Posted by Marie-Bernadette on June 29, 1998 at 14:08:04:
In response to Between Austen and the Brontes, written by Kay on June 29, 1998 at 10:05:45
And have any of you read "The Red and the Black." Most of us read it earlier and enjoyed the character of Julien Sorel more in our younger days. Is this a young person's book?
Oh! I loved The Red and the Black! I love Stendhal! I read TRATB last year and I'm 30 now. I don't think I would have appreciated or understood it much when I was in high school or my early 20's, but then my interest in literature has grown significantly in the past five years or so. Wasn't Julien Sorel fascinating? Both hero and villain at the same time. Capable of intense love and feeling but also great impulsiveness. Stendhal put a lot of himself into that character and his Mathilde must have been patterned after Mathilde Viscontini Dembowski. Stendhal himself was quite fascinating and, I think, very much ahead of his time.
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