Very interesting- I am currently reading Lire Magazine olume 19 which is on Balzac and hoping to improve my French. I am sure that you would agree that Austen and Balzac were very different writers. The wit exchanged in a Bath drawing room compared to the drama in a Parision atelier. Balzac makes you think hard and was concerned with the realistic dichotomies in levels of French society so I find myself thinking about George Eliot and we know he was an influence on Dickens. I wonder if Proust might not suit us both better. I keep wondering about tackling Lacan!!
- Author: Honoré Balzac
- Genre: novella
- Title: La Maison du Chat Qui Pelote
- Published: 1830
- I’m starting this month of Paris in July by reading a few books
- written in “L’âge d’or du roman 19th C”.
- The major literary work I do not have the courage to read
- is Balzac’s La Comédie Humaine.
- Why? …because it will take a lifetime to read in French!
- It contains nearly 100 novels and plays.
- The vast numbers of characters Blazac created
- represent an entire society in his head!
- The completed Comédie Humaine totalled
- 2472 named characters and 566 unnamed characters.
- I at least read the first words (novella) of La Comédie Humaine
- La Maison du Chat Qui Pelote. (95 pages).
- You can find all the plot information on the Wikipedia page.
- The novella felt like I was reading Sense and Sensibility
- …but with a sad ending.
- Thank goodness Ms…
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