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Le bal de Sceaux (La Comédie Humaine)

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C'est l'histoire d'une jeune fille aristocratique qui a déjà refusé plusieurs prétendants, sous prétexte qu'ils ne sont pas des pairs de France. Mais elle rencontre un jeune homme mystérieux au "Bal de Sceaux». Ce jeune homme ne révèle pas son identité et ne semble intéressé par sa sœur, une fille fragile. Mais il n'est pas totalement insensible à l'attention de Emilie et ...more
96 pages
Published 2004 by Gallimard (first published 1829)
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Gláucia Renata
Esse é o segundo título do volume 1 da Comédia Humana. trata-se de uma novela que traz como personagem o conde de Fountaine, cujo maior problema na vida é conseguir um marido para a filha mais nova, Emilia. Orgulhosa e exigente ao extremo, não existia candidato capaz de atender suas inúmeras exigências, entre as quais, a principal seria a de que ele fosse um par de França. Até que ela conhece Longueville. E agora? Muitas reviravoltas aguardam o leitor nessa pequena novela.

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Ben Dutton
The Ball at Sceaux is one of the oldest books in Balzac’s La Comédie Humaine. It was the fifth written book. It’s storyline is derivative, for he seems inspired by Aleksandr Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin and the fables of La Fontaine, especially La Fille (“The Girl”) and Héron (“The Heron”). Nevertheless, he is able to put a typically Balzacian twist upon them.

Émilie de Fontaine is in desperate need to be titled: she will love nobody unless they are known in French society. At the ball at Sceaux she f
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Yves
M. de Fontaine est un comte qui a combattu pour la monarchie durant la révolution. Lors de la restauration, celui-ci retrouve peu à peu ses privilèges en se rapprochant du roi Louis XVIII. Il réussi à obtenir des postes importants pour ses fils et à bien marier ses deux premières filles. Il ne reste qu'Émilie à marier, un jeune fille très capricieuse qui ne trouve aucun homme de son goût. Tout change lorsqu'elle fait la rencontre de le mystérieux Maximilien. La question que se pose Émilie et son ...more
Laura
This is the second book of book of La Comédie Humaine - Scènes de la vie privée.

According to Wikipedia "the first edition of this novella was published in 1830 by Mame and Delaunay-Vallée in the Scènes de la vie privée (Scenes of Private Life). It was republished in 1835 by Madame Charles-Béchet, in 1839 in the Charpentier edition, and then in 1842 in the first volume of the Furne edition of la Comédie Humaine".




The English version can be found at The Ball at Sceaux.

The original French text at Wi
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Fazackerly Toast
poor Emilie! Granted she's horrible, but you've still got to feel a bit sorry for her - after all, it's not her fault that she's the way she is. I take some comfort from thinking that Longueville is clearly such a superior person the marriage probably wouldn't have worked out well anyway.
Yen Ba
C'était meilleur que ce à quoi je me suis attendue. Je suis même un peu surprise de reconnaître que j'ai suis assez intéressée par le livre et ai pris du plaisir à le lire. Mais bon, Balzac reste Balzac, son écriture reste trop compliqué et antique pour mon goût; et à vrai dire, si on en tire vraiment un schéma narratif et dissèque le réalisme des personnages, je ne peux pas donner 3 étoiles. 3 étoiles sur Goodreads signifient "I liked it", et j'ai donné 3 étoiles à d'autres livres que j'ai aimé ...more
Yves Panis
Superbe deuxième nouvelle de la Comédie Humaine. La dernière fille d'un riche noble laisse passer l'homme de sa vie...parce qu'il n'est pas noble et riche....
Dagny
Young Emilie de Fontaine is considering what she would prefer in a husband. At nineteen she is the darling of her relatives and tyrannizes ruthlessly over them. Having decided that she will settle for nothing less than the son of a peer of France, she treats her admirers with scorn. She is intrigued by a handsome young man she sees at the ball but is unable to discover his identity.
Lisa
Not so keen on this one, the characterisation of Emilie is too black-and-white and the ending too 'serves-her-right' predictable.
My summary is at http://balzacbooks.wordpress.com/2014...
Joyce M. Tice
Human nature has not changed in these two centuries. Emilie is inflexible and a snob, and lives to regret it - and she deserved to be miserable.
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Emilie
Mais quelle affreuse snob cette Emilie!!
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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
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