The Red Lily

The Red Lily The Red Lily tells of the affair between a woman of the world married to a politician with an artist A trip to Florence which symbolizes the title crowns this carnal and mystical union Soon jealous

  • Title: The Red Lily
  • Author: Anatole France
  • ISBN: 9781404328228
  • Page: 202
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Red Lily tells of the affair between a woman of the world, married to a politician, with an artist A trip to Florence which symbolizes the title crowns this carnal and mystical union Soon, jealousy insinuates itself into the lover s heart, who ends the affair.This novel by Anatole France, unique in its genre, now rehabilitated and returned to fashion, is partiallyThe Red Lily tells of the affair between a woman of the world, married to a politician, with an artist A trip to Florence which symbolizes the title crowns this carnal and mystical union Soon, jealousy insinuates itself into the lover s heart, who ends the affair.This novel by Anatole France, unique in its genre, now rehabilitated and returned to fashion, is partially autobiographical, since it is based on the, at first passionate affair, between the author and Mrs de Caillavet.

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    1. I will start with an avowal and with apologies. The main reason I decided to read this novel now was not so much because of an interest in the book and in its writer, but in another work and in another author. As part of the full year project of reading Proust’s La recherche, I want to read a selection of some of his contemporary writers.Ruskin would have questioned the morality of such a purpose. Anatole France himself was an important figure in Proust’s world. Older than Proust by almost t [...]

    2. Is it possible all French women in French literature up to the 20c are actually one person, whose ennui-ridden prototype is being etched-by-numbers in all the great classics? Madame Martin being the final straw that finally shook me out of my lazy reverie, I’m going to have to go with with yes.Who is it, then, that presents the French vision of womanhood, embossed starkly in the collective literary consciousness of the West, exemplified by say Madame Bovary, Therese Raquine, Mme du Maupin, Man [...]

    3. Like the Adriana character in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, many of us must wonder what it would have been like to live at the height of the Belle Epoque in France during the last decades of the nineteenth century. Reading Le Lys Rouge is like stepping back in time just as Adriana did; we get to walk about the streets of Paris with the beautiful Thérèse Martin-Bellème who is always impeccably dressed and usually in the company of writers, sculptors or poets. Thérèse’s world is not on [...]

    4. "She was young, she was loved, and she was discontented."She is Therese, married 6 yrs to a politico who goes abouthis business and expects her to do the same. She naturallytakes a lover. In France, marriage is a strategy to furthercareers or status. It's expected that you find your "hots"elsewhere. Perfection: I approve.When her lover explains that he'll be away on a hunt, she'sinsulted. Therese must be the Center of Attention. In Italyshe caresses the red lily, symbol of love, and submits to a [...]

    5. "I need love""I need love"says the title of the first chapter. So basic a need that will define this book's essence. "I need love"says Mdm. Therese, and inevitably a love that cannot be found in the arms of his husband leads to adultery and fornication, not just in an isolated occurrence. This is a recurring aspect of France's in his novels, characters which seemed to be designed with the canonical belief to engage in adultery. France's own life inevitably trickles in these instances as he too w [...]

    6. Es un privilegio leer a Anatole France, ganador de Premio Nobel, a principios del siglo pasado. Esta obra trata de amores apasionados, intensos que al final, después de tramas de celos y malos entendidos, cobran justicia. La prosa es exquisita, muy característica de los autores del siglo XIX, algunos bellísimos poemas adornan la obra. Además en la misma, hay un toque de política y de arte. Vale la pena leerla.

    7. فإذا كان الحب أعمى لا يرى، فإن للغيرة عيونًا مترصدة ترى التافهات قبل العظيماتولا أجد ما أعلق به على هذه الروايةسوى كلمات (مى)التى بعثت بها إلى (جبران خليل جبران) فى ردها على (الأجنحة المتكسرة):

    8. He did not wish to go in. He declared that the door was closed. She pushed it, and slipped into the immense nave, where the inanimate trees of the columns ascended in darkness. In the rear, candles were moving in front of spectre-like priests, under the last reverberations of the organs. She trembled in the silence, and said: "The sadness of churches at night moves me; I feel in them the grandeur of nothingness." He replied: "We must believe in something. If there were no God, if our souls were [...]

    9. This is the first book by Anatole France that I've read; I'm not familiar with French literature in general and would like to improve that by reading more novels and such by French authors.France's style is brilliant, his descriptions elegant and beautiful. You can see in your mind quite vividly the places and people he describes, and can comprehend the characters and their actions with the exception of those of the main character, Therese. As I read, she continued to baffle me with her actions [...]

    10. A few months ago, I found this book in the back of a dusty old bookstore in my hometown. I was looking through several unknown titles in the high shelves containing antique novels, and this one, upon quick research on my phone, caught my eye. Since this is my year of reading classics, I decided to include this obscure French title, especially since it seemed to be a good old-fashioned romance. And, I must admit, this book was indeed a pleasant surprise. I fell in love first with the language, se [...]

    11. So elegant, so romantic, son cynical and well written! Anatole France is one of those classics one should read at least once a year, to learn what is beautiful writing.The red lily is a kind of Madame Bovary with the glamour of Paris and romantic Tuscany, and without the mercilesss tragic aura that Flaubert gave to his heroine.

    12. With the exception of a few digressions on politics, the subject matter was entirely beyond my experience. The characters seemed like spoiled little ingrates, and I found it near impossible to have any sympathy with them. Not my cup of tea.

    13. Çok fazla isim var. Kafa karıştırıyor. Sebebi de kimsenin doğru düzgün tanıtılmaması. Herhangi bir karakterle bağ kuramadığım gibi sayfalar da geçmek bilmedi. Uzun zamandır ilk kez bu kadar sıkıldım bir kitabı okurken. Neden böyle oldu, ben de anlamadım açıkçası.

    14. It was way too boring. Certainly not for this century readers, I knever know authors like this remain, while much much better ones dissapear in history.

    15. ما الها هدف وحدة بتخون جوزها مرتين لا بتوب ولا بتنتحر صف حكي عن وحدة مش عارفة وين الله حاطها وبقصص الخيانات بعطينا المؤلفين بالعادة هدف او عبرةبس هون ولا شيء

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