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Author: Pierre Barbéris,Honoré de Balzac
ISBN: 2070361381
Subcategory: Literary
Publisher Schoenhofs Foreign Books (June 1, 1995)
Language French
Category: Fiction
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by Pierre Barbéris,Honoré de Balzac

Cousin Bette (Modern Library Classics) Paperback. Balzac captures the character of The Colonel very well. Anyone will get sympathized by the Colonel.

Cousin Bette (Modern Library Classics) Paperback. Colonel Chabert" is one of Honore de Balzac's volumes from his omnibus work, "The Human Comedy. The Colonel is a comic figure in and old military great coat and a wig who is ridiculed by young legal workers at the beginning of the novel. But, the joke is on the clerks, because Chabert is a war hero of the Napoleonic era who was given up for dead on a battlefield at Eylau. I recommend this book 100%.

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Meanwhile a relative (Bette) is out for revenge. There's even a murder! Good reading from a classic French author. 3 people found this helpful.

Honoré de Balzac (/ˈbælzæk/ BAL-zak, more commonly US: /ˈbɔːl-/ BAWL-, French: ; born Honoré Balzac; 20 May 1799 – 18 August 1850) was a French novelist and playwright. The novel sequence La Comédie humaine, which presents a panorama of post-Napoleonic French life, is generally viewed as his magnum opus.

La Cousine Bette book. by. Honoré de Balzac, Pierre Barbéris (Préface). For some reason, Balzac is the French novelist I've always struggled with and his vast La Comedie Humaine series just doesn't compete, for me, with Zola's Rougon-Macquart. La Cousine Bette, often noted as one of the best in the sequence, feels to me like a quirky mix of soap opera, dark comedy, farce and polemic.

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Honoré de Balzac, daguerreotype, 1848. French literary artist who produced a vast number of novels and short stories collectively called La Comédie humaine (The Human Comedy). He helped to establish the traditional form of the novel and is generally considered to be one of the greatest novelists of all time. La Cousine Bette (film, 1998) - Pour les articles homonymes, voir La Cousine Bette (homonymie).

Part One of Poor Relations. Money is of considerable importance in Cousin Bette; indeed it is the central theme of this portrait of a society given over, in Balzac’s eyes, to the feverish pursuit of wealth

Part One of Poor Relations. Money is of considerable importance in Cousin Bette; indeed it is the central theme of this portrait of a society given over, in Balzac’s eyes, to the feverish pursuit of wealth. It may therefore be of some use to the reader to have a rough idea of comparative values. Professor Hunt, in his biography of Balzac, states that 100,000 francs were equal to £4,000; this would be roughly equivalent in purchasing power to £130,000 today (1986).

Born on May 20, 1799, Honore de Balzac is considered one of the greatest French writers of all time. Balzac studied in Paris and worked as a law clerk while pursuing an unsuccessful career as an author. He soon accumulated enormous debts that haunted him most of his life. A prolific writer, Balzac would often write for 14 to-16 hours at a time. His writing is marked by realistic portrayals of ordinary, but exaggerated characters and intricate detail. Parkstone International, 1994.

Vers le milieu du mois de juillet de l'année 1838, une de ces voitures nouvellement mises en circulation sur les places de Paris et nommées des milords cheminait, rue de l'Université, portant un gros homme de taille moyenne, en uniforme de capitaine de la garde nationale.
This is arguably Balzac's best novel--but I'd argue it's the best of a predominantly louche lot.

I don't mean to deny Balzac's importance in literary history. Without his transforming the novel into social history, as distinguished from his model Walter Scott who wrote historical romances, we likely wouldn't have the glorious line of 19th century "realistic" novels that followed.

Dostoevsky said that he and his contemporaries were under "Gogol's overcoat", but it would be truer to say that Balzac was the major influence on Russian, French, and English novelists.

So Balzac bulks large in literary history as an influence ... but is he a great writer? Even a good writer?

There's a very illuminating remark in Martin Turnell's THE NOVEL IN FRANCE. Turnell doesn't like Balzac books, and he asks a French friend about them; the friend says, "I read him the same way I read Simenon."

Like Simenon, Balzac is capable of a good yarn, addicted to mystery and intrigue, although his style is denser and his plots more convoluted. But the impression he leaves, at least to this reader, is of an entertainer, not a serious thinker or psychologist, at best on the level of C.P. Snow or Louis Auchincloss as a social novelist. (Fortunately, though Snow and Auchincloss are as obsessed with money and status as Balzac, they don't share his taste for the occult and the underworld.)

I don't recall the number of novels in the COMEDIE HUMAINE and I certainly haven't read more than a dozen of them, but of that dozen the only ones I'd recommend are the book under review, most of ILLUSIONS PERDUS, PERE GORIOT, and COUSIN PONS. The rest might be of interest as "social history" but they're not outstanding novels in any sense. EUGENIE GRANDET, because of its reputation, is especially disappointing.

How ironic that Scott, who is virtually unreadable after adolescence, was the major influence on Balzac, and Fenimore Cooper, another figure well lost in the snows of time, another model, and Balzac himself, a major influence on so many, is now worth reading very selectively.

To really Balzac I think you'd have to be able to read him anachronistically, as if it were 1830 not 2015, when the novelty of his work would have made up for his many faults. Ironically, those he influenced most demonstrated how badly he wrote.

Still, COUSINE BETTE and the others mentioned above are worth reading.
One of the all time classics -- great use of French language, wonderful plot wrinkles
Reading this book by Balzac for a course at the French Institute in Spring 2010 lifted me out of a deep depression!
Many of Balzac's novels read as if they were written too quickly and are full of holes in terms of plot and theme. This one is far better written and tightly plotted. It is, I think, an ideal introduction to this great writer. If you read French, I would recommend this edition in particular.

This novels has clearly drawn characters with grim lives in an inexorable descent to self-destruction, which are the classic Balzac themes. It explores the life of a libertine as he ruins himself and his family for the sake of pursuing pretty girls. Unbeknownst to him, he gets help from Bette, a cousin full of secret hatreds and bent on vengence. It is very sad to read. One minor character even commits suicide by repeatedly smashing his head into a nail, his only means to finish himself off he could find in his jail cell.

So why read it? When I described my fascination with Balzac to a pal of mine, I said, "yeah, it is all about disillusioned and cynical people" and he replied: "I am already disillusioned and cynical, so why should I read it?" Well, it is best for the wider social portraits that you can find, which are offered almost as an aside. Balzac in one section explains the politics behind the statues you see all over Paris, which is fascinating. You also learn of the career of courtisans, as they use their sex to advance themselves. The book is simply full of these thngs, in addition to the psychology of the many interesting main characters.

Also unusual for Balzac is the coherency of the story, which does not degenerate into ramblings like many of his other novels as they weave the tapestry of his Comedie Humaine like so many threads, that is, as vehicles in his vast project to fully portray an entire society with characters re-appearing in different situations and venues throughout his interrelated novels. The characters stand on their own here and are more clearly drawn. Hence, it is a great intro to Balzac and may get you hooked for more, that is, if you are masochistic enough to subject yourself to it!

Warmly recommended.