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Eugénie Grandet by Honoré de Balzac
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I was not particularly drawn into this story of the young, wealthy heiress, Eugenie Grandet. Though Eugenie will inherit wealth from her father, the family lives in a miserly way until a visit from a young, attractive city cousin, Charles, changes things. Charles brings a letter from his father for Grandet in which he makes it clear that he is bankrupt and about to kill himself. He leaves it to Grandet to break this to Charles. Eugenie of course falls in love with Charles but he leaves for the Indies to try to remake his fortune. Grandet, instead of hoarding his money as he always has, is led into investing his money and learns the glories of compounding interest. Grandet is obsessed with money and Eugenie is obsessed with her love and I suppose the results of these obsessions is the point of the book.

To me, it all felt more like a fable than like real characters. I had a hard time connecting to any of the characters and felt the whole premise was overblown and overdramatic. I picked up Balzac on a whim since he's referenced so much in Proust and I'd never read any. I won't be rushing back! ( )
  japaul22 | Jul 8, 2019 |
No need for histrionic qualification, this was a sublime novel. ( )
  jonfaith | Feb 22, 2019 |
In the post-French Revolution town of Saumur, the sweet and naive Eugenie is much sought after as a bride (for her father's money, mostly) although she seems generally unaware of the attention. She, her mother and their one servant lead a sheltered and Spartan life under the miserly and tyrannical gaze of her father, a local baron of the wine trade. When she falls in love with her penniless cousin and gives her savings away to help him, she starts down a path of misery and disappointment.
Well, it's not a happy read, but a well-crafted one, and it includes one of the most easy-to-loathe characters (Eugenie's father) I've ever come across. Recommended, if you like that sort of thing - think Thomas Hardy, but maybe a half-step less dreadfully depressing. ( )
  electrascaife | Jan 8, 2019 |
Monsieur Grandet is the wealthiest man in the provincial town of Saumur. The former cooper has used his business acumen and wiles, amid the social upheavals following the French Revolution and the subsequent Empire and Restoration, to skillfully acquire vineyards and a horde of gold that’s the envy of all. Yet the miser continues to dress as a laborer, and live in the same gloomy old house with his wife and daughter Eugénie as before. Their only visitors to this dismal abode are the families of his lawyer and banker, vying for the hand of Eugénie and her eventual inheritance. So the sudden appearance of a dashing and handsome young man from Paris into their midst quite upsets everyone’s schemes.

Skillfully, succinctly and realistically Balzac constructs his story of monomaniacal greed and domestic bullying, punctuated with dramatic scenes of intense emotions, set against a backdrop of drab melancholy. However, like Dickens he can portray the striving for social status and wealth with a sharp and witty eye. ( )
  MaowangVater | Dec 6, 2017 |
Tolstoi impiegò cinque anni per scriverlo, io ho impiegato venti anni per finirlo. Finito, poi non è la parola esatta. Diciamo: preso e ripreso.

Questo non è un romanzo è una epopea immensa, tra storia e romanzo, di un popolo, una società, una cultura. Vicende private e pubbliche, turbinose e pacifiche, cose e persone che ruotano intorno a due famiglie: i Bolkonski e i Rostov.

Tolstoi riesce a scrivere tutto dei suoi personaggi, ne avvertiamo addirittura il respiro. Viviamo con loro il pendolo delle emozioni. Contadini e soldati, aristocratici e contadini, sembrano fatti di una sostnaza infantile infinitamente cresciuta, sviluppata, ingrandita, fatti di una natura transitoria e perpetua.

Quando muoiono sembrano sempre presenti, quando soffrono sembrano essere felici di soffrire. Sono fatti di una umanità mitica soltanto perchè in fondo sono veramente umani. ( )
  AntonioGallo | Nov 2, 2017 |
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A Maria,
Que votre nom, vous dont le portrait est le plus bel ornement de cet ouvrage, soit ici comme une branche de buis bénit, prise on ne sait à quel arbre, mais certainement sanctifiée par la religion et renouvelée, toujours verte, par des mains pieuses, pour protéger la maison.
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Your portrait is the fairest ornament of this book, and here it is fitting that your name should be set, like the branch of box taken from some unknown garden to lie for a while in the holy water, and afterwards set by pious hands above the threshold, where the green spray, ever renewed, is a sacred talisman to ward off all evil from the house.
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In some country towns there exist houses whose appearance weighs as heavily upon the spirits as the gloomiest cloister,the most dismal ruin, or the dreariest stretch of barren land.
In some country towns there are houses more depressing to the sight than the dimmest cloister, the most melancholy ruins, or the dreariest stretch of sandy waste. [Ellen Marriage Tr.]
Charles was a thorough child of Paris, with a Parisian's habit of mind..
He had received the detestable education of a world in which more crimes (in thought and word at least) are committed in one evening than come before a court of justice in the course of a whole session; a world in which great ideas perish, done to death by a witticism, and where it is reckoned a weakness not to see things as they are. To see things as they are – that means, believe in nothing, put faith in nothing and in no man, for there is no such thing as sincerity in opinion or affection; mistrust events, for even events can be manufactured. To see things as they are you must weigh your friend's purse morning by morning; you must know by instinct the right moment to interfere for your own profit in every matter that turns up; you must keep your judgement rigorously suspended, be in no hurry to admire a work of art or a noble deed, and give every one credit for interested motives on every possible occasion.
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Depicting the fatal clash between material desires and the liberating power of human passions, Honore de Balzac's "Eugenie Grandet" is translated with an introduction by M.A. Crawford in "Penguin Classics". In a gloomy house in provincial Saumur, the miser Grandet lives with his wife and daughter, Eugenie, whose lives are stifled and overshadowed by his obsession with gold. Guarding his piles of glittering treasures and his only child equally closely, he will let no one near them. But when the arrival of her handsome cousin, Charles, awakens Eugenie's own desires, her passion brings her into a violent collision with her father that results in tragedy for all. "Eugenie Grandet" is one of the earliest and finest works in Balzac's Comedie humaine cycle, which portrays a society consumed by the struggle to amass wealth and achieve power. Here Grandet embodies both the passionate pursuit of money, and the human cost of avarice. M. A. Crawford's lucid translation is accompanied by an introduction discussing the irony and psychological insight of Balzac's characterization, the role of fate in the novel, its setting and historical background. Honore De Balzac (1799-1850) failed at being a lawyer, publisher, printer, businessman, critic and politician before, at the age of thirty, turning his hand to writing. His life's work, La Comedie humaine, is a series of ninety novels and short stories which offer a magnificent panorama of nineteenth-century life after the French Revolution. Balzac was an influence on innumerable writers who followed him, including Marcel Proust, Emile Zola, Charles Dickens, and Edgar Allan Poe. If you enjoyed "Eugenie Grandet" you might like Moliere's "The Miser" and "Other Plays", also available in "Penguin Classics".

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The miser Grandet lives with his wife and his daughter, Eugenie. The arrival of Charles, Eugenie's cousin, stirs her desires, but Grandet's obsession with gold causes tragedy.

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