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Cousin Bette (Barnes & Noble Digital Library) [NOOK Book]

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Set in Paris, Cousin Bette tells the story of an unmarried middle-aged woman who plots the destruction of her extended family.  As in many of Balzac’s novels, its characters represent polarities of contrasting morality. Critics hailed the book as a turning point in the author’s art—a prototypical naturalist text.  Written in only two months, it is Balzac's last great work.

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Cousin Bette (Barnes & Noble Digital Library)

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Overview


Set in Paris, Cousin Bette tells the story of an unmarried middle-aged woman who plots the destruction of her extended family.  As in many of Balzac’s novels, its characters represent polarities of contrasting morality. Critics hailed the book as a turning point in the author’s art—a prototypical naturalist text.  Written in only two months, it is Balzac's last great work.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781411458642
  • Publisher: Barnes & Noble
  • Publication date: 5/31/2011
  • Series: Barnes & Noble Digital Library
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 532
  • Sales rank: 384,330
  • File size: 495 KB

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Honore de Balzac (1799-1850) was one of the supreme French novelists. His monumental series of stories and novels, La Comedie humaine, was his masterwork—describing life in France in the post-Napoleonic era. Regarded as a founding father of realism, his characters were drawn with a depth previously absent from literature.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2002

    Great Book!

    This book is one good classi that everyone should admire. Not to say Read!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2002

    Most Amusing!

    One of the rare books that I've read with a good plot that kept me guessing. To be a soap opera, it had many good life lessons. I highly recommend.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    the book was great -- I would recommend it

    there was a slight problem with the e-book. Some sentences were missing from the bottom of one page to the top of the next and caused some little bit of confusion at some points in the story.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2014

    It dragged

    Boring book. Also hard to read when you have to decipher all the typos.

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  • Posted December 19, 2013

    *SPOILERS* I am surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I no

    *SPOILERS*

    I am surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I now wish I had read it (like I was supposed to) in History 103 or whatever it was. I guess I was just too busy reading the 1300 page course book we were assigned. :P

    For the whole book, I had been rooting for Cousin Bette. Her reasons might have seemed petty for some but the Hulot deserved ever speck of her vengeance. He was a dirty old man. I was disappointed that of all those she had focused her energy for revenge on, only one truly received the results of years of hard work.

    In the end, I felt for Madame Marneffe. I quickly got over the virtuous Madame Hulot. The Hulot women and Crevel’s daughter seemed weak. Cousin Bette and Madame Marneffe were clever, though Marneffe shallow. The young Hulot was the redeemer of the family. And Hulot, the dirty old man, deserved so much worse. 

    Honore de Balzac was racist, weirdly sexist (changed from feminist to douche once or twice), but extremely observant of the human condition, particularly of Paris in the early 1800s. He also seemed to have a deep respect for the arts but little for the artists. He also seemed to sometimes respect the tenacity of peasants while as once condemning them in disdain. 

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