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A Woman of Thirty (1832)

by Honoré de Balzac

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good...but not his best
By sally tarbox on 30 Aug. 2011
Format: Paperback
this novel actually follows our lead character, Julie, from being a teenager; in Chapter 1, her father takes her to a review of the troops and notices her absorption in a certain handsome colonel, whom he counsels her against marrying. The story moves on, father dies and Julie does indeed marry Victor. I don't want to spoil the book for you but there is marital discord, illicit love, poor parenting, with one child ever left 'out in the cold' (and the repercussions of that) and the trials of old age. The book's weakness comes when Balzac leaves the more mundane themes of relationships, and goes off on a flight of fancy with Helene's bizarre elopement and frankly unbelievable expoloits thereafter. ( )
  starbox | Jul 10, 2016 |
I did not think that I would be in the mood of Balzac's realism, but I'd always wanted to read this book when I turn thirty! I liked the second half of the book more than its rest, as it got closer to its end, I kinda got the feeling that the writer was in a rush to finish the book. However, I enjoyed reading all the delicate details he expressed from the heart of a woman. ( )
  GazelleS | May 11, 2016 |
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Balzac, Honoré deprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Allem, MauriceIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Citron, PierreEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cristallo, MyriamTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gedgaudaite, BiruteTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Im Anfang April 1813 versprach ein Sonntagmorgen einen der schönen Tage, an denen die Pariser zum erstenmal im Jahre ihr Strassenpflaster schmutzlos und den Himmel ohne Wolken sehen.
It was a Sunday morning in the beginning of April 1813, a morning which gave promise of one of those bright days when Parisians, for the first time in the year, behold dry pavements underfoot and a cloudless sky overhead.
1813 metais, balandzio pradzioje, isauso sekmadienis, jau nuo ryto pranasaujantis viena tu graziu dienu, kai paryzieciai pirma karta po ziemos pamato giedra dangu ir sausus saligatvius.
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Le mariage ne vous réussit point. Tout est là. L'histoire de cette jeune femme qui a épousé étourdiment son bellâtre très fort sur l'équitation est l'histoire implacable des déceptions de la vie conjugale, des déceptions de l'intimité conjugale. En dépit du décor, tout est brutal. C'est une confession de jeune mariée. Tout est admirable : la nullité du mari soutenu en secret, le dévouement pour garder les apparences sans les compensations de l'amour, et, au fond de tout cela, l'égoïsme de l'homme, une existence vide à perpétuité entrevue avec désespoir. La répugnance pour l'intimité conjugale est le secret de toute cette vie. La douairière ne s'y méprend pas. Le mariage ne vous réussit point. C'est l'histoire d'un mauvais départ. A partir de ce livre, Balzac est devenu le peintre des femmes, non pas seulement le peintre de la femme de trente ans, mais l'écrivain qui sait dire ce qu'elles n'osent pas s'avouer.

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Known for his keen observations and finely drawn characters, Honore de Balzac is regarded as one of the forerunners of the literary realism movement that swept Europe in the nineteenth century. A Woman of Thirty offers an unflinching look at the layers of social oppression that dictated the course of many women's lives during the era.… (more)

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