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Adieu (Farewell) (La Comédie humaine)

3.26  ·  Rating Details  ·  290 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
1819.
On a hot day of summer two hunters, two friends - the Marquis d'Albon and Baron Philippe de Sucy - lost in a forest in the Ile-de-France see a feminine silhouette under the foliage of a abandoned park. In this young woman, unable to do anything but mechanically repeating the single word, "Farewell", the disturbed Philippe recognizes the Countess Stéphanie de Vandières
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Paperback, 52 pages
Published 2006 by Dodo Press (first published 1830)
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Yani
Oct 05, 2013 Yani rated it really liked it
A veces uno no mide el verdadero impacto de lo que lee hasta que se involucra totalmente con el texto. El hecho de tener que analizarlo para un examen fue increíble, porque me ayudó a ver cosas a las que no les había prestado atención hasta que volví a leerlo. Dejando de lado mi experiencia personal (sepan disculpar: a mí me gusta hablar de eso porque nunca me llevo igual con un libro que con otro), Adiós es un cuento que me resultó ameno y terrible al mismo tiempo. "Ameno" porque Balzac usa u ...more
Sylvester
Jan 06, 2012 Sylvester rated it liked it
Shelves: audio-book, classic, war
Balzac gets right into the action in "Farewell". Skipping his usual lengthy descriptions, this little book might seem out of place among the rest of his Human Comedy, but the writing quality is unchanged. Balzac skillfully if briefly tells a story of the after-effects of war. I love how the word "Farewell" haunts the tale.
Lisa
Sep 05, 2014 Lisa rated it liked it
Recommended to Lisa by: Balzac Yahoo Reading Group
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Andrea Love
Sep 23, 2010 Andrea Love rated it it was ok
Lost love can so damage the mind that the physical person becomes barely recognizable. This story is a great example of how some people change after lost love while other become stuck at the mental point of abandonment. When the abandonment is resolved, the shock is so great, the physical shell which has held things together for so long, cannot handle the shock, shattering completely.
Mary
Jan 25, 2016 Mary rated it liked it
Je n'ai pas été franchement bouleversée par cette nouvelle, et il me semble que cela est dû à la chronologie de la narration. L'effet de surprise recherché ne fonctionne pas sur moi car tout est assez évident. Cependant ce qu'on ne peut pas enlever à Balzac, c'est qu'il sait décrire avec un réalisme affolant. J'ai ressenti le froid, la douleur et la fatigue de ces soldats. Il décrit aussi très bien et avec beaucoup de vérité le genre humain, ce qui malheureusement fait que pour moi il est assez ...more
Molly
Oct 13, 2013 Molly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 5-stars
Encontrei este livro na biblioteca da Faculdade e trouxe-o para ler. Com apenas 80 páginas, pequenas dimensões e uma capa bem bonita, achei-o excelente. Não pesa nada e é de fácil transporte. Também já há algum tempo que queria ler algo deste autor.

Este pequeno conto é uma delícia. Fiquei completamente maravilhada com a paixão presente na obra. A paixão e o amor que nela se apresentam é de uma pujança que faz estremecer o coração.

Este conto conta um episódio da vida de Phillipe de Sucy, um maj
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Kenneth Bareksten
May 04, 2013 Kenneth Bareksten rated it really liked it
Balzac, hva kan man si. En realismens og tragediens mester, i hvertfall i Adieu. Leste en original oversettelse på dansk fra 1890 med tidvise absurde danske kommaregler, men hva gjøre vel det når man kan lese; "Mon vi nogen Sinde, mer skal danse Trénis paa et gulv i Paris"

I korte trekk: en tredelt novelle der første del gir oss et innblikk i et savnens retrospektivitet fra Filip de Sucy. Etter å ha blitt skilt fra sin Stefanie på Berezinas bredder, som også var åsted for et av de blodigste slag
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djamb
Crítica completa em www.folhasdepapel.wordpress.com

Embora tente lutar contra o intuito de julgar os livros pela capa, com este pequeno conto não resisti. A capa parecia-me tão triste, melancólica e doce e a crítica prometia um mergulho tão intenso no período da Restauração e na história francesa que acabei por abrir rapidamente esta pequena obra de Honoré de Balzac.

“O último adeus” é um pequeno conto que foi escrito e publicado em várias partes num semanário francês, acabando estas partes por se
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Brainarchy
Apr 04, 2014 Brainarchy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unfinished, classics
Boooooooooring! This was Balzac's last chance to entertain me. I'm a classics fan but his style just doesn't draw me. :s
Yves
Oct 22, 2011 Yves rated it it was amazing
Shelves: xixe-siècle, france
Le livre Adieu m'a vraiment renversé. Dans ce roman, on assiste en partie à la débandade française en Russie en 1812. Les descriptions sont tellement bonnes que je ressentais presque le froid glacial que devait supporter les soldats. De plus, Balzac parle ici de façon indirecte du syndrome post-traumatique avec Stéphanie de Vandières. Elle est tellement traumatisée qu'elle vit maintenant comme un animal. De Sucy tentera par tous les moyens de faire revenir sa belle dans le monde normal.

Pour moi,
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Jackie
May 12, 2010 Jackie rated it it was ok
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Latyr Niang
Feb 17, 2014 Latyr Niang rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Grande intensité narrative !
Jennifer
May 15, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic-lit
How utterly tragic!
Laura Verret
Apr 13, 2010 Laura Verret rated it did not like it
I don't think this book had much of a point. In the first chapter we are introduced to the main character; Monsieur Sucy. In the second chapter we learn of his tragic past and his love for a countess who is now mad. In the third and final chapter we read about his interaction with her, his sorrow that she no longer recognizes him, and her uncle's design to reconstruct the battle scene that caused the countess to lose her mind. (?!?) I found the book rather strange and not very enjoyable.
James
Jun 15, 2010 James rated it liked it
This novella is part of the larger "Comedie Humaine." It is about a feral woman suffering from PTSD, and her former lover trying to help her become sane. The most interesting parts are the long flashbacks to Napoleon's losing front in Russia, and the soldiers and nobles trying to escape with their lives. I wonder if it is based in history or just story. As with many great classics, I think this would do well as a science fiction novella (as long as their were space ships and laser guns).
Amanda
A tragedy focusing on Philip, a colonel, and Genevieve who were separated during war in Siberia. Philip finally years later finds Genevieve only to see that she has lost her mind, capable only of speaking one word. "Farewell."

Overall, it is a well-written tragedy, but the characters come across as weak rather than sympathetic. Recommended for fans of French literature and tragedies.

Check out my full review.
Dagny
Jul 18, 2012 Dagny rated it liked it
While visiting an old friend, Philip de Sucy sees a woman who brings back memories of a terrible experience in Siberia many years ago during the Napoleonic wars. It is the same woman, but seemingly totally insane now. Her uncle has despaired of recalling her mind and is willing to let de Sucy make an attempt. Also translated with the title Farewell.
Julie Rylie
sweet and tragic love story of a woman that gets lost in battle and her beloved, general Suce, finds her again after some years and discovers she got insane. Even tho she was not sane, he lives with that burden and never abandons his beloved again and even fights for her mental health and hires a doctor, until something tragic happends...
JoAnn
Nov 13, 2009 JoAnn rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2009
I really didn't understand this story. I might have to read it again and perhaps look for some commentary to assist in my comprehension.
Monica
Feb 05, 2008 Monica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the texts I'm using for my thesis. It is incredible how many iterpretations of Stephanie my mind can come up with.
Viswanathan Venkataraman
Jan 24, 2013 Viswanathan Venkataraman rated it really liked it
Some fifty odd pages. Felt few books describe horrors of war so vividly in so many few pages interwoven with a love story.
Nagisa
Oct 23, 2013 Nagisa rated it it was ok
Shelves: french, 1800-1849
Interesting story.
The author calls the characters by different names, so I often confused them.
Branca
Feb 15, 2016 Branca rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Esperava mais de Balzac, mas não me ficarei por aqui.
(aqui fica-)
Haman
Oct 16, 2014 Haman rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: world-novel
از داستانهاي كوتاه بالزاك با عنوان خداحافظ به فارسي ترجمه شده
Célia
Um pequeno conto deste autor que não me deixou muitas saudades.
Elisabete
«O último adeus»
Quigui
Mar 12, 2010 Quigui marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Honoré de Balzac was a nineteenth-century French novelist and playwright. His magnum opus was a sequence of almost 100 novels and plays collectively entitled La Comédie humaine, which presents a panorama of French life in the years after the fall of Napoléon Bonaparte in 1815.

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