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Red and the Black, Volume II

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Red and the Black, Volume II by Stendhal continues the captivating story of the young and ambitious protagonist, Julien Sorel. In this volume, we see Julien navigating the complexities of high society and politics as he tries to climb the social ladder.

Stendhal's writing is as sharp and insightful as ever, providing a deep psychological insight into the characters and their motivations. The commentary on the society of the time is thought-provoking and relevant even today.

The plot is full of twists and turns, keeping the reader engaged and eager to see what will happen next. Julien's internal struggle between his ambition and his morals adds a layer of complexity to the narrative that makes it more compelling.

Overall, Red and the Black, Volume II is a must-read for fans of classic literature and anyone interested in a gripping tale of ambition, love, and betrayal. Stendhal's masterful storytelling and vivid characters make this a book that will stay with you long after you finish reading it.

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Stendhal - a German pen-name for a French writer who hated the English. Contemporary to some of the great names of French literature like Balzac and Flaubert, Stendhal is quite often considered a writer that doesn't seem to fit a defined genre. Some say he's a Romantic, others that he's a Modernist and that Le Rouge et Le Noir is the first modern novel. On one point they are all agreed: the novel is a masterpiece that shows a young theology student - Julien Sorel - intelligent, handsome and who is determined to rise above his humble peasant origins. Stendhal presents the reader with a satirical plot that will involve you in passions, intrigues, last-minute reversals and, mostly, the hypocrisy by which society operates.

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