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Lost Illusions by Honoré de Balzac
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May 30, 2011

liked it
bookshelves: gave-up
Read from May 09 to 30, 2011

** spoiler alert ** I chose to give up on this book. I did enjoy the writing, but I lost track of the characters. If this were a period in my life where I could find time to read every day, i probably could have finished it, but it was too hard to remember when I skipped a day or two. I would read another book by Balzac sometime, but I wouldn't return to this one because it wasn't really compelling enough.
The writing is Dickensian, and the story is of a young, poor man who aspires to be a famous writer. He is taken under the wing of a village woman of social standing, but after they run off together to Paris, he is left to fend for himself and falls in with other young literati and artists. That's as far as I got. The fact that he lusts after fame and wealth and that his sister and best friend are wholesome goody two-shoes who dote on him spells trouble for our young hero I fear...

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