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Lucky Lucien

Stephen Vizinczey

20 February 1986
Lucien Leuwen 
by Stendhal, translated by H.L.R. Edwards.
Boydell and Brewer, 624 pp., £6.95, June 1984, 0 85115 228 7
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... and summoning the intense feelings of his youth, the enthusiasm, the dreaminess, the sadness and hilarity of adolescence, which suffused everything he wrote. Lucien falls off his horse as his regiment enters the city of Nancy because he spurs his mount at the wrong moment: he is gazing at ‘a young blonde with magnificent hair and a disdainful look’ who ...

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