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Homo duplexba,zac the great Buffon: As in real life, as with real people, the more you learn about each, the more interesting they become. Just went on a bit too much for me and the unrepentant Baron Hulot was almost undigestable.

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Cousin Betty by Honoré de Balzac

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Hulot reaches the end of the line shortly thereafter, when it is brtte that he has been stealing money from the government.

He completed over 90 novels and had vette over 40 more. Balzac based the character of Bette in part on his mother and the poet Marceline Desbordes-Valmore.


Hortense discovers Steinbock’s infidelity and returns coudin her mother’s home. Jan 10, J. The book’s narrator, after a third of the way through, states that only now will the story begin. I am one with art, as you are one with virtue.

Nov 21, Kate rated it it was amazing.

Cousin Bette

Many of his characters are vile – inhumanly greedy, callous, cruel and almost too cold even to be called sadistic. But the narrative bogs down for me a lot over the repetitive competition for each others’ mistresses and arcane schemes for money. Lots of French classics have a woman who exploits her looks but is eventually brought low. Put out to nurse at the age of four and later sent to boarding school, he had little contact with home.

Commentary Balzca considered himself balac diagnostician of French social life. Some suggest that she is partly to blame for Hulot’s wandering affection. His relationship with his family was often strained by financial and personal drama, and he lost more than one friend over critical reviews.

Bianchon offers diagnoses not only of the ailing Baroness and Bette, but of the state itself. There are lots of characters. There is something Mephistophelian in Balzac’s best villains, especially Vautrin in the three or four novels in which he figures as a major character. She knows that Adeline’s husband is unable to resist feminine charm, so she forms an alliance with the gorgeous and completely amoral Madame Marneffe.


Thank you for your feedback. It’s also a study of the layers of societal structures in the post-Napoleonic era.

Prendergast insists that the incident “must literally be described as an act of theft”. Two hundred thousand frances. Both novels have several gruesome fascinations. The boring title of the eponymous main character belies the violence within her.

But it is all just unbelievable.

It has a very slow start. Much is left unexplained.

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Translated by Marion Crawford. For Cousin Bette and Cousin Pons, considerations of poverty and dependence on wealthy relatives are central to their characters.

What justice did he receive? Hulot is certainly repulsive as a human being, but there is something magnificent about his undeviating devotion to a single passion: Cousin Bette is a gripping tale of violent jealousy, sexual passion and treachery, and a brilliant portrayal of the grasping, bstte society of s Paris. It has all the right ingredients.

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