The Charterhouse of Parma Book Summary and Study Guide

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Although Frenchman Stendhal (Marie-Henri Beyle) wrote this novel partly as a tribute to Italy, where he lived and worked a good part of his adult life, and the novel is rich in psychological and historical insights as well as descriptions of the landscape, it can simply be read as one of the greatest romance novels of all time. Young Fabrizio Del Dongo makes his way to the confused horror of the battlefield at Waterloo, becomes a cleric, fights a duel, escapes from a prison tower, survives with the patronage of his worldly and chastely adoring aunt Gina Petranera and her lover the Count Mosca, falls in love with the pure and spiritual Clelia Conti, and much later becomes her lover when she is married and he is a bishop. Stendhal wrote this swashbuckling masterpiece in just seven weeks, a short three years before his death.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   upbeat Time/era of story    -   1600-1899 Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   seduction (yum!) Ethnic/Regional/Religion    -   Italian Family, loving relations    -   Yes Special relationship with    -   aunt Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Age:    -   20's-30's


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   7 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   France    -   Italy Mountains/Cliffs    -   Yes Misc setting    -   prison

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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