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The Deserted Woman (La Comédie Humaine)

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The narrative deals with French aristocracy. The grand dame who used to invite the elite of the society is forced to live in seclusion. But far from the city, she again finds love; luck, however favours those who have the guts to act in time. A tale of unrequited love that touches the heart!

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Laura
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En 1822, au commencement du printemps, les médecins de Paris envoyèrent en Basse-Normandie un jeune homme qui relevait alors d'une maladie inflammatoire causée par quelque excès d'étude, ou de vie peut-être. Sa convalescence exigeait un repos complet, une nourriture douce, un air froid et l'absence totale de sensations extrêmes.


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N'étant ni mère ni épouse, repoussée par le monde, privée du seul coeur qui pût faire battre le sien sans honte, ne tirant d'aucun sentiment les...more
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Phakin
ความสำเร็จของบัลซัคก็คือเขาเรียงร้อยนาฏกรรมชีวิตได้ยืดยาวและเข้มข้นเสียจนคนที่เผลอจดจำเขาเสียแล้ว ไม่อาจลืมเขาได้ หญิงรักร้างเป็นรวมสองเรื่องสั้น เรื่องหนึ่งเกี่ยวกับหญิงที่ร้างรักซ้ำแล้วซ้ำเล่า อีกเรื่องหนึ่งเกี่ยวกับชายหนุ่มผู้รักร้างฉับพลัน บัลซัคเป็นผู้มีเลือดนักเขียนข้นคลั่ก และบรรจงสร้างฉากและโครงเรื่องในชนิดที่ไม่ใช่ใครจะทำได้ง่ายๆ นี่ไม่ใช่รีวิวหนังสือที่ดีนัก เพราะมันไม่อาจเปิดเผยอะไรได้มากกว่านี้อีก ผลงานของเขารอคอยอยู่ในตัวหนังสือ วิญญาณของโพมิธิอุสแห่งวงการวรรณกรรม ซุกซ่อนอยู่ระหว่าง...more
Dagny
In Pere Goriot, one of the cornerstones of the Human Comedy, we first met Eugene de Rastignac's cousin Vicomtesse de Beauseant. Although married herself, she felt deserted when her lover decided to marry and she left Paris prior to his wedding. For three years she has lived in isolation, almost mourning. Now her story continues in The Deserted Woman.

M. le Baron Gaston de Nueil, a young Parisian, has been sent away from Paris to recover from an inflammatory complaint. He finds life in the provinc...more
Lisa
Oh dear, this is rather melodramatic, but it's probably a fair representation of the social consequences of desertion on a woman in the 19th century, and of the impossibility of divorce.
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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...more
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