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The red and the black

Author: Stendhal; C K Scott-Moncrieff; Rafaello Busoni; Hamilton Basso
Publisher: Norwalk, Conn. : Easton Press, ©1980.
Series: 100 greatest books ever written
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : Collector's edView all editions and formats
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The protagonist, Julien Sorel, is a driven and intelligent man, but equally fails to understand much about the ways of the world he sets out to conquer. He harbours many romantic illusions, and becomes little more than a pawn in the political machinations of the influential and ruthless people who surround him. Stendhal uses his flawed hero to satirize French society of the time, particularly the hypocrisy and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stendhal; C K Scott-Moncrieff; Rafaello Busoni; Hamilton Basso
OCLC Number: 18418161
Notes: "The 100 Greatest Books Ever Written"--Title page verso.
"The frontispiece portrait was specially commissioned"--Title page verso.
Description: xvii, 450 pages : color illustrations, portrait ; 27 cm.
Series Title: 100 greatest books ever written
Other Titles: Rouge et le noir.
Responsibility: by Marie-Henri Beyle (Stendahl) ; translated by C.K. Scott-Moncrieff ; introduction by Hamilton Basso ; illustrated by Rafaello Busoni.

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The protagonist, Julien Sorel, is a driven and intelligent man, but equally fails to understand much about the ways of the world he sets out to conquer. He harbours many romantic illusions, and becomes little more than a pawn in the political machinations of the influential and ruthless people who surround him. Stendhal uses his flawed hero to satirize French society of the time, particularly the hypocrisy and materialism of its aristocracy and the Roman Catholic Church, and to foretell a radical change in French society that will remove both of those forces from their positions of power. The red and the black of the title are the contrasting colors of the army uniform of the times and of the robes of priests, respectively. Julien Sorel observes early on in the novel that, under the Bourbon restoration it is impossible for a man of his class to distinguish himself in the army (as he might have done under Napoleon); now, only a career in the Church offers social advancement and glory.--Wikipedia.

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