Monday, June 3 at 6:00 p.m.
Free for Members / $5 for Non-Members
810 N Dearborn Street
Discussion en français. Libations provided.
"In The Red and the Black, Stendhal paints a sweeping portrait of early nineteenth-century France—its social classes, professions, politics, and manners—in Paris and the provinces. The novel’s characters represent virtually every level of intelligence and sensibility, in a plot involving passion, intrigue, satire, and last-minute reversals. Changing scene and focus so often that it has frequently been called “cinematic,” the novel is held together by Julien Sorel, whose life provides its structure. Julien leaves his provincial home to become a tutor, strives to raise himself professionally and socially, becomes embroiled in a series of romantic escapades, and finally faces a capital trial. Until Stendhal chose the enigmatic phrase Le rouge et le noir as the title just before the book’s publication, he called the novel Julien. Although Julien is indisputably the novel’s central character, whether we should see him as a hero is an open question. At the end of the novel, Stendhal places us in the same position as the jury at Julien’s trial, in effect asking us to evaluate Julien and compare our verdict with the court’s." —Penguin Random House