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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. With her dying breath, however, Madame Marneffe still plays the seductress. Stowe makes a similar point on p. So they understood what he was referring to much better than we do! Even so, Balzac’s novels have a comic liveliness, as if the author’s fascination with the social scene were unbounded and its very energy compensated for its repellent inhabitants.

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View all 13 comments. But it is all just unbelievable.

Balzac suffered from health problems throughout his life, possibly due to his intense writing couein. As in real life, as with real people, the more you learn about each, the more interesting they become. The Hulots’ daughter, Hortense, has begun searching for a husband; their son Victorin is married to Crevel’s daughter Celestine.

View all 14 comments. Set in midth-century Paris, it tells the story of an unmarried middle-aged woman who plots the destruction of her extended family. And can men really be so criminally stupid? Balzac accounts for their natures by depicting Paris, France and Frenchness in ever more detail, leaving the reader to conclude that the characters are horrible because they are French, and perhaps even more horrible because they live in Paris although the narrow-minded greed of some of the provincial characters, such as Bette, and the father in the opening chapters of Lost Illusions, is perhaps more brutishly automatic than that of socially calculating Parisians.

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Bette herself, bitterly disappointed, sickens and dies. The smoke of the flame that scorched her seemed to emanate from her wrinkles as from the crevasses rent by a volcanic eruption. I will not say what happens This is the third time I have read this late masterpiece of Balzac’s — and it got better with each reading.

When I begin a book, I have no idea where the book is leading so I try and remember e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g. Before long, the Baron’s misconduct becomes known to the War Department; Uncle Johann is arrested in Algeria and commits suicide, the Baron is forced to retire suddenly, his brother, a famous war hero, saves him from prison and then quickly dies of shame over the family disgrace.

Cousin Bette work by Balzac. Balzac based the character of Bette in part on his mother and the poet Marceline Desbordes-Valmore.

Several months later, Adeline discovers her missing husband while on a charity mission. C’est le cadavre de la force. Thank You for Your Contribution! The two sketches I dedicate to you [The Cousim Relations: Nor does Balzac seem to have a larger political theory.

Uno dei capolavori di Balzac. Yana Stajno I’m reading Cousin Bette. My curiosity has been piqued and I do want more, but I need a breather first. This very much affects the writing style. For the film based on the novel, see Cousin Bette film. Another important recurring character is Marshal Hulot, who first appeared as a colonel in Les Chouans. Don’t expect subtlety here: To what lengths they will go in pursuit of money and cousiin For more information about characters, see Bellos, Bettepp.

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When Hortense marries Steinbock, Bette feels as though she has been robbed. Bette Davis, A Personal Biography. Whenever someone looks to be doing well, often one finds a sort of cabal forming to do him or her in. Members of the aristocracy, for example, were bettr to relate socially to the nouveau richeusually with tense results.

Recommended to Balzac fans! And this cabal is every bit as relentless as the moneylenders, with whom they are frequently in cahoots. I love the following quote; a slightly adapted form even found its way into the dreadful movie version. Online at MSN Movies.

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For me it was a bit too didactic, a bit to melodramatic, its characters a bit too simplified. View all 5 comments. And Victorin pulls his family together in their time of “disgrace,” proving to be the only thing standing between Lisbeth and her vengeance. Lots of French classics have a woman who exploits her looks but is eventually brought low.

Still, as an This tale involves a byzantine plan of revenge by old bette Bette over the theft of cuosin young sculptor she had designs for. A number of film versions of the story have been produced, including a BBC mini-series starring Margaret Tyzack and Helen Mirrenand a feature film with Jessica Lange in the title role. He is renowned for his multi-faceted characters; even his lesser characters are complex, morally ambiguous and fully human.

Sutton rated it really liked it. Other books in the series. This was a significant accomplishment owing to his bad health, but its length made Balzac’s writing speed especially remarkable.