Tartuffian Enterprise

by cheri

Moliere’s 17th-century comedy Tartuffe is about the character Tartuffe who ensconces himself into Orgon’s house as a deeply religious man and then seduces Orgon’s wife, Elmire. 378 more words


Observations Halfway Through Stendhal's The Red and the Black

I love the process of reaching the halfway point of a lengthy read, under the pretense you’ve got everything figured out, only to realize that the plot refused to play out the way you thought it would in the second half nor were the characters who you particularly thought they were. 945 more words

Sunday Mornings

Sometimes it’s the simple things in life. I actually drive this mantra home way more often than I should. I might not post the straightforward, mind-numbing quotes on social media, but I certainly apply them in my mind. 832 more words

Quote of the day, April 21

Stendahl, from The Red and Black

“A novel is a mirror walking along a main road.”


'The Red and the Black' by Stendhal

First of all, I’d like to mention it’s not my usual type of reading. My colleagues read this and some of them are really excited by the book. 371 more words

The Red and the Black, Stendhal

This novel is set in France in the 1820s. The hero is Julien Sorel, who starts the novel as a 19 year old peasant, who has a remarkable intelligence and ability to learn and remember texts, and who has a deep fascination with Napoleon. 329 more words

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