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Λουί Λαμπέρ (La Comédie Humaine)

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Ο Λουί Λαμπέρ είναι ένα φτωχό παιδί το οποίο γίνεται δεκτό στο Κολέγιο της Βαντόμ με τη χορηγία της βαρόνης ντε Στάελ. Ο μοναδικός του φίλος συμμερίζεται τις ιδεολογικές ανησυχίες του και τον ακολουθεί στη δική του αναζήτηση που αντιτίθεται σε κατεστημένες θεωρίες. Χλευάζονται από τους συμμαθητές, τιμωρούνται από τους καθηγητές, μα εκείνοι συνεχίζουν τις μελέτες τους για τ...more
Hardcover, 135 pages
Published 2011 by Δημοσιογραφικός Οργανισμός Λαμπράκη (first published 1832)
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Maan Kawas
A beautiful novel by the great French novelist Balzac’s novel sequence “La Comedie Humane”, which fall into the “Etude Philosophic” section of the sequence! The novel seems to focus on the life and particularly the thoughts of the genius boy protagonist “Louis Lambert”, who was fascinated by the philosophy of Swedenborg and his book “Heaven and Hell”. The novel talks about Lambert’s background and early childhood and school days, and the suffering he and his close friend were subject to from the...more
Brian Bess
I first became intrigued by this relatively obscure philosophical novel by Balzac when I found that Henry James had named the protagonist of his great novel The Ambassadors, Louis Lambert Strether, after the title character. The novel has been difficult to find in a print edition; now I have it in a complete ebook collection of Balzac’s work.
Balzac incorporated many autobiographical elements in this tale of a boy genius whom the narrator meets when they are both students at a school in Vendome,...more
The character of Louis Lambert is generally considered to be Balzac himself and the "Treatise on the Will" ("Traite de la Volonte") in the novel was actually written by Balzac in his youth and destroyed by a schoolmaster. Highly rated by many critics, but not my cup of tea, although I liked it better with a second reading (probably because I skipped the tedious parts).
Sep 05, 2014 Lisa rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lisa by: Balzac Yahoo Reading Group
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A peculiar novella, this is along the lines of what I would have expected from something classified as a "Philosophical Study" (unlike the Wild Ass's Skin, which was actually more of a conventional novel).

Louis Lambert is recounted in the first person by a narrator who appears to be Balzac and is focused on an almost supernatural philosophical genius, Louis Lambert. It recounts all of the events of his short and uneventful life in several sustained segments of narrative, the longest being the be...more
Nick Tramdack
Almost a science fiction novel. Lambert's philosophies... and there's not much else in the book... suggest remarkable, concrete-sounding ways of revolutionizing everything, of "immanentizing the eschaton", of ushering in a new era.

Yet they're so misinformed and ridiculous in the light of contemporary thought that the average reader will probably get very little from this book.

Recommended only for hardcore Balzacians.
Keinwyn Shuttleworth
My four stars are given almost completely to the section of love letters Louis Lambert wrote to Mademoiselle de Villenoix as they tend to create the nouveau frisson that tremulous hearts and hopeless romantics always desire.
How is it that Balzac manages to be so persistently and perversely wonderful?
Esteban Gordon
While not the greatest short work by any means, it is one of the more autobiographical stories by Balzac. His "philosophy" developed here is sorely outdated, but the sketches of his old schools days make it a worthwhile read.
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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.

Due to his keen observation of detail and unfiltered representation of society, Balzac is regarded as one of the founders o...more
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