#Paris In July Honoré Balzac

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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