"My favorite novel of all time without a doubt. I'm not sure why I haven't written a recommendation for it before this. Fabrizio del Dongo is no brooding, misanthropic Julien Sorrell. Instead it's full of cunning countesses, evil dukes, and manipulative princes. There's intrigue around every corner, swords at dawn, the battle of Waterloo, and one of the greatest prison escape scenes in all of literature. Now if you'll excuse me I have to go read it again."
Richard Howard's exuberant and definitive rendition of Stendhal's stirring tale has brought about the rediscovery of this classic by modern readers. Stendhal narrates a young aristocrat's adventures in Napoleon's army and in the court of Parma, illuminating in the process the whole cloth of European history.
As Balzac wrote, "Never before have the hearts of princes, ministers, courtiers, and women been depicted like this. . . . one sees perfection in every detail." With beautiful illustrations by Robert Andrew Parker.