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The Firm of Nucingen (original 1837; edition 2006)

by Honoré de Balzac

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Title:The Firm of Nucingen
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César Birotteau by Honoré de Balzac (Author) (1837)



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The hero of the novel is a provincial man who comes to Paris, amasses a fortune through ethical business practices then loses it by speculating in a fraudulent scheme. The character sketches are classic Balzac and the Parisian scenes are colorful and accurate.
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On winter nights there is only a moment's respite from noise on the Rue Saint-Honore; the carts of vegetable dealers on their way to market follow almost immediately in the wake of carriages returning from the theatre or a ball.
There is but one brief interval of silence during a winter night in the Rue Saint-Honoré; for to the sounds of carriages rolling home from balls and theaters succeeds the rumbling of market gardeners' carts on their way to the Great Market.
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Set during the eclipse of Napoleon and the restoration of the Monarchy, this brilliant tale follows the turbulent career of César Birotteau, a basically honest man of peasant stock.  When he stumbles upon an invention that transforms his business into a flourishing enterprise, his dream for recognition and magnificence turns distinctly vivid . . . so vivid that he is blind to the swindlers scheming to disgrace and defraud him.  Soon he is confronted with the real entrepreneurial "spirit" of the times and forced to bow to a bourgeois "respectability" vested in public officials and steeped in hypocrisy.  [from the cover]
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This story is one of Balzac's "Scenes de la Vie Privee" within the "Comedie Humaine" sequence, and describes the irresistible rise and fall of a perfume merchant in the Rue St Honore. This novel is the French 19th-century's great poem of bankruptcy.

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