Cousin Pons (Classic Reprint)

Cousin Pons (Classic Reprint)

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by Honore de Balzac
     
 

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One of the last and largest of Balzac's great works - the very last of them, if we except "La Cousine Bette," to which it is pendant and contrast - "La Cousin Pons" has always united suffrages from very different classes of admirers. In the first place, it is not "disagreeable," as the common euphemism has it, and as "La Cousine Bette"

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One of the last and largest of Balzac's great works - the very last of them, if we except "La Cousine Bette," to which it is pendant and contrast - "La Cousin Pons" has always united suffrages from very different classes of admirers. In the first place, it is not "disagreeable," as the common euphemism has it, and as "La Cousine Bette" certainly is. In the second, it cannot be accused of being a berquinade, as those who like Balzac best when he is doing moral ragpicking are apt to describe books like "Le Medecin de Campagne" and "Le Lys dans la Vallee," if not even like "Eugenie Grandet." It has a considerable variety of interest; its central figure is curiously pathetic and attractive, even though the curse of something like folly, which so often attends Balzac's good characters, may a little weigh on him. It would be a book of exceptional charm even if it were anonymous, or if we knew no more about the author than we know about Shakespeare.

As it happens, however, "Le Cousin Pons" has other attractions than this. In the first place, Balzac is always great - perhaps he is at his greatest - in depicting a mania, a passion, whether the subject be pleasure or gold-hunger or parental affection. Pons has two manias, and the one does not interfere with, but rather helps, the other. But this would be nothing if it were not that his chief mania, his ruling passion, is one of Balzac's own. For, as we have often had occasion to notice, Balzac is not by any means one of the great impersonal artists. He can do many things; but he is never at his best in doing any unless his own personal interests, his likings and hatreds, his sufferings and enjoyments, are concerned.

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ISBN-13:
9781330821565
Publisher:
FB &c Ltd
Publication date:
07/06/2015
Pages:
454
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.92(d)

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