Stendhal's The Red and the Black
Please join us in reading and discussing Stendhal's superlative novel The Red and the Black. We will be gathering every other Sunday at 4:30-7:00 p.m. around the Big Table in the back of the bookstore for five meetings (January 6, January 20, February 3, February 17, March 3), then we'll move on to the next works in our series.*
Participation is free, but donations of $10 or so per meeting are suggested to help support the bookstore, which provides us with a pleasant meeting space and complimentary wine, sandwiches, and cookies.
For more information, please contact Ken Knabb -- firstname.lastname@example.org.
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"Hardly another man of letters has been as much a man of the world as Stendhal. Napoleon’s commissary officer on the retreat from Moscow; consul in Civita Vecchia, the port of Rome; wit of the salons of the Empire and terror of those of the Restoration; lover of actresses, courtesans, and noblewomen — this is a man to whom words were always instruments of action. He is an adult writing for adults. . . . In its sharp definition, breathless pace, crowded frames, melodrama, The Red and the Black anticipates the methods of the cinema. But its characters are like so many modern people whose disasters are spread on the newspapers: they seem to have seen too many movies. As the novel progresses, their actions acquire an ever-increasing, ever more agonizing ridiculousness. The hero, Julien Sorel, is destroyed by the mean unreality of the world in which his Napoleonic campaigns of sex and ambition are planned. His battles must be fought not with armies, but with the limitless fraud of organized society. The Red and the Black is the first black comedy." (Kenneth Rexroth).