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Fortunately, the remainder of the book makes up for that fact.

Elsewhere, Balzac presents an entire world of experience by including characters from a particular sphere of society. Steinbock’s relevance also lies in his background and profession, illustrating Balzac’s conception of the Polish people, as well as himself. During the s Balzac wrote various novels, both under different pen names and in collaboration; spent time in journalism; and tried to make money in printing and publishing ventures, whose lack of success laid the foundation for brtte that plagued him bazac the rest of his life.

Cousin Bette Reader’s Guide

Here and elsewhere Balzac shows the importance of wealth. The film was panned by critics for its generally poor acting and awkward dialogue.

May 19, Sara rated it liked it Shelves: Balzac’s Paris is a ruthless jungle, and I’m fascinated. Also berte The Human Bettte. Balzac fans as well as anybody interested in the workings of mid 19th century Paris. She succeeds up to a point, but eventually the family regains its wealth through judicious and fortuitous marital and business connections.

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The heroic past is remembered in Cousin Bette as a period of conjugal, social, and professional harmony.

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As characters are developed only to be dropped and picked up again briefly later – a technique that is possibly useful in developing a setting rather than a tight plot – the morals of the day are clearly evident. This is related to the extreme vengeance that plays such a large part in Cousin Bette and Cousin Pons.

Plus this is just a part of a larger, loosely-tied sequence of novels and short stories, La Comedie humainein which Balzac presented his panoramic view of life in France after Napoleon’s downfall in Many of Balzac’s works have been made into films, and they continue to inspire other writers.

Her domination is tempered by maternal compassion, but the couple’s relationship is compared to an abusive marriage: Balzac, therefore, expresses a version of novelistic conservatism – humans are unredeemed and apparently unredeemable; France is a Boschian landscape of iniquity, Paris its sewer.

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As the novel progresses, he becomes consumed by his libido, even in a physical sense. He intended from the start to pair it with another novel, collecting them under the title Les Parents pauvres “The Poor Relations”. Balzac became a Bachelor of Law cohsin but decided to begin a writing career, choosing to remain in Paris with the meager financial contributions of his family.

When you are married to a man as weak as Hulot, you have an obligation to rein him in. French Wikisource has original text related to this article: Well then, take me to the nearest Porsche dealer and find me a real genius! Cousin Bette work by Balzac.

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Many novelists of the midth century had social theories, and Balzac’s narratives are regularly interspersed with expository asides on such things as the course of Pons’s illness or the reasons certain dying people have visions and others don’t.

Poor plain Bette snaps when her niece Hortense, daughter of the beautiful cousin Adeline Baroness Hulotwhom she’s always bitterly resented, “steals” her young Bette Davis, A Personal Biography.

And in the end what happens? Then there are the characters. His decrepit body is a symbol of society’s weakness at the time, worn away from years of indulgence. Bbette try again later. He visited her often in Poland and Germany, but various complications prohibited their union.

Uno dei capolavori di Balzac. The change in government took place while the economy in France was moving from mercantilism to industrial development. There are several more figures in the families: LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices.

His trademark use of realist detail combines with a panorama of characters returning from earlier novels. View all 14 comments. Her strategy is to work on Baron Hulot’s demonstrated weakness for acquiring and lavishing more money than he has on young mistresses. Really, the only two characters I respected in the whole thing were Hortense and Victorin.