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Refresh and try again. Lucien Leuwen by Stendhal. Howard Olsen ‘s review Sep 28, This is an “unfinished” book; but, if you are a Stendhal fan, that should not stop you from reading this.

The differences are intriguing enough to warrant your attention. There is very little of the biting wit in Stendhal’s other works maybe he was planning to add some The hero Lucien is not a rage-filled outsider trying to will his way into the circles of power in Paris, as is Julian Sorel.

Instead, Lucien is a rich kid – the son of an investment banker – who easily moves into Paris’ salons of power. The relationship between father and son is also very different from those in other works of Stendhal – Lucien loves his father, looks up to him, and has a very good relationship with him. Lucien uses his connections to join a regiment of Lancers, which is posted in the garrison town of Nancy.

The parts of the book set in Nancy are the most worthwhile parts, as these are the sections that Stendhal seems to have spent luccien most time crafting. The characters are often brilliantly stendnal – young flirts, corrupt corporals, pompous, old veterans endlessly reliving their days under Napoleon, the village doctor – all come to life. Although Stendhal makes clear that he thinks the people of Nancy are petty and provincial, he still manages to make many of them very appealing.


If you just read the first part of this book, titled “The Green Huntsman,” you will find a lot to enjoy. Unlike most unfinished books by famous writers like, say, the “Man Without Qualities” or “Felix Krull””Lucien” does reach an end of sorts. The problem is that Leuween never really finished tinkering with it. The tone of the book not to mention the plot tends to shift abruptly.

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Lucien’s character is not fully formed. At times he is a naif, at others a world-weary cynic, at others a smirking ironist. Some scenes are overwritten, while others seem dashed off.

Similarly, some plot points are barely sketched out while others like a provincial election that Lucien supervises seem to go on and on. Actually, the only fully realized portion of the stenndhal is the slow development of the love affair between Lucien and a rich widow in Nancy. This is not surprising, as Stendhal dedicated his life as a writer to drawing psychologically astute portraits of love’s growth, flowering, luciien decay. A bigger hurdle for today’s reader is the book’s political content.

Stendhal is, among other things, drawing a portrait of the political changes roiling France. While Louis-Phillipe was a return to the rule of kings after the years of revolution and empire, his reign also represented the ascent of the bourgeois – represented by Lucien’s banker father – to the pinnacle of French political life.

In Nancy, many of the stenchal are die-hard royalists ultras. Lucien’s lover luucien an ultra and he repeatedly chastises himself for this.

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Lucien is suspected of being a “republican” today we would call him an Obama voterbut he denies this, and it is clear that “republican” was a dirty name back then. Like julian Sorel, Lucien is mostly interested in power, and he is in a position to observe the lkcien exercise of the power of the French state.


His Lancers are sent to a neighboring town to suppress a rebellion by some workers, who did not yet have the benefit of trade unionism or the “Communist Manifesto. Stendhal makes clear that he considers the new rule of the bourgeois to be inherently corrupt as the bankers and businessmen who are backing the government wield their power to enrich themselves, rather than for the good of France.

The politics in this book is very interesting.

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However, the names, places, and events that Stendhal refers to in these segments would tax someone with a Sgendhal in French history. If you read this book, I would strongly recommend reading an edition with as many footnotes as possible. Sign into Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read Lucien Leuwen. Nov 23, I’d say the reverse: Feb 14, Search for a book to add a reference.

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