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Letters of Two Brides (La Comédie Humaine)

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  307 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
By the French author, who, along with Flaubert, is generally regarded as a founding-father of realism in European fiction. His large output of works, collectively entitled The Human Comedy (La Comedie Humaine), consists of 95 finished works (stories, novels and essays) and 48 unfinished works. His stories are an attempt to comprehend and depict the realities of life in con ...more
Paperback, 220 pages
Published May 5th 2006 by Dodo Press (first published 1841)
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Το Άσχημο
Jun 18, 2017 Το Άσχημο rated it it was amazing
Αυτό το έργο...

Από τη μία έχει όλα τα τυπικά χαρακτηριστικά ενός γαλλικού επιστολικού μυθιστορήματος του 19ου αιώνα, πομπώδεις εκφράσεις, υπερβολικές συναισθηματικές εξάρσεις, αντιλήψεις περί της γυναικείας αρετής όπου στην εποχή μας δεν μπορεί παρά να θεωρηθούν παρωχημένες, αλλά... ενσωματώνει και όλα εκείνα τα στοιχεία που στην πορεία ανέδειξαν τον ρεαλισμό ως αυτούσιο και γόνιμο λογοτεχνικό είδος. Η ίδια η ιστορία της ζωής των δύο νέων κοριτσιών, όπως εξελίσσεται μέσα σε μια περίπου δεκαετία
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Lisa
Feb 06, 2010 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, c19th, france
Marvellous! I don't usually record the short stories I'm reading from Balzac's Comedie Humaine here on Good Reads, but this one is longer than most and quite intriguing. It's written entirely as letters, mostly between Renee and her friend Louise, and it contrasts Renee's rather prosaic marriage and her love of her children with Louise's two marriages, both based on extraordinary passion. There's a rather melodramatic ending, but still, a satisfying story and one that's a good introduction to Ba ...more
Laura


Opening:
A GEORGES SAND.  
Ceci, cher Georges [Bien que Sand ait toujours écrit son prénom, George, sans s, nous respectons ici la graphie de l'édition Furne, que Balzac n'a pas corrigée.], ne saurait rien ajouter à l'éclat de votre nom, qui jettera son magique reflet sur ce livre; mais il n'y a là de ma part ni calcul, ni modestie. Je désire attester ainsi l'amitié vraie qui s'est continuée entre nous à travers nos voyages et nos absences, malgré nos travaux et les méchancetés du monde. Ce senti
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twrctdrv
Sep 13, 2013 twrctdrv rated it really liked it
every Balzac novel seems to follow the same pattern: a relatively slow beginning picks up more and more as it goes on until, by the time you get to the middle, you suddenly realize you've become so drawn into the novel that you almost forgot the distinction between it and reality, and you continue in this state of confused reality until you reach the end of the novel and Balzac throws in a moral so dated to his time and so far from your own moral compass that you're torn from the reality of the ...more
K.
Apr 19, 2014 K. rated it it was ok
Shelves: french-lit
Before beginning: I have loved Balzac in the past. I enjoy epistolary novels. Looking forward to it as something a little different from what I've been reading lately.

Beginning: Somewhat mystified. Am not sufficiently learned in French cultural literacy. If correct, I surmised that both young women, Louise and Renee, (the novel's main characters) had been placed in convents as young children, for two purposes; 1) education; 2)in hopes that they would remain there so their families could use the
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Gláucia Renata
Nov 04, 2014 Gláucia Renata rated it it was amazing
O título faz parte das Cenas da Vida Privada e foi publicado em 1841. É um romance epistolar onde duas jovens amigas, recém saídas de um convento onde permaneceram após 9 anos voltam a seus lares. Renata vai para a província e acaba se casando por lá. Ela tem ideias simples, de ser esposa mas, principalmente, mãe. Luísa vai para Paris, vive a atribulada vida social da corte e tem o amor e a paixão por ideiais. Ambas se casam dentrode suas ambições e vão trocando suas experiências, alegrias, tris ...more
Jim
Jan 31, 2010 Jim rated it liked it
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Joel Beard
Sep 06, 2014 Joel Beard rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite Balzacs. The structure of the letters written by two such different women is masterful, revealing their characters and the dramas of their lives through their two voices and, of course, the words each chooses, lifting the curtain a bit more on their loves, sorrows and confusions with each letter.
Ida Aasebøstøl
Dec 13, 2016 Ida Aasebøstøl rated it liked it
Epistolary fiction leaves too little room for sassy comments and profoundly cunning insights. And reflections of an outsider. Not his best, no.
Etienne Mahieux
Aug 06, 2015 Etienne Mahieux rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Comme l'ont déjà suggéré beaucoup de ces petites notes, il y a parfois un décalage entre ce que l'on croit ou que l'on cherche à faire et ce que l'on fait. Ici, décalage dès le titre : ces "Mémoires" sont un roman épistolaire, curieusement creusé de trous et d'ellipses, et à la chronologie pour le moins flottante (au début). Ce qui intéresse Balzac dans le genre est la polyphonie qu'il autorise avec naturel ; mais il ne fait pas de l'envoi de la lettre un élément même de l'action, comme c'est le ...more
Dagny
Jul 17, 2012 Dagny rated it liked it
Letters of Two Brides is an epistolary novel. The two brides are Louise de Chaulieu (Madame Gaston) and Renee de Maucombe (Madame l'Estorade). The women became friends during their education at a convent and upon leaving began a life-long correspondence. Their stories, marriages, children, and adventures are revealed in letter form between the two confidants.

This was my first experience reading a novel completely written in letters and I had my doubts about whether or not I would enjoy it. Howev
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Camille
La forme épistolaire me plaît généralement beaucoup, et même si l'on est très loin du génie de Laclos avec Les Liaisons dangereuses, j'ai passé un agréable moment. Louise et Renée présentent deux visions opposées de l'amour et du mariage : amour-passion vs mariage-raison. Les mises en garde de Renée deviennent rapidement répétitives et laissent rapidement entrevoir la fin du roman, ce qui est un peu dommage. Cependant le débat entre les deux protagonistes est intéressant, même s'il faut déjà réu ...more
Karen Chung
Mar 03, 2012 Karen Chung rated it really liked it
Original French title: Mémoire de deux jeune mariées. I listened to this as a Librivox audio book, mixing both the English and French readings and texts. In spite of an overly contrived ending, I enjoyed this a lot – it’s basically Balzac sharing things he’d thought about relating to love, passion, duty, marriage, equality and inequality in relationships, in the form of letters between two young former nuns returning to secular life and society. It's a book I'd read again, partly for French prac ...more
Hannah
A charming epistolary novel about two women growing up and falling in love. Balzac contrasts Renee who choses an arranged marriage with an older man and her domestic life with her children, and Louise who falls passionately and jealously in love. The novel gives a good insight into the motivations of the two women and into their private and public lives, although I would describe them as both being rather stubborn in their opinions and Renee in particular can be quite judgemental towards Louise. ...more
Laura
Jan 19, 2016 Laura rated it really liked it
This is a story of love and marriage told through letters, primarily between two young women who attended a convent school together. The novel is a little melodramatic at times, as was the nature of writing at the time; however, Balzac inserts a level of realism that is refreshing for the time. His descriptions of pregnancy, childbirth, and nursing will be familiar to women of today. Most of us will also recognize both the compromise and jealousy that are often part of marriage. Overall, the mod ...more
Hinata Hyuga
Jan 21, 2015 Hinata Hyuga rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics, favorites
yes, i am biased. I realize that Balzac has pieces that are more recognized and, perhaps, better written. This one, however, is my personal favorite, as this one is so close to my reality. My friend and I were inspired by this book so much, that we still keep writing paper letter to each other from time to time, even though we chat and whatsap everyday. Skype could be very close to real-time conversation, but no one can deny that old fashioned letters have their own charm.
Narendra Jussien
Jul 24, 2013 Narendra Jussien rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Deux amies quittent le couvent, faute de vocation, et se marient, l'une �� Paris (Louise) et l'autre en province (Ren��e). L'une, romantique et exalt��e, mourra jeune apr��s deux mariages domin��s par la passion; l'autre, sage et ambitieuse, contracte un mariage de convenance qui, gr��ce �� sa diplomatie et �� son ��nergie, sera finalement heureux. De tr��s belles pages sur la maternit�� et sur la passion !
Fazackerly Toast
that was actually not too bad. Renee on her love for her children was excellent. the ending was ridiculous though. Louise was a Romantic idiot from beginning to end and when everyone in the book keeps banging on about how spirituelle she is and so plein d'esprit you feel like saying, oh yeah? bet you wouldn't be so impressed if she weren't also dazzlingly beautiful, because frankly she's behaving like a total banana head.
Bonnie Oman
Nov 29, 2008 Bonnie Oman rated it really liked it
This book was really great. It has some of the sweetest sentiments of motherhood and love. The style of writing is a little wordy and poetic but it's well worth it. One of the most interesting feelings from the book I got was that mothers and wives have the same feeling and fears that we do today. It made me feel that all though this book is very old that these women were my next door neighbors.

Yves Panis
Nov 23, 2014 Yves Panis rated it really liked it
Roman épistolaire (comme les extraordinaires Liaisons dangereuses de Laclos) où deux jeunes mariées racontent leur vie. L'une choisit la province et le mariage serein mais sans amour. L'autre Paris et les amours passionnées. Superbe. Moraliste forcément. Mais style exceptionnel. Disparu aujourd'hui hélas trois fois hélas !
Yuliia
Oct 11, 2011 Yuliia rated it it was amazing
I thought it was awesome and I would want to re-read it ( which is unbelievable). I will keep this book in my library, very-very nice!
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Nov 21, 2015 Fatmanur rated it it was amazing
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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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