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The Splendors And Miseries Of Courtesans V1 (1895)

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The Way That Girls Love; How Much Love Costs Old Men;
Paperback, 504 pages
Published January 10th 2008 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1838)
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Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
Uh... A lot of classics fall hopelessly out of relevance, and this is one of them. However, that's not even the biggest problem. The biggest problem, as it is with most classics, of course, is the blatant, hideous and incredible racism. And of course, sexism. Part of those times, you'll say, but maybe we should just put it down and not read things like that anymore.

There are more reasons to put this down though. The story could be told in 300 pages, yet my copy tortured me for 600. It's full of
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Gabi Ghimis
Mar 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Osacr Wilde loved this, so I read it. A long time ago. Great book, with complex characters and a fantastic patience for reconstructing the french society and its social intricacies. Lucien, Esther and Vautrin make this worth reading.

Be patient with Balzac's penchant for details and understand that this book, although in it of itself of formidable girth, is part of a larger collection. It takes some time to get used to the times and the heavily footnoted character histories, but when you do it is
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Francesco D'Isa
Why students have to read that boring "Daddy Goriot," if everything that a teenager needs to know is so well taught by the courtesans?

Plot: The splendors and miseries of courtesans.
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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 fine detail and unfiltered representation of society, Balzac is regarded as one of the found
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