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Kessinger Publishing, Jun 1, 2004 - Fiction - 132 pages
3 Reviews
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  - Lisa - Goodreads

One of Balzac's weepies: a tad overdone but still it has the ring of truth as all his stories do. A vulnerable girl tricked out of her inheritance, taken in by two relations who exploit her and finally denied not only happiness but justice too. Read full review

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

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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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