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The Charterhouse of Parma

Henri Beyle Stendhal

Marie-Henri Beyle (January 23, 1783 - March 23, 1842), better known by his penname Stendhal, was a 19th-century French writer. Known for his acute analysis of his characters' psychology, he is considered one of the earliest and foremost practitioners of realism. The Charterhouse of Parma is often cited as an early example of realism, a stark contrast to the Romantic style popular while Stendhal was writing. It is considered by many authors to be a truly seminal work; HonorE de Balzac considered it the most significant novel of his time, AndrE Gide thought it the greatest French novel ever. The Charterhouse of Parma tells the story of the young Italian noble Fabrizio del Dongo and his misadventures during the age of Napoleon. The events center in the town of Parma and a castle on Lake Como, both in Italy, but other sites across Europe are also featured, including the Battle of Waterloo, at which Fabrizio fights for Napoleon. Fabrizio's aunt, the femme fatale Gina, Duchess of Sanseverina, and her innamorato, the scheming Prime Minister, Count Mosca, concoct a plot to advance Fabrizio's career in the court of Parma. Gina is subject to the unwelcome advances of the obnoxious Prince Ranuce-Erneste IV, which she is engaged in repelling. It could easily be argued that Gina and Count Mosca are the true heroes of the novel. Fabrizio is arrested for murder and imprisoned in the Farnese tower, from which he escapes with a rope; he also has a difficult love affair with his jailer's daughter, Clelia. Ostensibly a romantic thriller, interwoven with intrigue and military episodes, the novel also features Stendhal's acute grasp of human nature and psychology. A well-written, thrilling suspense story--a must-have for classic literature fans!

Marie-Henri Beyle (January 23, 1783 - March 23, 1842), better known by his penname Stendhal, was a 19th-century French writer. Known for his acute analysis of his characters' psychology, he is considered one of the earliest and foremost practitioners of realism. The Charterhouse of Parma is often cited as an early example of realism, a stark contrast to the Romantic style popular while Stendhal was writing. It is considered by many authors to be a truly seminal work; HonorE de Balzac considered it the most significant novel of his time, AndrE Gide thought it the greatest French novel ever. The Charterhouse of Parma tells the story of the young Italian noble Fabrizio del Dongo and his misadventures during the age of Napoleon. The events center in the town of Parma and a castle on Lake Como, both in Italy, but other sites across Europe are also featured, including the Battle of Waterloo, at which Fabrizio fights for Napoleon. Fabrizio's aunt, the femme fatale Gina, Duchess of Sanseverina, and her innamorato, the scheming Prime Minister, Count Mosca, concoct a plot to advance Fabrizio's career in the court of Parma. Gina is subject to the unwelcome advances of the obnoxious Prince Ranuce-Erneste IV, which she is engaged in repelling. It could easily be argued that Gina and Count Mosca are the true heroes of the novel. Fabrizio is arrested for murder and imprisoned in the Farnese tower, from which he escapes with a rope; he also has a difficult love affair with his jailer's daughter, Clelia. Ostensibly a romantic thriller, interwoven with intrigue and military episodes, the novel also features Stendhal's acute grasp of human nature and psychology. A well-written, thrilling suspense story--a must-have for classic literature fans!
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Classics

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Marie-Henri Beyle (January 23, 1783 - March 23, 1842), better known by his penname Stendhal, was a 19th-century French writer. Known for his acute analysis of his characters' psychology, he is considered one of the earliest and foremost practitioners of realism. The Charterhouse of Parma is often cited as an early example of realism, a stark contrast to the Romantic style popular while Stendhal was writing. It is considered by many authors to be a truly seminal work; HonorE de Balzac considered it the most significant novel of his time, AndrE Gide thought it the greatest French novel ever. The Charterhouse of Parma tells the story of the young Italian noble Fabrizio del Dongo and his misadventures during the age of Napoleon. The events center in the town of Parma and a castle on Lake Como, both in Italy, but other sites across Europe are also featured, including the Battle of Waterloo, at which Fabrizio fights for Napoleon. Fabrizio's aunt, the femme fatale Gina, Duchess of Sanseverina, and her innamorato, the scheming Prime Minister, Count Mosca, concoct a plot to advance Fabrizio's career in the court of Parma. Gina is subject to the unwelcome advances of the obnoxious Prince Ranuce-Erneste IV, which she is engaged in repelling. It could easily be argued that Gina and Count Mosca are the true heroes of the novel. Fabrizio is arrested for murder and imprisoned in the Farnese tower, from which he escapes with a rope; he also has a difficult love affair with his jailer's daughter, Clelia. Ostensibly a romantic thriller, interwoven with intrigue and military episodes, the novel also features Stendhal's acute grasp of human nature and psychology. A well-written, thrilling suspense story--a must-have for classic literature fans!

Language:

English

Narrators:

Edoardo Ballerini

Length:

19h 34m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

37:25


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

47:56


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

37:17


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

44:25


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

49:44


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

52:01


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

38:04


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

43:50


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

35:32


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

20:25


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

15:50


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

51:23


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

31:39


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

56:25


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

43:57


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

37:23


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

38:25


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

32:48


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

44:08


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

37:55


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

52:48


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

43:23


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

40:16


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

47:39


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

44:08


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

42:55


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

35:28


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

32:30


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

37:34


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

01:33