Germaine de Staël Avriel H. Goldberger
- Title: Delphine
- Author: Germaine de Staël Avriel H. Goldberger
- ISBN: 9780875805672
- Page: 379
- Format: Paperback
Delphine is the first novel by Anne Louise Germaine de Sta l, published in 1802 The book is written in epistolary form as a series of letters and examines the limits of women s freedom in an aristocratic society Although Madame de Sta l denied political intent the book was controversial enough for Napoleon to exile the author.A new English translation was released by ADelphine is the first novel by Anne Louise Germaine de Sta l, published in 1802 The book is written in epistolary form as a series of letters and examines the limits of women s freedom in an aristocratic society Although Madame de Sta l denied political intent the book was controversial enough for Napoleon to exile the author.A new English translation was released by Avriel H Goldberger in 1995.The word delphine is defined as to look or act like a dolphin.
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D’un point de vue analytique, ce roman est absolument passionnant : publié en 1802, il se trouve tout juste entre les valeurs de l’Ancien Régime mourant et celles du Romantisme naissant en France (pour en savoir plus, je vous conseille la lecture de la préface de Béatrice Didier, extrêmement intéressante et instructive). On ressent à la fois l’influence de certaines lectures de Mme de Staël, comme celle des romans libertins ou du Marquis de Sade (l’attitude de Delphine rappelle e [...]
Delphine (1802) is Madame de Staël’s first full-lenth novel and her most passionate effort to preach against a myriad of conventions and norms that sabotage what she sees as the right of the superior woman to love happiness respect and inner peace. The publication of this novel in 1802 so enraged Napoleon Bonaparte that he condemned Madame de Staël, with whom he was already peeved, to exile from a 40-league radius from her beloved Paris. (This did not stop her from writing her even more infl [...]
Germaine de Staël place ses personnages dans une époque troublée, la société aristocratique est menacé par une Révolution grandissante. Léonce et Delphine sont les pions d’un échiquier, lui symbole de l’Ancien Régime porté par l’hypocrisie et les bien paraître, elle, jeune femme sensible, philosophe et éprise de liberté. Tous deux esclaves de leurs passions au mépris de la raisonpucealoreilleblog.wordpress
I did enjoy this book, though it was terribly melodramatic in parts and did tend to go on a bit. It started very strongly, the main character was a delightful young widow who wasn't interested in convention or other people's opinions, she was witty, wealthy and generous. Then she had the misfortune to fall in love, and the man she fell in love with was a complete idiot and everything went down hill from there. Whenever something happened Leonce always chose the wrong option, leading them both do [...]
I really liked "The Great de Staël" in the May NYT Review of Books, and figure this is probably worth picking up (although the cover frankly isn't doing anything for my ambitions, being rather suggestive of 18th century Gallic pudding-eating competitions).
I love over-the-top romanticism and traaaagedy, plus I like peeking into such a different worldview, so four stars. Though a word to the wise - I like this novel as much for being a historical curiousity as its merits as a work of fiction (to modern eyes, it can seem prosy and drawn-out, but to me, the leisurely unfolding is part of its charm).
This book is basically the worst.
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