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The Duchesse de Langeais
Honoré de Balzac
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The Duchesse de Langeais (The Thirteen #2)

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This engrossing story takes us to a Spanish city in the wake of the French Revolution. The drama unfolds as the central character, Duchess de Langeais, seeks refuge in a convent. Balzac reveals the vain pretensions of the aristocrats with his signature wit and subtlety. Riveting!
Published January 1st 2006 by ReadHowYouWant (first published 1834)
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Amanda L

The descriptions are so long, chapter-long, as usual. But if you are patient enough to read that, I'm sure you will enjoy the book. Too bad that I like dialogues a lot more than descriptions, so I did not like this book as much as I first thought I would when I picked it up.
The reason I got married was to effectively release myself from the pains and vicissitudes of a life led looking for love, so as to be able to concentrate my energies on reading, thus I am not all that interested in books about the pains and vicissitudes of lives led looking for love.
This is one of the three novelettes that are grouped together as The History of the Thirteen, along with Ferragus: Chief of the Companions of Duty and The Girl with the Golden Eyes. The whole notion is that there is a secret society of wealthy gentlemen in Paris called The Thirteen which has powers approaching the supernatural.

In this book, Antoinette, the Duchesse de Langeais trifles with the feelings of General Armande de Montriveau, who is a member of the Thirteen. On the advice of one of his
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One of the most beautiful passages I've ever read was the scene when Sister Therèse knows Montriveau is outside the convent and she speaks to him through the music she plays on the organ.
Balzac is known for beautifully conveying the full range of human sentiment and complexity in his characters. He is also known for digressing from the storytelling to devote several pages to his detailed, didactic explanation on the current state of affairs, and so would be interesting to students of history as
Julia Boechat Machado
Muito mais do que a história, gosto da análise da nobreza de seu tempo que Balzac faz no primeiro capítulo. Dito isso, gosto, na história, de como Balzac consegue criar um história que parece clichê, o amor da duquesa e de Montriveau, para subvertê-la completamente. O final cumpre bem esse papel.
A wealthy and sternly disciplined convent of the Order of Barefoot Carmelites survived the French Revolution and the Napoleonic wars. It was here that the Duchesse de Langeais sought refuge after fleeing Paris.
Belle et triste histoire d'amour, intrigues des Treize, et aussi critique des coquettes du faubourg-Saint-Germain, . De magnifiques descriptions :
"La religion dominant la vie, en en offrant sans cesse aux hommes la fin et les moyens, image tout espagnole d'ailleurs ! Jetez ce paysage au milieu de la Méditerranée, sous un ciel brûlant ; accompagnez-le de quelques palmiers, de plusieurs arbres rabougris, mais vivaces qui mêlaient leurs vertes frondaisons agitées aux feuillages sculptés de l'archit
Neste romance, Balzac escreveu um primeiro capítulo fenomenal. E um epílogo formidável. É uma narrativa da qual o cinema se apropriou com maestria. O primeiro capítulo conta uma situação dramática que, misteriosa, demanda do escritor uma explicação retrospectiva. O problema é que a retrospectiva é maçante. Balzac, como sempre, faz um panorama social (curiosamente, não tão inspirado como em outras obras), depois foca em alguns personagens, destrincha-os, para depois se confundir com eles, e se es ...more
Megan Chance
The second of Balzac's trilogy "The Thirteen." I liked this one a bit better than "Ferragus," which was the first in the trilogy, and I'm enjoying Balzac quite a bit. His descriptions of Paris, the people and the culture are never boring, and he sets the scene beautifully. He is, however, a man of his time, and so his depictions of women in particular are a bit jarring, even for someone who's read a lot of classic literature (and who should be used to it). But the plot moves you along, as well a ...more
Adriana Scarpin
Existe uma razão do porquê Simone de Beauvoir escolheu Stendhal e não Balzac para fazer suas elucubrações a respeito de como um bom autor descreve suas personagens femininas, Balzac tão famoso por suas mulheres comete pecado atrás de pecado ao descrevê-las de maneira uniforme sem explorar a subjetividade – como se ser mulher consistisse de um amalgama social e não apenas um constructo. Resumindo, ele escreve bem pra caralho e aquela descrição do Fairbourg Saint German é uma obra prima à parte, m ...more
Encore une fois, Balzac nous offre une belle histoire d'amour impossible. Les deux sont amoureux fou l'un de l'autre mais malheureusement, la Duchesse est mariée. S'ensuit donc un bataille d'égo qui les atteindra émotivement les deux et les poussera à commettre stupidité par dessus stupidité.

Les deux parties que j'ai le plus aimé sont le kidnapping de la duchesse et la fin. Dans ce livre, tout passe par les émotion que Balzac décrit à merveille. Il a très bien saisi la psychologie humaine même s
it's a great book with beautiful passages in which the sound of the piano is like a sad music for the heart. I loved the fact that many passages are extraordinarily well written, I love Balzac's good writing. However, even if I loved the beggining of this book, I hated the ending. Too much pain, to much cruelty in the end.
A lot of talking about nothing. A critique of parisian society. Dumb love story.
Mi-a facut placere sa citesc acest roman, la fel cum s-a intamplat cu toate romanele lui pe care le-am citit pana acum. Nu ma plictiseste niciodata si niciodata nu-mi da impresia ca stiu povestea.
Bao Khanh
Terrible et violent amour. Une très belle histoire.
Désormais, Balzac devient un des mes auteurs préférés de la littérature française du XIXe siècle.
Devan Sipher
If you only read one book by Balzac, make it this one. If you don't plan on reading any books by Balzac, read it anyway. And try not to weep.
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Интересен роман...но не бих го прочела отново защото изисква време да се прочетат големи детайли..
Les personnages sont à la fois sinistres et peu crédibles. Dommage!
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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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“Yes,' Montriveau went on in an unsteady voice, 'this Catholic faith to which you wish to convert me is a lie that men make for themselves; hope is a lie at the expense of the future; pride, a lie between us and our fellows; and pity, and prudence, and terror are cunning lies. And now my happiness is to be one more lying delusion; I am expected to delude myself, to be willing to give gold coin for silver to the end. If you can so easily dispense with my visits; if you confess me neither as your friend nor your love, you do not care for me! And I, poor fool that I am, tell myself this, and know it, and love you!” 1 likes
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