An Historical Mystery (La Comédie Humaine)
Set earlier than most of Balzac's Comedie Humaine, the novel covers the years 1803-6, when Napolean was making himself first Consul and then Emperor. The inclusion of Napoliean himself, as well as figures like Talleyrand and Fouche, makes this a histo...more
So why list a book I can't remember? Well, I have to have all my books posted somewhere on the web so if I get hit by a bus I will have a cyber legacy beyond a very nice farm in Farmville.
It does help to know a little about the French Revolution and the rise of Bonaparte, but Balzac does give enough historic information so that a reader, unfamiliar with the period will still not be...more
Due to his keen observation of detail and unfiltered representation of society, Balzac is regarded as one of the founders o...more