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The Girl With The Golden Eyes (La Comédie Humaine)

3.39  ·  Rating Details ·  990 Ratings  ·  87 Reviews
One of those sights in which most horror is to be encountered is, surely, the general aspect of the Parisian populace - a people fearful to behold, gaunt, yellow, tawny. Is not Paris a vast field in perpetual turmoil from a storm of interests beneath which are whirled along a crop of human beings, who are, more often than not, reaped by death, only to be born again as pinc ...more
Hardcover, 108 pages
Published February 8th 2006 by 1st World Library (first published 1833)
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Fernando
Jan 16, 2017 Fernando rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Placer y oro. En estas dos palabras de apoya Honoré de Balzac para pertrechar esta pequeña novelita sobre el acalorado amor fugaz entre Henri de Marsay y una voluptuosa aunque virginal señorita de pupilas doradas llamada Paquita Valdez.
Pero antes de que Balzac nos cuente todo lo referente a este apasionado affaire, nos introducirá durante todo el primer capítulo (la novela consta de tres) en una ciudad de París cien por ciento realista. Atrás quedaron los plateados años del Romanticismo en donde
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Tempo de Ler
Apr 21, 2015 Tempo de Ler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
«A vida é uma singular comédia.» (p. 72)

São escritores como Balzac que elevam a prosa ao estatuto de arte e tornam o simples ato de ler num enorme prazer.

Foi então pela escrita do autor que me rendi a «A Rapariga dos Olhos de Ouro», mais do que propriamente pelo melodramático romance. Gostei muito do cuidado analítico e do tom crítico com que Balzac nos fala da sociedade parisiense do século XIX (Capítulo I: «Fisionomias Parisienses»), ridicularizando-a e despindo-a de mérito uma vez após a o
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Henry Martin
Aug 12, 2013 Henry Martin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Chris
Oct 03, 2012 Chris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Blah. First off, this begins with 30 pages which describe all of the ways Paris is terrible. As far as that goes, it has very little to do with the story. Henri is such a ridiculously one-dimensional and aggravating character. Actually, maybe not one dimensional, as he changes his character's way of being without rhyme or reason several times during the novel. His way of thinking is completely irrational, and the "love" and "passion" that he feel is more grotesque than anything else. If this is ...more
Tejas Desai
Oct 09, 2012 Tejas Desai rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I taught this novella in my writer's workshop and most of my students could not get through it, but that's a shame. While it is certainly is not perfect, it is one of the more interesting novellas I've read, and one of Balzac's many fascinating works. The structure itself is a marvel, as it begins with an overview of all of Parisian (and human) society and zeroes in on one very specific, and very grim, tale. This is where Balzac began his oeuvre, folks, this is where one of the greatest, if not ...more
Dagny
This story is one of The Thirteen, a trilogy about a mysterious band of men pledged to assist each other at need with no questions asked. We learn some past history and probably more than we wanted to know about Henri de Marsay who appears in sixteen of the Comedie humaine stories.
Becky
When I find a person, a book, or an author that I find really interesting, I like to investigate to see what THEY found interesting. That is how I eventually came to Balzac. I had just finished reading Sin in the Second City (a fantastic history of a high class brothel in the early days of Chicago), and it mentioned that the Mistresses of the Everleigh club schooled the prostitutes and many lessons focused on Balzac. I thought that I should look into Balzac myself.

His prose is breathtaking.

Th
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Bruan
Dec 03, 2012 Bruan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, favourites
Refreshingly cynical in his effortless slicing of society's absurdities, over 150 years later, Balzac's keen and scathing observations continue to apply to modern western civilization:

"Now we have reached the third circle of this hell… Their actual stupidity is hidden beneath an expert science. They know their profession, but they ignore anything unconnected with their profession. So, to protect their self-esteem, they call everything into question, criticize right and left; seem skeptical but
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Ana Rînceanu
Question: Did Balzac hate people in general or just people in Paris?
Answer: .......

I've got mixed feelings about this book. Perhaps, this novella is meant to be read if you're in the mood to ridicule people, their pettiness and superficiality. I can't really shake the feeling that Balzac wrote this to entice the reader with artful and often grotesque descriptions and deprave characters which only inspire a sense of sensationalism. Although he describes love so ardently and brings a sharp critiqu
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Marie Viala
On ne peut pas vraiment parler de déception, puisque je j'attendais rien de ce livre. C'est la curiosité qui m'avait poussée à le lire : diantre, Balzac a écrit a propos de relations sapphiques ? Il faut que je vérifie ça de mes propres yeux... Mon incrédulité a été, hélas, justifiée, puisque le scénario était, très honnêtement, loin de celui des autres Balzac auxquels j'ai pu jeter un œil, et que j'ai trouvé bien plus intéressante et approfondie la relation entre de Marsay et son pote dandy que ...more
Alaina
Mar 10, 2009 Alaina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, queer
Dear Balzac, there is no man knows crimes of passion like you!

The vice of passion is one of Balzac's favorite themes, and he writes on it brilliantly in this book. In this work, the vice in question is Lesbianism, for which Pacquita pays fittingly by dying at the hands of her jealous Mistress.

Of course no other end would be allowed, Lesbianism was an unthinkable perversion in 19th c. France. Hence, Balzac's choice of the theme. He wanted to shock readers "out of their moral complacency." (Fade
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Elena Druță
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Gerald
Apr 21, 2013 Gerald rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Balzac begins this story with a vicious rant against humankind. It was almost enough to make me stop but I confess I skimmed it to get to the good part, which is fairly steamy for the time.

There is a plot twist and a surprising one. He foreshadows it a bit but you still won't see it coming. Then when it's upon you, you might miss it. I did. The Marquis makes a one-eighty and turns on his lover.

I had to go to Wikipedia and read a plot summary to figure out why!

The women are both victims and monst
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Mallika Soni
Jul 14, 2014 Mallika Soni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, the-books
Ok. It took me a while to understand what happened with me when the book ended. The beginning as everyone has said is tiring .. Paris!! This man has some problem with Paris for sure. Then the story begins and it begins beautifully after 30 pages of Paris though. It is an extremely advanced read and must be called a Classic Novella. The end is baffling and surprising. So.yeah. I recommend it and only to those who have patience to deal with tough vocabulary and a lot of confusion.
Lisa
Feb 28, 2011 Lisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lisa by: Balzac Yahoo Reading Group
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Debby Nemecek
I just didn't "get it." A short book, but at points I could not follow the story and at points I found it innane & insane. Some points I did enjoy the detailed descriptions of the various characters that make up Paris or the detail of a room. But at the end, my thoguh was just - Huh?
Maria
Nov 03, 2012 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Slim novella (part of the Human Comedy series) -- jaded boy meets lovely girl in thrall to another. Excellent prologue and first chapter, then some good melodrama.
Suat Baran
Mar 01, 2017 Suat Baran rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cemil Meriç'in mükemmel çevirisiyle ilginç bir Balzac romanı. Seraphita romanından cinsel meselelere karşı duyarlılığını bildiğimiz Balzac bu romanda kitabın ancak sonlarında orda bir iki sayfa içerisinde üstü kapalı olarak anlayabildiğimiz iki kadın arasında yaşanan bir aşkın hazin sonunu hikaye eder. Okunmaya değer bir çalışma, ancak kitabın en güzel yanlarından biri 184 sayfalık kitabın 93 sayfalık Cemil Meriç'in Balzac'ın hayatına ve eserlerine dair -kırpılmış olmasına rağmen- geniş değerlen ...more
antonio brito
Nov 20, 2013 antonio brito rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Descrevendo a sociedade parisiense Balzac define seu objetivo - "Deste modo, chegamos ao terceiro ciclo desse inferno, que possivelmente, terá um dia o seu Dante" - Evidente que este Dante é o próprio Balzac. A comédia humana dos parisienses aqui descrita é o mundo dos vivos do Inferno da Divina Comédia de Dante. Não procure nesta novela um roteiro romântico, ficarás frustado. No primeiro capítulo a sociedade parisiense é classificada em círculos sociais que podem muito bem representar nossa soc ...more
Richard Smith
Feb 17, 2017 Richard Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The only way to read this delicious novella is to abandon yourself to it. Take is seriously and you'll never finish.

My blog: https://richardswsmith.wordpress.com/...
antonio brito
Nov 20, 2013 antonio brito rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Descrevendo a sociedade parisiense Balzac define seu objetivo - "Deste modo, chegamos ao terceiro ciclo desse inferno, que possivelmente, terá um dia o seu Dante" - Evidente que este Dante é o próprio Balzac. A comédia humana dos parisienses aqui descrita é o mundo dos vivos do Inferno da Divina Comédia de Dante. Não procure nesta novela um roteiro romântico, ficarás frustado. No primeiro capítulo a sociedade parisiense é classificada em círculos sociais que podem muito bem representar nossa soc ...more
Elizabeth Ferrer Sanabria
Es la segunda obra que leo de Balzac y casi no la termino, porque hasta la mitad del libro encuentras el argumento.

-"¿Sabes, Paul, que llevo una vida embrutecida? Va siendo hora de buscar un destino, de emplear las fuerzas en algo que merezca la pena vivir. La vida es una comedia singular. Estoy asustado; me rio de la inconsecuencia de nuestro orden social. El gobierno les corta la cabeza a unos pobres infelices que ha matado a un hombre y da patente a unos seres que liquidan cada invierno (...)
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Amandine
Après ma lecture des Diaboliques de Barbey d'Aurevilly, j'ai eu envie de rester parmi les classiques et de choisir une valeur stylistique sure. Cette nouvelle de Balzac, dont le résumé annonçait une histoire d'amour impossible, correspondait tout à fait à cette envie.

En termes d'amour impossible et mortelle, j'ai été parfaitement servie, mais n'ai à vrai dire pas compris comment : Balzac semble lancer plusieurs fausses pistes potentielles pour expliquer l'impossibilité d'amour pour le couple ce
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Sylvester
Aug 26, 2010 Sylvester rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book, classic
I gave this two stars because I just can't give Balzac only one. But if you're thinking of reading his books, skip this one, he's got so many that are amazing, and this one falls short of his usual standard. It was good at the beginning, and got me nicely warmed up, and then went strangely awry - sort of Gothic/Arabian Nights with a lot of confusion thrown in - not what I'd ever expect from Balzac. The beginning had a few great comments as given from the point of view of a man who is so handsome ...more
B-MO
Sep 30, 2008 B-MO rated it liked it
Recommends it for: History Buffs for the first half of the book....writers....
Shelves: fiction
This book had a really weird composition. It starts out, the authors description of Paris in the years ????. He describes various sets of people who inhabit Paris, how they spend their days, what their pluses and minuses in his eyes are. This description must go on for about half of the book, and is a very very interesting read. The second half of the book, is the story of one man in a quest for a woman based off a brief encounter....it tails into this story simply by saying....at the end of the ...more
Jason
Aug 16, 2011 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, classic, novella
A Balzac novella that is part of the History of the Thirteen, although in this translation published as a standalone work. Its interest lies mainly in how shocking it is to imagine such a novel being written in the 19th century: a man seduces a young girl who is zealously guarded by her family, the girl makes him dress up in women’s clothing and calls him by a woman’s name when they make love, he returns to her the next night vowing to kill her for it but discovers she has already been murdered ...more
Beatrice
Continuo a ripetermi, forse, ma non posso farne a meno: Balzac è davvero uno scrittore straordinario. Con una modernità sconcertante, descrive una Parigi a dir poco infernale nei suoi personaggi e nelle sue dinamiche sociali, al confronto della quale perfino la Londra dickensiana impallidisce. La seconda parte del libro è un po' avventura galante, un po' fiaba Mille e una notte, ma purtroppo con un finale agghiacciante. Se ha scioccato me, nel 2014, immagino le reazioni nel 1830 o giù di lì. La ...more
Mina Soare
Nov 12, 2016 Mina Soare rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ce n’est pas seulement par plaisanterie que Paris a été nommé un enfer. Tenez ce mot pour vrai. Là, tout fume, tout brûle, tout brille, tout bouillonne, tout flambe, s’évapore, s’éteint, se rallume, étincelle, pétille et se consume.


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I used to dislike in realism how many of its authors renounced the means of literary expression in a quest for true representation. As you can see, Balzac has to time for such a timid appr
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Jimmy In
A narcissistic young nobleman despairs of ever finding a woman beautiful enough to deserve his perfect beauty until one day on the streets of Paris, he discovers a young beauty with golden eyes. He knows he must seduce this young woman, who has been brought to Paris by her mother to be sold to a mysterious Marquess as a love slave. He does seduce her and thinks he has met the only woman who can satisfy his decadent lust until in the height of passion she screams another lover's name. He decides ...more
Pedro
A primeira parte do livro é de tirar o fôlego: nela, Balzac retrata Paris de uma maneira implacávcel, algo dificilmente igualável por um historiador. O grande romancista constrói o ambiente de desorientação, frivolidade (prazer e ouro), transição e cansaço de uma cidade que esmaga seus habitantes.

Valeria só por isso - fiquei imaginando se o Rio teria algo igual. Talvez não tenha. Mas, nas partes seguintes, embora a narrativa ainda tenha imensa qualidade, conhecemos apenas a auto-ilusão do person
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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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