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Maybe, just maybe, someday I’ll pick it up again, if only to be able to delete the “DNF” shelf I created specifically for this book. At last, Balzac’s inability to make Esther and Lucien more forceful heroes, do prevent A Harlot High and Low from being a great novel, but it’s nevertheless a very good one.

E uno di quegli uomini arditi, indipendenti nelle loro opinioni. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Sara rated it it was amazing Dec 05, He tells his interrogator everything, including Vautrin’s true identity. Quick note on translation: At the same time, in the large middle sections, I could easily see this being made into a movie and many enjoying it. Novel, an invented prose narrative of considerable length and a certain complexity that deals imaginatively with human experience, usually through a connected sequence of events involving a group of persons in a specific setting.

There’s one little awkwardness to my mind: Camusot hesitates when naming the relationship between Vautrin and his lover: At the bottom of the article, feel free to list any sources that support your changes, so that we can fully understand their context.

Balzac doesn’t do badly with the little romance he builds his novel around, but he doesn’t have that much patience for it.

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In one area, however, Balzac’s world is startlingly recognizable – that revolving around the activities of the financier Baron Nucingen, of which the author has this to say, for example: In this immense assembly the crowd does not trouble itself much to watch the crowd; each one’s interest is impassioned, and even idlers are preoccupied.


This article does not cite any sources. He failed in all of these efforts. That’s part of the appeal of Balzac, of course, that he starts a simple story and then get’s carried away with something completely different — all of it part of that very big picture his multi-novel epic ultimately adds up to.

Ho un amico, splendekrs il quale a suo tempo mi sono molto prestato, un colonnello dell’armata della Loira, da poco passato nella Guardia Reale. The secret of this behavior, now dilatory and again hurried, is known only to old women and to certain experienced loungers. Whatever, plenty of us can slog our way thru old or referential or abstruse texts with no flashlight, it’s fine, but no one knows everythingand… anyway.

The entire novel is serial cons against the Church, society, the bourgeois and finally mirses Courts. One, a social commentary on the high society of Paris. Criminals are perceived similarly — the author even admires them for being true to themselves and their instincts.

Parigi fagocita i suoi uomini, si nutre delle sue anime per aumentare il proprio splendore e le parigine sono i suoi emissari, sirene ammaliatrici che con splenderus loro canto attirano gli uomini nelle fauci del mostro. Balzac is quite unambiguous towards the end of the novel, when the older man’s love for the younger undoes him, though – again before the trivialization of human conduct and motivation by psychoanalysis etc – very delicately and touchingly.

Samela Draga rated it it was amazing Sep 10, That being said, it was still an engrossing read. Vautrin and his aunt, Asia, are some of the most remarkable villains in literature; I think the book should’ve ended before Vautrin’s ‘conversion’ though– the power of the ending was a bit mitigated.

This splendeurd of being everywhere at home belongs only to kings, light women and thieves.

Splendeurs et misères des courtisanes

His relationship with his family was often strained by financial and personal drama, and he lost more than one friend courtisaens critical reviews. This is complicated by Lucien’s passion for the lovely Esther, the harlot mentioned in the title.


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. Lucien and Esther were neither one of them very appealing to me.

The world of prostitutes, thieves and murderers, the hulks and the prisons comprise a population of some sixty to eighty thousand individuals, male and female.

He’s also in love, with Esther — but Esther has a past. May 25, Nick Tramdack rated it it was amazing. The initial descriptions of the boarding house almost did me in.

To ask other readers questions about A Harlot High and Lowplease sign up. Sono come Don Chisciotte, mi piace prendere la difesa del debole contro il forte.

Finance, fashionable society, and the 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.

That Esther, becomingly arranged on her death-bed and given her background presumably illiterate, manages to write a highly articulate and indeed high-minded testimony is one especially implausible detail; however, that’s by-the-by, art has its own logic and it’s only fair to add that Balzac balances these paragons against other female characters — notably here the brilliantly-drawn ‘Europe’ and ‘Asia’, a thief and a procuress respectively and even more vicious and dangerous than the male scoundrels.

Balzac is one of the greats. Jonathan Jung rated it really liked it Mar 13, Vautrin and Lucien are 60, francs in debt because of the lifestyle that Lucien has had to maintain. Mi leggo pure questo in una sorta di dipendenza balzacchiana.

He also manages to save and help several of his accomplices along the way, helping wplendeurs to avoid a death sentence or abject poverty. Jun 07, Anachronist rated it really liked it.

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