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Sep 22, Warwick marked it as to-read. Well who saw that coming. View all 3 comments. May 15, Elizabeth Alaska rated it liked it Shelves: kindle , nineteenth-century , author-balzac , 19thc-read. This starts off strongly, just as I might expect with Balzac. While this is in his duet he called "Poor Relations", we learn almost immediately that Cousin Pons did not suffer what you and I might call poverty. He was cash poor, perhaps, but had become a collector of small items of art, and those had appreciated immensely. The Government sent Sylvain Pons to Rome to make a great musician of himself; and in Rome Sylvain Pons acquired a taste for the antique and works of art.
He became an admirabl This starts off strongly, just as I might expect with Balzac. He had seen Venice, Milan, Florence, Bologna, and Naples leisurely, as he wished to see them, as a dreamer of dreams, and a philosopher; careless of the future, for an artist looks to his talent for support as the fille de joie counts upon her beauty. Despite the interest in the early going, this descended into somewhat of a slog, before returning to a more interesting novel. I had a hard time staying with it for a bit and actually stopped to read a couple of mysteries.
This ended up being exactly the right strategy. Was it truly a slog or was I just not in the right frame of mind for Balzac? In any case, I seemed to have stopped in just the right place, for when I came back to it, I found it interesting again. I often expect Balzac to have a somewhat surprising ending and one with a decided bit of irony. I cannot imagine what he was thinking here, because he foretold where we could expect this to go. One might easily expect skulduggery with an older single man who is discovered to have accumulated a fortune in art.
We are not surprised, then, when conspiracies abound. There are conflicting conspiracies - who will win out? There was one small piece that I did not anticipate but Balzac wraps things up so quickly that we are not allowed to feel the full thrust of the irony. This is just a high 3-stars for me.
I had certainly hoped for more. May 13, Ben rated it really liked it. Last year was my year of Shakespeare. This is my year of Proust. It is well-known that Balzac had an addiction 4. It is well-known that Balzac had an addiction to coffee and consumed quantities of caffeine sufficient to keep a whale up for a fortnight estimates vary, but many suggest that he drank around 50 cups a day! He also had a somewhat unusual technique of writing several stories and novels at the same time, perhaps a result of creativity in overdrive. But without the artificial energy to keep him going, would we then have ever known the sociological, philosophical and literary genius that make up The Human Comedy?
As a writer, Balzac had a great influence on many others, like Baudelaire, Marx and Proust just to name a few. His works can really be characterized as comedies of manners, many with dark undertones. When Balzac writes about food, and of great valuables, the reader gets a sense of the strong affinity he has for it and the narrative becomes full of life. Aug 02, Jim rated it it was amazing Shelves: balzac , 19th-century-lit. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
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