Tag Archives: Stendhal

Patrick O’Brian, “The Reverse of the Medal”

Oh wow, are you sitting down? Major Literary Discovery here. I was happily absorbed in The Reverse of the Medal when PLOT SPOILER (sorry) I got to the section when Jack is imprisoned at the Marshalsea — what we might … Continue reading

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Patrick O’Brian, “The Surgeon’s Mate”

Wait. Maybe The Surgeon’s Mate is even more my favorite Aubrey/Maturin than The Fortune of War. The jolly atmosphere and humor persist, but this book includes the long section where Stephen and Jack are imprisoned in the Temple, the notorious … Continue reading

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Emile Zola, “La Debacle/The Downfall”

Another long silence, but I’ve been helping Emile Zola fight the Franco-Prussian war, and it’s taken a long time. Didn’t turn out too well, either: after all, Zola called his book La Débâcle for a reason. Just to get you … Continue reading

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Stendhal, “La Chartreuse de Parme”/”The Charterhouse of Parma”

Ooooh, Fabrice. That’s what all the ladies think when they see him. And now that I know that Gerard Philipe played him in a 1948 film, I’ve got a face to put to the name — Fabrice del Dongo, the … Continue reading

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