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Christ in Flanders (La Comédie Humaine)

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Honora de Balzac is considered the founder of social realism. Balzac was the first writer to write about all social levels of the social scene in France. His vast collection of works encompasses the Restoration period and the July Monarchy. La Comedie Humaine was written between 1799 and 1850. This collection contains 95 novels, stories, and essays. Christ in Flanders, wri ...more
Paperback, 48 pages
Published February 17th 2009 by Book Jungle (first published 1831)
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Lisa
Written in 1831, this is the (very short) story of the miracle for which the Convent of Mercy was built in Ostend: it tells the tale of passengers on a boat when a mighty storm blows up. The rich and powerful gather together to deny a seat to a stranger late to board; the poor make room for him. When the boat capsizes, the poor are saved and the others are drowned by the weight of their sins...
Why did Balzac write this little tale? The narrator (Balzac himself?) says that he found himself 'feeli
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Ben Dutton
As one of the short stories that makes up La Comédie humaine, Jésus-Christ en Flandre (Christ in Flanders) is a minor work. It forms part of the Études Philosophiques (of which the previously reviewed La Peau de Chagrin is part), Balzac’s fantastical sequence of works in his epic cycle.

The story concerns itself with the appearance of Christ (or a Christ like figure) to a group of people on a ferry from the Island of Cadzand to Ostend. It has been an ordinary day, but as:

“Streaks of fiery red gla
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Phil
Another sentimental short from Balzac - another of the Philosophical Studies that don't really appear to fit very well into the scheme of the Human Comedy. A diverse group of people hop onto a boat - one group of doughty peasants and one group of hoity toity toffs. In among them pops Jesus Christ, unnoticed by the sailors. A storm brews and the poor-but-happy folk all walk across the water to safety, while the cynical fat aristocats don't accept the situation and sink with the ship.

I'm coming to
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Marlene
This short very short story that takes place in Ostem, it was written in 1831 and tells the tale of the last passenger on a boat, a stranger, and how at his late arrival the rich and powerful in the boat deny him a seat, while the poor are able to make room for him. As an unexpeted storm swells up, the boat capsizes, those who belive and trust in the Lord are saved as the rich are pulled down by their sins. The Convent of Mercy in Ostem was built on the site of this miracle. I liked the moral me ...more
Yves
Cette courte histoire écrite par Honoré de Balzac porte sur la religion. Il y a deux parties, une première en mer avec la présence de Jésus sur un canot qui va faire naufrage et la seconde partie porte sur un personnage qui a une hallucination dans une église.

Personnellement, j'ai trouvé l'histoire plutôt ordinaire. Elle n'était pas bonne ni mauvaise. Balzac a fait de meilleures courtes histoires que celle-là.
Dagny
Another of Balzac's Etudes Philosophiques (Philosophical Studies) that I didn't really understand.
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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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