Pierrette

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Kessinger Publishing, Jun 1, 2004 - Fiction - 132 pages
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When there is an old maid in a house, watch-dogs are unnecessary; not the slightest event can occur that she does not see and comment upon and pursue to its utmost consequences. The foregoing trifling circumstance was therefore destined to give rise to grave suppositions, and to open the way for one of those obscure dramas which take place in families, and are none the less terrible because they are secret, --if, indeed, we may apply the word "drama" to such domestic occurrences.

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Review: Pierrette (La Comédie Humaine)

User Review  - Esteban Gordon - Goodreads

A wonderful portrayal of the despicable lives of two of Balzac's "Celibates." It is also a rare tale in which Balzac adds some real emotional thrust as poor, abused Pierrette's million year old grandma comes to her rescue....sort of. Dig it. Read full review

Review: Pierrette (La Comédie Humaine)

User Review  - Manny - Goodreads

If you belong to the school of thought which holds that Madame Bovary encourages adultery and Othello domestic violence, then you'll probably decide that this book condones child abuse. Just so that you're warned. Read full review

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Born on May 20, 1799, Honore de Balzac is considered one of the greatest French writers of all time. Balzac studied in Paris and worked as a law clerk while pursuing an unsuccessful career as an author. He soon accumulated enormous debts that haunted him most of his life. A prolific writer, Balzac would often write for 14 to-16 hours at a time. His writing is marked by realistic portrayals of ordinary, but exaggerated characters and intricate detail. In 1834, Balzac began organizing his works into a collection called The Human Comedy, an attempt to group his novels to present a complete social history of France. Characters in this project reappeared throughout various volumes, which ultimately consisted of approximately 90 works. Some of his works include Cesar Birotteau, Le Cousin Pons, Seraphita, and Le Cousine Bette. Balzac wed his lifelong love, Eveline Hanska in March 1850 although he was gravely ill at the time. Balzac died in August of that year.

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