Gina M M itibaren Dumacem, Goa, Hindistan
The Red and the Black is a stunning piece of work. Stendhal's a difficult writer, but the Red and the Black was, at times, this really fun soap opera. I felt that way about certain parts of the Charterhouse of Parma. I liked the opening, where Fabrizio is joining up with Napoleon, and I loved the whole part where he was in the Farnese Tower and all the aftermath of that. Other than that, I have a lot of trouble with lengthy passages detailing courtly intrigue. Maybe I'm just a damaged human, my soul corroded by the insidious forces of late capitalism, and I can't appreciate or even understand noblesse oblige and the true meaning of chivalry. Whatever. I still can dig what Stendhal was going for, even if it's not exactly my style.
I really would give this 4.5 stars. I couldn't put it down! It is a story told in such a beautiful way. I thought it was magical, sad, and yet delightful, all at the same time.