THE COMPLETE GREATEST WORKS OF BALZAC [Authoritative and Unabridged Edition for NOOK] All the Great Works by Balzac OVER 20,000 PAGES in a SINGLE NOOK VOLUME! [Definitive ENGLISH Translation from the Original French] [NOOK Book]

THE COMPLETE GREATEST WORKS OF BALZAC [Authoritative and Unabridged Edition for NOOK] All the Great Works by Balzac OVER 20,000 PAGES in a SINGLE NOOK VOLUME! [Definitive ENGLISH Translation from the Original French]

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THE COMPLETE GREATEST WORKS OF BALZAC
[Authoritative and Unabridged Edition for NOOK]

All the Great Works by Balzac OVER 20,000 PAGES in a SINGLE NOOK VOLUME!

[Definitive ENGLISH Translation from the Original French]


PARTIAL TABLE OF CONTENTS

AT THE SIGN OF THE CAT AND RACKET
THE BALL AT SCEAUX
THE PURSE
THE VENDETTA
MADAME FIRMIANI
A SECOND HOME
DOMESTIC PEACE
THE IMAGINARY MISTRESS
STUDY OF A WOMAN
ANOTHER STUDY OF A WOMAN
LA GRAND BRETECHE
ALBERT SAVARUS
LETTERS OF TWO BRIDES
A DAUGHTER OF EVE
A WOMAN OF THIRTY
THE DESERTED WOMAN
LA GRENADIÈRE
THE MESSAGE
GOBSECK
A MARRIAGE CONTRACT
A START IN LIFE
MODESTE MIGNON
BEATRIX
THREE BRETON SILHOUETTES
HONORINE
LE COLONEL CHABERT
THE ATHEIST'S MASS
THE COMMISSION IN LUNACY
PIERRE GRASSOU
URSULA
EUGÉNIE GRANDET
THE CELIBATES
PARISIANS IN THE COUNTRY
THE JEALOUSIES OF A COUNTRY TOWN
LOST ILLUSIONS
SCENES FROM A COURTESAN’S LIFE
A PRINCE OF BOHEMIA
A MAN OF BUSINESS
GAUDISSART II.
THE THIRTEEN
FATHER GORIOT
RISE AND FALL OF CESAR BIROTTEAU
THE FIRM OF NUCINGEN
THE SECRETS OF THE PRINCESSE DE CADIGNAN
BUREAUCRACY
SARRASINE
FACINO CANE
POOR RELATIONS
COUSIN BETTY
COUSIN PONS
THE LESSER BOURGEOISIE
AN HISTORICAL MYSTERY
AN EPISODE UNDER THE TERROR
THE BROTHERHOOD OF CONSOLATION
Z. MARCAS
THE DEPUTY OF ARCIS
THE CHOUANS
A PASSION IN THE DESERT
THE COUNTRY DOCTOR
THE LILY OF THE VALLEY
THE VILLAGE RECTOR
SONS OF THE SOIL
THE MAGIC SKIN
THE ALKAHEST
CHRIST IN FLANDERS
MELMOTH RECONCILED
THE HIDDEN MASTERPIECE
THE UNKNOWN MASTERPIECE
THE HATED SON
GAMBARA
MASSIMILLA DONI
FAREWELL
THE RECRUIT
EL VERDUGO
A DRAMA ON THE SEASHORE
THE RED INN
THE ELIXIR OF LIFE
THE EXILES
MAITRE CORNELIUS
CATHERINE DE MEDICI
LOUIS LAMBERT
SERAPHITA
ANALYTICAL STUDIES


EXCERPT

""If Father Goriot had daughters of his own as rich as those ladies who came here seemed to be, he would not be lodging in my house, on the third floor, at forty-five francs a month; and he would not go about dressed like a poor man."

No objection could be raised to these inferences. So by the end of the month of November 1819, at the time when the curtain rises on this drama, every one in the house had come to have a very decided opinion as to the poor old man. He had never had either wife or daughter; excesses had reduced him to this sluggish condition; he was a sort of human mollusk who should be classed among the capulidoe, so one of the dinner contingent, an employe at the Museum, who had a pretty wit of his own. Poiret was an eagle, a gentleman, compared with Goriot. Poiret would join the talk, argue, answer when he was spoken to; as a matter of fact, his talk, arguments, and responses contributed nothing to the conversation, for Poiret had a habit of repeating what the others said in different words; still, he did join in the talk; he was alive, and seemed capable of feeling; while Father Goriot (to quote the Museum official again) was invariably at zero degrees—Reaumur.

Eugene de Rastignac had just returned to Paris in a state of mind not unknown to young men who are conscious of unusual powers, and to those whose faculties are so stimulated by a difficult position, that for the time being they rise above the ordinary level.

Rastignac's first year of study for the preliminary examinations in law had left him free to see the sights of Paris and to enjoy some of its amusements. A student has not much time on his hands if he sets himself to learn the repertory of every theatre, and to study the ins and outs of the labyrinth of Paris. To know its customs; to learn the language, and become familiar with the amusements of the capital, he must explore its recesses, good and bad, follow the studies that please him best, and form some idea of the treasures contained in galleries and museums.

At this stage of his career a student grows eager and excited about all sorts of follies that seem to him to be of immense importance. He has his hero, his great man, a professor at the College de France, paid to talk down to the level of his audience. He adjusts his cravat, and strikes various attitudes for the benefit of the women in the first galleries at the Opera-Comique. As he passes through all these successive initiations, and breaks out of his sheath, the horizons of life widen around him, and at length he grasps the plan of society with the different human strata of which it is composed.

If he begins by admiring the procession of carriages on sunny afternoons in the Champs-Elysees, he soon reaches the further stage of envying their owners."
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  • BN ID: 2940014794770
  • Publisher: The Complete Works Collection
  • Publication date: 12/20/2012
  • Series: The Complete Works Collection , #23
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Meet the Author

Honoré de Balzac (20 May 1799 – 18 August 1850) was a French novelist and playwright. His magnum opus was a sequence of short stories and novels collectively entitled La Comédie humaine, which presents a panorama of French life in the years after the 1815 fall of Napoleon.

Due to his keen observation of detail and unfiltered representation of society, Balzac is regarded as one of the founders of realism in European literature. He is renowned for his multifaceted characters, who are complex, morally ambiguous and fully human. His writing influenced many subsequent novelists such as Marcel Proust, Émile Zola, Charles Dickens, Edgar Allan Poe, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Gustave Flaubert, Marie Corelli, Henry James, William Faulkner, Jack Kerouac, and Italo Calvino, and philosophers such as Friedrich Engels and Karl Marx. Many of Balzac's works have been made into or have inspired films, and they are a continuing source of inspiration for writers, filmmakers and critics.

An enthusiastic reader and independent thinker as a child, Balzac had trouble adapting to the teaching style of his grammar school. His willful nature caused trouble throughout his life and frustrated his ambitions to succeed in the world of business. When he finished school, Balzac was an apprentice in a law office, but he turned his back on the study of law after wearying of its inhumanity and banal routine. Before and during his career as a writer, he attempted to be a publisher, printer, businessman, critic, and politician; he failed in all of these efforts. La Comédie Humaine reflects his real-life difficulties, and includes scenes from his own experience.
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    Stunning Collection of Great Writing.

    Stunning Collection of Great Writing.

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