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The Collection of Antiquities (La Comédie Humaine)

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Balzac, master of the French novel and the author of Pere Goriot, also wrote short stories about life in provincial France. This is a collection of these well-crafted tales. Newly designed and typeset for easy reading by Boomer Books.
Paperback, 168 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by Boomer Books (first published 1839)
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The second book in The Jealousies of a Country Town is set in Alencon after The Old Maid which should be read first. While it does stand on its own, a history of some of the characters is presented in The Old Maid. Victurnien d'Esgrignon is an only son. His mother died in childbirth and he was raised, and much spoiled, by his father and aunt. This aunt, Armande, turned down several marriage proposals to devote herself to raising her nephew. One of her suitors became quite bitter and wanted to av ...more
Esteban Gordon
The plot was not his best, but old Honore's characterizations in this short work are sublime.
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Narendra Jussien
Le Cabinet des Antiques d��signe le milieu de cette vieille noblesse de province, ruin��e par la R��volution et oubli��e par les Bourbons restaur��s. Le marquis d'Esgrignon, sa soeur et ses amis incarnent ce groupe social. H��las ! le fils du marquis, parti pour Paris, y m��ne joyeuse vie, s'y ruine, commet un faux, risque le bagne. Le Cabinet des Antiques forme une suite de la Vieille Fille m��me si certains noms ont ��t�� modifi��s. Balzac excelle �� peindre ces classes sociales path��tiques e ...more
A pleasant surprise. Most of Balzac's best work has been re-translated recently by Penguin, Oxford, or other publishers; but for this gem, you have to go back to the 1890s and early 1900s when Ellen Marriage and Katharine Prescott Wormeley were the only games in town.

This short novel is one of the set of two known as JEALOUSIES OF A COUNTRY TOWN (the other member of which is AN OLD MAID, also worth reading) tells of the youthful indiscretions of a scion of a provincial noble family and how his
Momo García
Tal vez, una de las mejores narraciones de las luchas entre la nobleza y la burguesía, así como su eventual fusión.
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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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