Stendhal • The Red and the Black

I’m still working out what I want these reviews to be, trying to develop my voice while holding onto the delight I’ve been experiencing as I begin reading consistently again for the first time in years. This process makes reviewing classics like The Red and the Black by Stendhal a rather imposing task, since I know whatever I write will be inadequate, particularly because I was bored for large chunks of the novel as the plot whirred away and Stendhal exhausted his barbs.

So here are a few words on The Red and the Black. I read Catherine Slater’s translation for Oxford, and I thought it was very readable.

Stendhal, The Red and the Black, trans. Catherine Slater. 1830 novel about an ambitious young man in post-Napoleonic France. Tepidly recommended.

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