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Lost Illusions by Honoré de Balzac
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Oct 22, 10

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Read in October, 2010 — I own a copy, read count: 2

I need to expand my knowledge of Balzac and read something other than this work, because I always get caught up in Lucien's tale, despite the fact that he's a selfish, destructive twit.

Lucien is a proud poet from a small town who travels to Paris looking for fame and fortune. Being denied immediate success, he's left with two choices: become a journalist, wielding the power to sink or float plays and novels with his pen. Or keep his soul and remain a starving poet.

Lucien is not a hero. His sister and brother-in-law are clearly the better people, and perhaps the ones we should be following, but they're not the story.

And despite his many flaws, the plaintive tear-filled pleas Lucien made to the friend (whose novel he was being asked to malign) did move me to tears, even while Balzac was quick to point out how easily Lucien would find it to move on.
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