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It’s been said that throughout his work, about three thousand characters circulate within his novels.

A Harlot High and Low

All levels of early nineteenth century Parisian life are explored and most of it is as sordid as it’s colourful; the characters are ruthlessly impelled by the same motives with which we are all too familiar, sex, the acquisition of money and the jostling for social eminence, and all that is welded together in an ingeniously diabolical plot of high stakes and unexpected twists and double-turns.

Before and during his career as a writer, he attempted to be a publisher, printer, businessman, critic, and politician. The very fetching Esther has been out of sight for some four years, pretty much breaking any connexion to her old Torpedo days. May 25, Nick Tramdack rated it it was amazing. Herrera could pull the fat out of the fire, but Lucien is too weak and emotional, penning yet another suicide note, pining away for Esther: In fact, the last part of four of the novel does without the harlot or Lucien completely, as both were mere instruments for this master manipulator.

Balzac suffered from health problems throughout his life, possibly due to his intense writing schedule. He is not “perfect”: E posseggo i segreti di parecchi uomini. His Mephistopheles is probably now a vanished species; ambitious schemers always abound but rarely on that scale of intelligence, worldliness and cunning perceptiveness.


Parigi fagocita i suoi uomini, si nutre delle sue anime per aumentare il proprio splendore e le parigine sono i suoi emissari, sirene ammaliatrici che con il loro canto attirano gli uomini nelle fauci del mostro.

Rayner Heppenstall Translator, Introduction. At first glance, the English translation of the title ocurtisanes seem somewhat of a misnomer. Simon rated it it was amazing Feb 03, Vautrin and Lucien are 60, francs in debt because of the lifestyle that Lucien has had to maintain.

The initial descriptions misrrs the boarding house almost did me in. The books that made up the series were published between and Dec 30, Laura marked it as to-read Recommended to Laura by: We welcome suggested improvements to any of our articles.

He is one of the greatest of Balzac’s many memorable characters and ranks among the greats of world literature. Small wonder Vautrin steals the show in every part of his series.

A Harlot High and Low | novel by Balzac |

Open Preview See a Problem? Balzac has a quality which lately has been largely lost: It is not one of the happier visions of social relations, but it provides a fascinating glimpse into courtisaanes upper class French society of times as well as insights into human character and behavior that still resonate today. His relationship with his family was often strained by financial and personal drama, and he lost more than one friend over critical reviews.

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Learn More in these related Britannica articles: Fortunately, they’re disposed of before sppendeurs true colours, whatever they might be, are revealed, or before they become insupportable and ds they’re barely more than children.


Quotes from The Splendors and And Balzac sees criminals similarly — and admires them for being true to themselves and their instincts: Oct 12, Cindy Newton rated it really liked it Shelves: The complete review ‘s Review:.

The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica. What Herrera aims at is to accumulate an estate worth a million francs, at which point Lucien can marry Clotilde de Grandlieu and be made a marquis. Even an aside that feels completely forced, such as the one about the language among criminals or, as ft already excessively puts it, “their lingo, cant, jargon, slang or argot ” has so much energy that it’s a captivating digression.

But she is merely a pawn in the hands of criminal masterminds at whose apex is Vautrin, the Satanic genius at the heart of the story.

Suddenly, Balzac throws us into the police milieu of the Conciergerie. Whatever, plenty of us can slog our way thru old or referential or abstruse texts with no flashlight, it’s fine, but no one knows everythingand… anyway.

Ho un amico, per il quale a suo tempo mi sono molto prestato, un colonnello dell’armata della Balzwc, da poco passato nella Guardia Reale. I had invested enough time that I wouldn’t give it up, but I was sorely tempted. His men are often cold and removed, his women often passionate beyond reason. If you prefer to suggest your own revision of the article, you can go to edit mode requires login.