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A Harlot High and Low by Honoré de Balzac
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Jun 29, 11

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Read in June, 2011

Balzac, Honoe de. A HARLOT HIGH AND LOW. (1839-1847). *.
This novel is, I think, not typical of Balzac’s works. It is an extremely difficult read, and forces the reader to assimilate a large cast of characters in a very short time. Unlike his other books, Balzac does not spend a lot of time developing his characters’ background or giving us early clues as to which of them will continue to play an important role in this book. Of the more than 500 pages in this Penguin Classics edition, I was only able to make it through about 100 of them before I cried ‘uncle.’ If you haven’t read any of Balzac’s works, this would not be the place to start.
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