The Princesse de Clèves

Poised between the fading world of chivalric romance and a new psychological realism, Madame de Lafayette s novel of passion and self deception marks a turning point in the history of the novel When it first appeared anonymously in 1678 in the heyday of French classicism, it aroused fierce controversy among critics and readers, in particular for the extraordinary confessiPoised between the fading world of chivalric romance and a new psychological realism, Madame de Lafayette s novel of passion and self deception marks a turning point in the history of the novel When it first appeared anonymously in 1678 in the heyday of French classicism, it aroused fierce controversy among critics and readers, in particular for the extraordinary confession which forms the climax of the story.
The Princesse de Cl ves Poised between the fading world of chivalric romance and a new psychological realism Madame de Lafayette s novel of passion and self deception marks a turning point in the history of the novel When i

  • Title: The Princesse de Clèves
  • Author: Madame de La Fayette Robin Buss
  • ISBN: 9780140445879
  • Page: 423
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Il falò della passione "La principessa di Cleves" viene giustamente considerato uno dei romanzi più belli da quando esiste la letteratura.L'autrice, Madame de Lafayette, era una dama della corte di Luigi XIV, il Re Sole. Siamo quindi in pieno Seicento. L'opera, che riflette la vita cortigiana di quel tempo, è però ambientata un secolo prima, presumo per ovvi motivi di opportunità.Il libro è frutto di approfondite ricerche storiche : collocato all'epoca di Enrico II, entrano in scena person [...]

    2. This classic of early French literature was published in 1678 anonymously, but was later attributed to Madame de LaFayette. It is set in 1558-59 France in the court of King Henry II. It's historical fiction and by most accounts it's fairly accurate in it's portrayal of the people and events of the era. It's the story of a young girl sent to court to find a husband, marries a prince then falls in love with a duke. The intrigues and little dramas that surround these events play out through the nov [...]

    3. The idea here was to read this and another short book by the same author for a Literary Birthday Challenge. This book sounded so interesting: the court of Henry The Second of France, with all the intrigue and goings-on that nobility do so well. Enter our young heroine, Mademoiselle de Chartres, whose mother wants to arrange a proper match for her.Okay so far, but it took paragraphs and paragraphs of names and titles to get to this point. I thought about quitting after needing to go over this sen [...]

    4. The first half is rough going--every sentence seems to namedrop at least two members of the French aristocracy, and it is impossible to keep track of who is being mentioned for the first time, and who has already been referred to six lines back. But there comes a point where the narrative suddenly clears and it becomes obvious how this rather tortured excursion through the labyrinthine French royal court not only serves to set the stage, but emphasizes the countless dangers and social traps the [...]

    5. I read this book in French, and as a result of this missed a lot of the smaller details of this book because despite taking French for seven years now I still can't really read it. But I got the main idea, and what I understood I really liked. The book's actually pretty exciting - there's lots of court intrigue, tournaments, plot digressions involving the misplacement of a Very Important Letter (on that note, isn't it amazing how many older books like this have plot points that revolve around Ve [...]

    6. No one is more surprised than me at how much I liked this book because this is not my kind of book at all. But the writing was so addicting and the storyline was so interesting.Around The Year in 52 Books Challenge #8 - A classic with less than 200 pages

    7. God, what a heartbreaking novel. Even while I suspected where it would go, I held on to the hope that maybe it wouldn't go there. Ultimately it did and my poor heart could not take it. Move over Romeo and Juliet, the Duke of Nemours and the Princess of Clèves are the patron saints of star-crossed lovers.The beginning is a chore to get through. The name dropping of the everyone in the French Court is supposed to give you a sense of place along with a cast of characters but it just ended up confu [...]

    8. Un véritable coup de coeur. La description du sentiment amoureux, les descriptions des personnes, les intrigues de la cour de France, j'ai adoré ! L'abnégation de la la princesse, la constance de son mari, et l'amour du duc forcent le respect :)

    9. Madame de la Fayette è perfida, perfida!Vi siete letti (volevo dire "lette", ma poi ho pensato all'eventualità di maschietti appassionati ai romanzi rosa, non si sa mai) tutti i romanzi della Austen e delle Bronte, e non sapete più dove andare a pescare cibo per la vostra fame di classici rosa? Non cercate tanto una lettura sensazionale, ma più una lettura degna dei nomi qua sopra? Optate per Madame de la Fayette, considerate anche lei, che poverina, ai giorni nostri non se la caga più ness [...]

    10. Υπάρχουν βιβλία των οποίων η ιστορική αξία είναι σημαντικότερη από την λογοτεχνική, τουλάχιστον για τον σύγχρονο αναγνώστη. Σε αυτήν την κατηγορία θεωρώ ότι ανήκει και αυτό εδώ το έργο που καθώς εκδόθηκε στα 1678 είναι από τα πρώτα μυθιστορήματα. Πέρα από αυτό όμως τίποτα.Εί [...]

    11. Il y a quelque chose de touchant, presque romantique (et non, ce n’est pas une contradiction en termes) dans cet idéal humain à qui songeaient les classiques avec leur « honnête homme » qui parvenait toujours à maîtriser ses passions à l’aide de sa raison. Il dérive, ce quelque chose, de l’opposition entre l’apparente sérénité qu’ils convoitaient en proclamant la suprématie de la raison, et la violence des passions qu’ils s’efforçaient d’apprivoiser et de cacher, op [...]

    12. A la cour d'Henri II, une jeune noble est rongée par des scrupules que lui inspirent l'empire d'une passion pour le beau Nemours, dont elle sait quelle est aimée, alors qu'elle est mariée à M de Cleves qui l'aime tout autant, tandis qu'elle n'éprouve pour lui que du respect. L'honneur guide toutes les conduites en ces temps, et prévenue des suites ennuyantes qui pourraient s'abattre sur elle si elle cédait aux appels de son cœur, elle combat cet amour en dissimulant ses sentiments et en [...]

    13. Mme de Lafayette wrote this during the reign of Louis XIV but the novel is set in the court of Henri II when his queen is Catherine de Medici, the young Mary Queen of Scots is his daughter-in-law and Diana de Poitiers was his mistress. As a courtier herself, Mme de Lafayette knew intimately the intrigues and gossip that went on at court and she conveys that magnificently.The young and very beautiful Madame de Cleves comes to court, is married rapidly to a man whom she admires and respects but ca [...]

    14. A little too far back into French literary history for me. This is one of the earliest French “novels,” inasmuch as it tells historical events with inaccuracies. These inaccuracies form the “fiction” part of what is ostensibly an historical account of events at court over a century earlier. Madame de LaFayette might not even be the author/chronicler of this tale! What intrigue! What potential for interpretation! The prose is what one might call “prehensile” and the story what one mig [...]

    15. Superbe roman d'amour : un débat intérieur sur la conduite morale de la princesse de Clèves procède à un véritable examen de conscience. Madame de La Fayette garde des éléments de la tradition romanesque courtoise et précieuse. Mais c'est la "conclusion" du roman que je préfère : la princesse de Clèves aspire à une idéalisation de l'amour qui ne peut s'arrêter d'exister qu'à son paroxysme.

    16. N.B.: I have never studied French literature and in fact was completely unaware of this work's existence until a week and a half ago. So, although I am going to praise the work of Terence Cave in translating, introducing, and annotating La princesse de Clèves, please don't believe a word I say!I'm going to come back and put in a paragraph here about how there was one sentence in Daniel Pennac's The Rights of the Reader that made me want to read this book right away. But I want to quote that sen [...]

    17. La Princesse de ClèvesMadame de La Fayette (1634 – 1693)This is considered the first modern love story in the setting of the royal court of Henry II, 16th century.Madame de La Fayette born in 1634, knows the history and the rules at the royal court of Louis XIV by personal experience and composes her novel in a style that is considered ‘classic’, simple, credible, conservative and what is called ‘precious’. A noble language.For me, the first thirty pages, were quite difficult to absor [...]

    18. Šta je čast u poređenju s ljubavlju žene? Šta je dužnost u poređenju sa držanjem novorođenog sina u naručju ili uspomenom na bratovljev smeh? Vetar i reči. Vetar i reči. Mi smo samo ljudi, i bogovi su nas stvorili za ljubav. To je naša velika slava, i naša velika nesreća. - Igra prestola, Džordž R. R. MartinBudući da je moj stav takav, možete samo zamisliti kako mi je bilo frustrirajuće da čitam kraj ove knjige. Gospođa de Klev je izuzetno inteligentan i pronicljiv lik, nar [...]

    19. Bedazzled by all the functional name-dropping and court-gossip, I can see through all the intrigues a very good psychological portrait of the main character. JM

    20. Aside from its significance in literary history (the first example of the modern psychological novel), this book provides some useful background reading for Proust. The constellation of royal and noble families in which the Baron de Charlus, in particular, is always elucidating his position, is shown here at its apex of dominance.The plot itself includes a few devices that were probably already hackneyed in 1678 (overhearing a crucial conversation while hiding in some bower), but includes quite [...]

    21. This was written in the mid-seventeenth century, so I shouldn’t have expected much from it. Nevertheless, the stilted, utterly artificial dialog, the smothering moral tone, and the rampant historical inaccuracies were even worse than I’d thought. By the end of the first chapter, I gave in and looked up the plot. SPOILERS:Yes, it is true: having lived completely blamelessly in an arranged marriage, the main character (for whom I never felt anything but amused contempt) does indeed DIE in a CO [...]

    22. I can easily see why someone would enjoy this--court politics! beautiful clothes! rakish love interest! verbal fencing!--but I found it hard reading. Everyone seems to have a nickname, a full name, several titles, etc, and they're referred to each indiscriminately. Plus, I have a hard time with any novel that assumes that just thinking about another person is The Worst Adultery Ever, so the ending (view spoiler)[ (where the Princess's husband finally dies, but the Princess feels so guilty that s [...]

    23. Un peu déçue par cet oeuvre dont j'avais entendu beaucoup de bien. J'ai aimé l'écriture de La Fayette mais c'est tout. J'ai trouvé l'histoire du triangle amoureux, de la complexité des sentiments et des enjeux socio-politique de l'époque absolument pas passionnants dans ce roman. Je me suis un peu ennuyée et pas du tout attachée au personnage.

    24. I've had this book sitting on my shelf since a college Humanities course, and it tickled my fancy for a heavier holiday read. Once I began reading the introduction and some of the analytic essays, I discovered that this book is an acclaimed French classic, considered one of the forerunners of the novel genre. I really need to brush up on my French literature.The story is about Mademoiselle de Chartres, a newcomer to the French court. She quickly becomes the Princess de Cleves when she marries Mo [...]

    25. ¿Una novela histórica escrita el siglo XVII ambientada en la corte francesa del siglo XVI? Créedme, ante esta premisa yo era más escéptica que nadie. El elogio de "la primera novela moderna" es un elogio que pesa como una losa. La empecé más por curiosidad intelectual que por un verdadero interés personal. Y me ha sorprendido. Me ha sorprendido gratamente. Me ha sorprendido lo mucho que me ha llegado a gustar. Lo bien que me lo he pasado. Se puede leer como una novela histórica que retr [...]

    26. Paris, France sometime in the 17th century. There's the king, the queen and the rest of the nobility, one of whom is the very young, stunningly beautiful Mme de Cleves who is married to M. de Cleves (who loves her but whom she has no passion for). Then there's the playboy Duc de Nemours, described as "nature's masterpiece" and "the most handsome and the most nobly built man in the world.""Infidelity" could qualify as a modern title for this book. Or maybe "Gossips." The main plot and the sub-plo [...]

    27. I think I said in another thread that I was not a particular fan of romance novels but that there must be one or two worth reading. The Princesse de Clèves I found to be one of them.This is a true historical novel in that, though first published in 1678, describes the French court of about 100 years earlier. It starts out in a rather confusing way to describe many of the people - kings, queens, etc. - and their relationships and alliances. Frankly, I couldn't quite keep it straight, but fortuna [...]

    28. In style and subject matter, this book reminded me of a Jane Austen novel, with all the social scandal, hidden feelings, arranged marriages, and more. Only instead of the wacky hijinks and misunderstandings surrounding poor English girls with little dowry, it's the wacky hijinks and misunderstandings surrounding the French court during Henri II's reign.I did rather enjoy the book, despite its sad ending, lengthy bits of dialogue between lengthy bits of description and back stories, and the first [...]

    29. Madame de Lafayette's classic tale of intrigue and love translated and freely dramatised by Jo Clifford.Set in the 16th Century, the play follows the life of a beautiful young lady newly presented to Court. It's the reign of Henri II and Mary Queen of Scots is safely ensconced in France. It's a time of dangerous liaisons when one step out of line could ruin a woman and her family.Quickly married off, the naïve Princess finds herself admired and taunted by those around her. And, whilst they goss [...]

    30. The book is definitely worth reading, however one will find the descriptions of the characters repetitive. Three characteristics are always mentioned: merit, wit and the character will always be the most handsome or exceptionally handsome/beautiful. And the cover shows by how much the author have been exagerating about the beauty.Nonetheless, it was rather pleasant that the book was not absurdly melodramatic.

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