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I liked this book especially because, although Balzac doesn’t do badly with the romance he builds his novel around, he doesn’t really have much patience for it. High society, intrigues, love, more intrigues, bankers throwing fortunes on their passions, criminals patronizing poets, spies advising lovers and politicians, duchesses behaving like courtesans and professional prostitutes sacrificing their lives for aristocratic gigolos – this is all in the book.

Illusions perdues; Splendeurs et misères des courtisanes; Le Père Goriot

A Harlot High courtisanfs Low novel by Balzac. In truth, the first two volumes describing the organizational workings of Parisian society read rather slowly.

E’ il lato oscuro di Parigi che insinua la sua melma nei quartieri alti del Faubourg Saint Germain, che li obbliga a specchiarsi nel fango.

Theft and the traffic in public prostitutes have much in common with the theatre, the police, the priesthood and the spelndeurs.

But he’s also a realist, and he doesn’t have much patience for all that This is complicated by Lucien’s passion for the lovely Esther, the harlot mentioned in the title.


But Balzac cares little for such happiness, compressing the years they then spend as a happy couple into a single short chapter which he even describes as “boring” “since it describes four years of happiness” before getting down and dirty again. Rosa Attab rated it it was amazing Nov 22, dex The novel is chock-full of keen insight into human nature, society, the politics of power, greed, and lust, and the venal behavior that often masquerades as justice. Xavier Gilbert rated it it was amazing Oct 15, If only she had held on, she could have married Lucien herself.

Dodgedeath, Jacques Collin, Vautrin The initial descriptions of the boarding house almost did me in. Amo il potere per il potere io! Convincing her that Lucien will be better off this way she goes along, and they play Nucingen in quite an amusing manner, accumulating quite a bit of cash along the way.

Absolutely admired the width of Balzac’s education and his bzlzac, as Amazing!

Illusions perdues; Splendeurs et misères des courtisanes; Le Père Goriot by Honoré de Balzac

E posseggo i segreti di parecchi uomini. Finance, fashionable society, and mlsres intrigues of the underworld and the police system form the heart of this powerful novel, which introduces the satanic genius Vautrin, one of the greatest villains in world literature.

Esther’s obsessive “love” for him – everyone’s obsession with him, in fact, seemed completely unfounded in every way. I’ve now read this masterpiece three times. The scam Jacques Collin has in play is wonderfully complex: The one constant is that I continue to find in Balzac one of a handful of super-greats.

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Mar 10, Jonfaith rated it really liked it.

In essence, all daughters of Paris when they fall in love—be they rich or poor—experience and inhabit the highs and lows of the courtesan. Deep inside, however, they love and hate, cherish and condemn, and often sell their souls to maintain the facade of perception.

Balzac’s lack of control, and his inability to make Esther and Lucien tragic heroes, do prevent A Harlot High and Low from being a great novel, but it’s nevertheless a very good one.

Balzac mi ha stregata. The law, the constabulary, the police employ much the same number of people, is that not strange?

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The interweaving of roles are numerous: Balzac explores the artistic life of Paris inand furthermore the nature of the artistic life generally. French literature, the body of written works in the French language produced within the geographic and political boundaries of France. Steve Splendurs rated it it was amazing Jun 16, Va bene il finale aperto ma qui manca tutto un pezzo. Essentially, this work is a collection of four separate volumes that are essentially loosely joined together through one central theme and figure, i.