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The best opening of any Balzac work I have read. And in some of the ensuing scenes, the most wooden melodrama of any Balzac work I have read, especially the scene where Ginevra confesses her love to her father who says she will die before him if she continues down this path. But there are numerous hints of the Balzac to come, most especially in the description of the relationship and backbiting between girls in Monsieur Servin ( )
  nosajeel | Jun 21, 2014 |
The best opening of any Balzac work I have read. And in some of the ensuing scenes, the most wooden melodrama of any Balzac work I have read, especially the scene where Ginevra confesses her love to her father who says she will die before him if she continues down this path. But there are numerous hints of the Balzac to come, most especially in the description of the relationship and backbiting between girls in Monsieur Servin’s painting class. There is an awful lot of Balzac worth reading before this – but if you’re looking for a short entrée or have read a bunch already, I would recommend this. ( )
  jasonlf | Aug 2, 2011 |
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Honore De Balzac may only have lived for 51 years but his work lives on through such vital classics as La Vendetta (The Vendetta). This novel is also part of La Comedie Humaine (The Human Comedy) and is the eighth of the Sc?nes de la vie prive (Scenes of Private Life). The series parodies and depicts French society in the first half of the 19th Century.… (more)

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