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Sociopath or ambitious young man - Check out Julien Sorel, 4 Nov. 2011
Shocking to see this wonderful classic has only one review, so I am adding mine while still only on page 150 and still have another few hundred to go.
Stendhal is a master story-teller, portraying his characters and locations so vividly as to make them feel contemporary rather than belonging to a couple of centuries ago.
The beginning of the story has the reader unequivocally on the side of the protagonist Julien Sorel. He is an abused young man, sensitive and slight and therefore a disappointment to his father who has more use for his bulkier sons who are better suited to working at the family saw-mill.
When Julien's fortunes improve, however, with him taken on as a teacher at the Mayor's house and inspiring the love of the Mayor's naive wife, Julien's urge to manipulate quickly alienates the reader. He is cold and consistently calculating, manifesting the traits of what would now be called a sociopath.
Can't wait to see how the story unfolds. I am engrossed - naturellementand shall complete my review once I've finished the book!