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The Charterhouse of Parma

The Charterhouse of Parma (Everyman's Library, #102)The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

There are some amusing passages in The Charterhouse of Parma, particularly the early sequence of young Fabrizio running around the field of battle at Waterloo seeking meaningful adventure but stumbling into one misadventure after another.

What most surprised me was that this book read like a much older style of novel, with a weird series of various plots all piled up together with almost no connecting thread and no psychological depth. By the time Stendhal wrote the novel had already reached well beyond this state.

Almost every interesting and good turn to the story is immediately followed by a completely wasteful development. And the ending was awful.

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