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5.0 out of 5 stars Same old story
But what I expected. Unless you know a little about the history of the period it can be a little tedious. However, today it is valuable for its political and social background.
Published 8 months ago by H Wells

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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and insighful
I liked the book but not Scott Moncrieff's translation from the French. It gives a good picture of provincial life in France at that time.
Published 1 month ago by octo


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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and insighful, 4 Jun 2014
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I liked the book but not Scott Moncrieff's translation from the French. It gives a good picture of provincial life in France at that time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading, 5 Mar 2014
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Not what I expected but eminently readable and worthwhile. Not much seemed to be happening but you cared about the people and wanted to know what came next. A good analysis of French society around the 1830s. Not that you need to know anything about the historical period.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It pays to persevere, 4 Dec 2013
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This translation didn't have any breaks in the text when the scene and the characters changed. So it was a bit confusing to start with. Also it might be a good idea to know something of French history just post Napoleon. Well, they are all a cynical snobbish arrogant bunch of hypocrites. But our hero, the low-born and barely likeable Julien, outperforms them all. Wonderful prose.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Same old story, 17 Oct 2013
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But what I expected. Unless you know a little about the history of the period it can be a little tedious. However, today it is valuable for its political and social background.
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