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Book Title: La Comedie Humaine: Scenes from Political Life|
The author of the book: Honoré de Balzac
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Edition: Kessinger Publishing
Date of issue: April 1st 2005
ISBN 13: 9781419175817
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I consider The Human Comedy to be one of the best novels ever written. In his assorment of stories, Balzac's study of human nature in pre-Freud times is a detailed analyses of how greed, lust, corruption can turn the most naive and innocent to fall into the drain of temptation. His creation of the characters who inhabit the pages within The Human Comedy, is a map from which the readers gain experience that would take years of in-life-training to learn otherwise. His characters are so real that they can be found in any group of persons. He writes with such realism and depth that only a slate of other writers can claim the same. The most prolific among those who followed his path are Émile Zola, Jack Kerouac and Charles Dickens.
Even as a child, he loved reading but did not like the ways of grammar school. He liked to go his own way. Sadly, this much acclaimed author, who was copied by many, did not live too long. he died at 51, after being married to the love of his life for only 5 months.
I rate this book 5 stars. I read this book in my teens, and then again while in college, but recently reread it because of its vast wealth of words.
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Read information about the authorHonoré de Balzac was a nineteenth-century French novelist and playwright. His magnum opus was a sequence of almost 100 novels and plays collectively entitled La Comédie humaine, which presents a panorama of French life in the years after the fall of Napoléon Bonaparte in 1815.
Due to his keen observation of detail and unfiltered representation of society, Balzac is regarded as one of the founders of realism in European literature. He is renowned for his multi-faceted characters; even his lesser characters are complex, morally ambiguous and fully human. Inanimate objects are imbued with character as well; the city of Paris, a backdrop for much of his writing, takes on many human qualities. His writing influenced many famous authors, including the novelists Marcel Proust, Émile Zola, Charles Dickens, Gustave Flaubert, Henry James and Jack Kerouac, as well as important philosophers such as Friedrich Engels. Many of Balzac's works have been made into films, and they continue to inspire other writers.
An enthusiastic reader and independent thinker as a child, Balzac had trouble adapting himself to the teaching style of his grammar school. His willful nature caused trouble throughout his life, and frustrated his ambitions to succeed in the world of business. When he finished school, Balzac was apprenticed as a legal clerk, but he turned his back on law after wearying of its inhumanity and banal routine. Before and during his career as a writer, he attempted to be a publisher, printer, businessman, critic, and politician. He failed in all of these efforts. La Comédie Humaine reflects his real-life difficulties, and includes scenes from his own experience.
Balzac suffered from health problems throughout his life, possibly due to his intense writing schedule. His relationship with his family was often strained by financial and personal drama, and he lost more than one friend over critical reviews. In 1850, he married Ewelina Hańska, his longtime paramour; he died five months later.
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