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Cousin Bette - Francine Prose, Honoré de Balzac, Kathleen Raine
Cousin Bette
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“Bette is a wronged soul; and when her passion does break, it is, as Balzac says, sublime and terrifying,” wrote V. S. Pritchett. A late masterpiece in Balzac’s La Comédie Humaine, Cousin Bette is the story of a Vosges peasant who rebels against her scornful upper-class relatives, skillfully... show more
“Bette is a wronged soul; and when her passion does break, it is, as Balzac says, sublime and terrifying,” wrote V. S. Pritchett. A late masterpiece in Balzac’s La Comédie Humaine, Cousin Bette is the story of a Vosges peasant who rebels against her scornful upper-class relatives, skillfully turning their selfish obsessions against them. The novel exemplifies what Henry James described as Balzac’s “huge, all-compassing, all-desiring, all-devouring love of reality.”
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780375759079 (0375759077)
ASIN: 375759077
Publisher: Modern Library
Pages no: 496
Edition language: English
Series: Poor Relations
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Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it
3.0 Cousin Bette by Honoré de Balzac, Johanna Ward (Narrator)
bookshelves: published-1846, france, winter20092010, classic, fraudio, revenge Read in January, 2010 - James Waring, Translator- Unabridged- 12 Tapes = 17 Hrs. 30 Mins- Blackstone Audiobooks- January 2000BLURB - “Bette is a wronged soul; and when her passion does break, it is, as Balzac says, s...
Reading Slothfully
Reading Slothfully rated it
3.0 Cousin Betty
I've always wondered about the part in The Music Man, when an imposing woman wanders through spouting "Balzac!" at various points when they're worrying about the degeneration that is likely to happen to young people who don't have proper diversions, like a community band as opposed to things bound t...
Prerazmišljavanje
Prerazmišljavanje rated it
5.0 Cousin Bette (Modern Library Classics)
"Ne može se živeti bez velikih zaborava."Kao priča za sebe, skoro savršena.Kao deo "Ljudske komedije", genijalna.Balzak mi polako postaje sve draži. Skidam slušalicu, nikad ovakav pisac od mene.
Pants' Books & Stuff!
Pants' Books & Stuff! rated it
3.0
(Originally published on my livejournal account: http://intoyourlungs.livejournal.com/)Yayy, another book for school. I was not at all excited when I saw this book on my class reading list, and I wasn't any more excited when I got a look at the cover, saw the length or read the blurb. I have to say ...
Not Quite Home
Not Quite Home rated it
4.0 Cousin Bette
Wow. What lengths a woman will go to just for a touch of revenge. She's not a very likable protagonist, and I'd hate to have her mad at me, but the writing is good, and so is the plot, and I can't complain about the character development. This is a classic for a reason.
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