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La ragazza dagli occhi d'oro (La Comédie Humaine #55)

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Una ragazza di meravigliosa bellezza fa misteriose apparizioni in un quartiere di Parigi, sempre strettamente vigilata da una governante. Un giovane si innamora perdutamente di lei, ma solo quando la passione divampa tra i due scopre il terribile mistero che essa cela. Sullo sfondo di una Parigi "spietata e grande cortigiana", teatro di sinistri intrighi e oscure vendette, ...more
Paperback, I grandi libri Garzanti #650, 127 pages
Published 2004 by Garzanti (first published 1833)
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Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Placer y oro. En estas dos palabras se apoya Honoré de Balzac para pertrechar esta pequeña novelita sobre el acalorado amor fugaz entre Henri de Marsay y una voluptuosa aunque virginal señorita de pupilas doradas llamada Paquita Valdez.
Pero antes de que Balzac nos cuente todo lo referente a este apasionado affaire, nos introducirá durante todo el primer capítulo (la novela consta de tres) en una ciudad de París cien por ciento realista. Atrás quedaron los dorados años del Romanticismo en donde l
Henry Martin
Aug 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Tempo de Ler
Apr 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
«A vida é uma singular comédia.» (p. 72)

São escritores como Balzac que elevam a prosa ao estatuto de arte e tornam o simples ato de ler num enorme prazer.

Foi então pela escrita do autor que me rendi a «A Rapariga dos Olhos de Ouro», mais do que propriamente pelo melodramático romance. Gostei muito do cuidado analítico e do tom crítico com que Balzac nos fala da sociedade parisiense do século XIX (Capítulo I: «Fisionomias Parisienses»), ridicularizando-a e despindo-a de mérito uma vez após a o
Oct 03, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Blah. First off, this begins with 30 pages which describe all of the ways Paris is terrible. As far as that goes, it has very little to do with the story. Henri is such a ridiculously one-dimensional and aggravating character. Actually, maybe not one dimensional, as he changes his character's way of being without rhyme or reason several times during the novel. His way of thinking is completely irrational, and the "love" and "passion" that he feel is more grotesque than anything else. If this is ...more
Baran باران
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, france
Cemil Meriç'in mükemmel çevirisiyle ilginç bir Balzac romanı. Sarrasine romanından cinsel meselelere karşı duyarlılığını bildiğimiz Balzac bu romanda kitabın ancak sonlarında orda bir iki sayfa içerisinde üstü kapalı olarak anlayabildiğimiz iki kadın arasında yaşanan bir aşkın hazin sonunu hikaye eder. Okunmaya değer bir çalışma, ancak kitabın en güzel yanlarından biri 184 sayfalık kitabın 93 sayfalık Cemil Meriç'in Balzac'ın hayatına ve eserlerine dair -kırpılmış olmasına rağmen- geniş değerlen ...more
Tejas Desai
Oct 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I taught this novella in my writer's workshop and most of my students could not get through it, but that's a shame. While it is certainly is not perfect, it is one of the more interesting novellas I've read, and one of Balzac's many fascinating works. The structure itself is a marvel, as it begins with an overview of all of Parisian (and human) society and zeroes in on one very specific, and very grim, tale. This is where Balzac began his oeuvre, folks, this is where one of the greatest, if not ...more
This story is one of The Thirteen, a trilogy about a mysterious band of men pledged to assist each other at need with no questions asked. We learn some past history and probably more than we wanted to know about Henri de Marsay who appears in sixteen of the Comedie humaine stories.
Marts  (Thinker)
After a long description of Paris and then the introduction of Henri de Marsay, in comes a 'golden-eyed' girl who is eventually killed by her jealous mistress...
When I find a person, a book, or an author that I find really interesting, I like to investigate to see what THEY found interesting. That is how I eventually came to Balzac. I had just finished reading Sin in the Second City (a fantastic history of a high class brothel in the early days of Chicago), and it mentioned that the Mistresses of the Everleigh club schooled the prostitutes and many lessons focused on Balzac. I thought that I should look into Balzac myself.

His prose is breathtaking.

Elizabeth Ferrer Sanabria
Es la segunda obra que leo de Balzac y casi no la termino, porque hasta la mitad del libro encuentras el argumento.

-"¿Sabes, Paul, que llevo una vida embrutecida? Va siendo hora de buscar un destino, de emplear las fuerzas en algo que merezca la pena vivir. La vida es una comedia singular. Estoy asustado; me rio de la inconsecuencia de nuestro orden social. El gobierno les corta la cabeza a unos pobres infelices que ha matado a un hombre y da patente a unos seres que liquidan cada invierno (...)
Gláucia Renata
Novela publicada em 1835, compõe a trilogia História dos Treze, juntamente com Ferragus e A Duquesa de Langeais. As histórias são independentes mas tem em comum o Clube dos Devoradores, sociedade secreta onde os 13 membros se comprometem a se ajudar mutuamente haja o que houver (ou haja o que hajar como dizia o saudoso Vicente Matheus).
O protagonista é Henri de Marsay, playboyzinho que aparece em outros livros do autor e aqui se encanta com uma menina misteriosa (a tal dos olhos de ouro), Paquit
Dec 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, favourites
Refreshingly cynical in his effortless slicing of society's absurdities, over 150 years later, Balzac's keen and scathing observations continue to apply to modern western civilization:

"Now we have reached the third circle of this hell… Their actual stupidity is hidden beneath an expert science. They know their profession, but they ignore anything unconnected with their profession. So, to protect their self-esteem, they call everything into question, criticize right and left; seem skeptical but
Ana Rînceanu
Question: Did Balzac hate people in general or just people in Paris?
Answer: .......

I've got mixed feelings about this book. Perhaps, this novella is meant to be read if you're in the mood to ridicule people, their pettiness and superficiality. I can't really shake the feeling that Balzac wrote this to entice the reader with artful and often grotesque descriptions and deprave characters which only inspire a sense of sensationalism. Although he describes love so ardently and brings a sharp critiqu
Marie Viala
On ne peut pas vraiment parler de déception, puisque je j'attendais rien de ce livre. C'est la curiosité qui m'avait poussée à le lire : diantre, Balzac a écrit a propos de relations sapphiques ? Il faut que je vérifie ça de mes propres yeux... Mon incrédulité a été, hélas, justifiée, puisque le scénario était, très honnêtement, loin de celui des autres Balzac auxquels j'ai pu jeter un œil, et que j'ai trouvé bien plus intéressante et approfondie la relation entre de Marsay et son pote dandy que ...more
Mar 10, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, queer
Dear Balzac, there is no man knows crimes of passion like you!

The vice of passion is one of Balzac's favorite themes, and he writes on it brilliantly in this book. In this work, the vice in question is Lesbianism, for which Pacquita pays fittingly by dying at the hands of her jealous Mistress.

Of course no other end would be allowed, Lesbianism was an unthinkable perversion in 19th c. France. Hence, Balzac's choice of the theme. He wanted to shock readers "out of their moral complacency." (Fade
Elena Druță
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Apr 21, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Balzac begins this story with a vicious rant against humankind. It was almost enough to make me stop but I confess I skimmed it to get to the good part, which is fairly steamy for the time.

There is a plot twist and a surprising one. He foreshadows it a bit but you still won't see it coming. Then when it's upon you, you might miss it. I did. The Marquis makes a one-eighty and turns on his lover.

I had to go to Wikipedia and read a plot summary to figure out why!

The women are both victims and monst
Mallika Soni
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, the-books
Ok. It took me a while to understand what happened with me when the book ended. The beginning as everyone has said is tiring .. Paris!! This man has some problem with Paris for sure. Then the story begins and it begins beautifully after 30 pages of Paris though. It is an extremely advanced read and must be called a Classic Novella. The end is baffling and surprising. So.yeah. I recommend it and only to those who have patience to deal with tough vocabulary and a lot of confusion.
Feb 28, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lisa by: Balzac Yahoo Reading Group
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Debby Nemecek
I just didn't "get it." A short book, but at points I could not follow the story and at points I found it innane & insane. Some points I did enjoy the detailed descriptions of the various characters that make up Paris or the detail of a room. But at the end, my thoguh was just - Huh?
Nov 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Slim novella (part of the Human Comedy series) -- jaded boy meets lovely girl in thrall to another. Excellent prologue and first chapter, then some good melodrama.
Rafa Sánchez
Balzac siempre colma tus aspiraciones de disfrutar de una buena narración por su maestría pero en esta novelita parece que tuvo prisa por acabarla y deja muchos cabos sueltos.
Jun 04, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Juan Rivera
Dec 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lecturas-2017
When a beautiful girl time many times you imagine things that are not. You want to see her as very intelligent, very brave, very open, etc ... all the qualities you want to find in a woman.

Almost always, when you know it, it is totally the opposite.

You always learn something of life when you read renowned authors, and Honoré de Balsak's "The girl with the golden eyes" has everything, even an unexpected end.

Honoré wrote countless books about the life in France of his time. A reference to who want
Kübra Merve
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edebiyat
İlk olarak Cemil Meriç çevirisi okuduğum için pişmanım. Günümüz Türkçesinde kullanmadığımız kelimeler çok fazla olduğu için sürekli kitaptan kopma durumu söz konusu. Kitabın okunması gereken kısmı anladığım kadarıyla ilk 20 sayfası olmasına rağmen çevirininde etkisiyle tasvirlerin ağırlığı bu asıl kısmı okunamaz hale getiriyor. Hikayenin konusu oldukça mide bulandırıcı. Sonuç olarak okuması zor ve zevksiz bir kitap.
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Inesperada. Entretenida, interesante, original. Una historia muy buena, personajes fascinantes, y la historia aun más fascinante.

Jun 22, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Christopher McQuain
Not an easy writer, Honoré de Balzac, but so far the books I've read have been very rewarding.
antonio brito
Nov 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Descrevendo a sociedade parisiense Balzac define seu objetivo - "Deste modo, chegamos ao terceiro ciclo desse inferno, que possivelmente, terá um dia o seu Dante" - Evidente que este Dante é o próprio Balzac. A comédia humana dos parisienses aqui descrita é o mundo dos vivos do Inferno da Divina Comédia de Dante. Não procure nesta novela um roteiro romântico, ficarás frustado. No primeiro capítulo a sociedade parisiense é classificada em círculos sociais que podem muito bem representar nossa soc ...more
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