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In England during her exile of , Mme de Staël was puzzled as well as In Delphine, her long, sometimes exasperating and now curiously. : Delphine (): Germaine De Staël, Avriel H. Corinne, or Italy (Oxford World’s Classics) by Madame de Staël Paperback $ My treatment of what Furbank terms “weaknesses” in Delphine of the new edition of Madame de Staël’s Delphine seems to call for a reply.

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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, wealth Madamf both novels, the hero abandons the heroine and she dies. Abigael Singer rated it it was amazing Aug 30, I did enjoy this book, though it was terribly melodramatic in parts and did tend to go on a bit. Marie-Pierre rated it liked it Oct 20, Courtney Pavao rated it it was ok Mar 10, Contact Contact Us Help.

Ariel Plourde rated it really liked it Jun 13, Yet, this novel dedicated to “the silent France” la France silencieuse in French explicitly talks about subjects like women’s delpphine, but also political and sociological subjects like Protestantism, political liberalism or emigration. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. But within the silence there remained, she ve, a hidden adherence to enlightenment.

See 1 question about Delphine…. This article about a s novel is a stub. Her work is centrally mavame with the restrictions under which women labour, always under the guardianship of an officious society that wishes not only to monitor and admonish but to pull down or degrade those who stand out by their merit or originality.


Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Critical Guides to French Texts, Mary Harju rated it ddlphine was amazing Jun 22, This did not stop her from writing her even more inflammatory second novel Corinne inbut that is another review. When publishing Delphineshe claims she is not interested in politics any more.

The story takes place in Paris between and during the French Revolution.

Delphine by Germaine de Staël

I love over-the-top romanticism and traaaagedy, plus I like peeking into such a different worldview, so four stars. May 16, Nick Black marked it as to-read Shelves: It was a very well written book, even in translation I enjoyed the style of the letters. In Delphine, she draws a series of portraits of unhappy and psychologically scarred women, and she shows how prejudice and social convention brought this about. Melissa rated it liked it Nov 09, Maija Mcmanus rated it liked it Aug 11, The book is written in epistolary form as a series of letters and examines the limits of women’s freedom in an aristocratic society.

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. The theme of the tragic hero inspires early romantic literature. Whenever something happened Leonce always chose the wrong option, leading them both down a path that led to their ultimate destruction.

The heroine in particular is consistently madme in the face of convention, and during the course of the story, is swept farther and farther down a whirlpool of oppression and deceit. Return to Book Page. The heroine’s drama is her own.


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May 08, Dangermousie rated it really dr it Shelves: The story ends tragically with Delphine committing suicide. Log In Register for Online Access. Jan 09, Victoria rated it did not like it Shelves: You are not logged in If you have already registered please login here If you are using the site for the first time please register here If you would like access to the entire online archive subscribe here Institutions or university library users please login here Learn more about our institutional subscriptions here.

Whenever something happened Leonce always chose the wrong option, leading them both I did enjoy this book, though velphine was terribly melodramatic in parts and did tend to go on a bit.

When these conversations dealt with philosophy, society and morality they were quite interesting, unfortunately when they were just dealing with the melodramatic romance not quite so much. No trivia or quizzes yet. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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Delphine’ s publication in makes things even worse: 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. This page was last edited on 28 Februaryat Paperbackpages. Ja rated it really liked it Jul 16,