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Do you think Balzac presents the members of the imperial army, particularly Baron Hulst, Marshal Hulot, and Uncle Johann Fischer, as the embodiment of noble values standing honorably against the changing times, or are they faulted for inflexibility and for idealizing a past founded on aggression and tyranny?

Hanska, Balzac bxlzac that he based the character of Bette on three women from his life: Many of Balzac’s works have been made into films, and they continue to inspire other writers. I could easily have expanded the number to ten, or fifteen, or even more.

So the book IS worth reading, but it is difficult. Already deeply resentful of their wealth, when Bette learns that the man she is in love with plans to marry Hortense, she becomes consumed by the desire to exact her revenge and dedicates herself to the destruction of the Hulot family, plotting their ruin with patient, silent malice.

There is also a satisfying comic touch in the way her courtesan confidante is able to juggle four lovers and play them off against each other. Jan 09, Elizabeth Alaska rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.

Published February 12th by Modern Library couusin published Hanska, Breugniot stole a collection of their letters and used them to extort money from Balzac.

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So many good books, so little time. His relationship with his family was often strained by financial and personal drama, and he lost more than one friend over critical reviews. Bette treats the sculptor maternally but loves him with a jealous affection.

Hanska’s relationship with Balzac; biographers agree that her cold determination was bapzac of the author’s recipe for Bette. I really want to try Balzac. Like seemingly every French novel of the period, Cousin Bette’s first hundred pages are boring tidbits of backstory that could have been condense to only a few pages.

Also by Honore de Balzac. Rather than summarize the story, which the author handles masterfully, I thought I would discuss what makes for a great Balzac novel: There are frequently large sums of money involved in highly complex financial transactions that defy anyone whose knowledge of French economics of the July monarchy is less than professorial. In which chance, which often brings about true romances, makes things go so well that they canno This tale of family passions and intrigue, set in Paris in the s and s, was the first Balzac I’ve read, and I liked it quite a lot.

As with many of his novels, Balzac analyzes the influence of history and social status in La Cousine Bette. Do you see why Baozac admire the writing, but don’t really love it? Actually, the number is not the main problem. La Cousine Bette is considered Balzac’s last great work.

However, when her niece Hortense sets her sights on the man that Bette believes to be her own, she becomes a formidable foe, obsessed with bringing down the entire Hulot family.

Panicked, he convinces his uncle Johann Fischer to quietly embezzle funds from a War Department outpost in Algiers.

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Please try again later. 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 betfe war hero, saves him from prison and then quickly dies of shame over the family disgrace.

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Dalila, c’est la passion qui ruine tout. I think I was supposed to be scandalized, but I live now, not then. No, I didn’t really care about the Madame’s fate. But the narrative bogs down for me a lot over the repetitive competition for each others’ mistresses and arcane schemes for money. Marneffe, for example, represents crapulence. Because of his lavish lifestyle and penchant for financial speculation, however, he spent most of his life trying to repay a variety of debts.

As she became aware of his affection for Mme. Hortense decides she must meet Steinbock and the two fall in love at first sight.

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One has to set political correctness aside, of course, but the epigrammatic nuggets berte worth the dated smears of other nationalities. Perhaps the classical plot in this respect is The Wild Ass’s Skin.

Refresh and try again. I found that I enjoyed his sardonic cynicism greatly, even though I disagree with many of his opinions not myself being quite so cynical as he was, perhaps.

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References are made to individuals and events that were the talk of the town. Much is left unexplained.

These details do serve a purpose; they very accurately depict life in Paris in the early s. La Cousine Bette is unapologetic in its bleak outlook, and makes blunt connections between characters’ origins and behavior. Apr 29, Perry rated it really liked it Shelves: Retrieved from ” https: