A gripping tale of violent jealousy, sexual passion and treachery, Honoré de Balzac’s Cousin Bette is translated from the French with an. Cousin Bette (Modern Library Classics) [Honoré de Balzac, Kathleen Raine, Francine Prose] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. “Bette is a. Project Gutenberg · 58, free ebooks · by Honoré de Balzac. Cousin Betty by Honoré de Balzac. No cover available. Download; Bibrec.

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I give it 4 stars because there is something to be said for keeping all this straight and being the primary trailblazer of realism in fiction.

Contact our editors with your feedback. Couxin addition, the popularity and success of the writing depended upon keeping readers engaged. So many good books, so little time. Moore, Pamela Coulehan, Jack. As in real life, as with real people, the more you learn about each, the more interesting they become.

The Baron deserts his family and hides from cousinn creditors. Before he is nurtured and directed by Bette, however, Steinbock’s genius languishes under his own inertia and he attempts suicide.

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A peasant woman with none of the physical beauty of her cousin, Bette has rejected a series of marriage proposals from middle-class suitors who were clearly motivated by her connection to the Hulots, and remains unmarried at the age of Nice to read something you can really sink your teeth into, with some history lessons in its nougaty center.


The culmination of coousin Comedie humaine, Balzac’s epic chronicle of his times, it is one of his greatest triumphs as a novelist.

The pacing, except for the end, was sublime and supported with ablzac measures of vitriol and detail. This tale involves a byzantine plan of revenge by old maid Bette over the theft of a young sculptor she had designs for.

cousim The first star was lost because I had to suffer through long sections of Balzac’s rambling, misguided moralizing. The question of Adeline’s virtue is similarly complicated.

But Balzac is the accountant among these authors.

Cousin Bette Reader’s Guide

The theme of the importance of hard work and the artistic temperament seen through the actions of Fortinbras are still relevant. See also Stowe, pp. He even wished her dead, even more so when he came home, so she couldn’t very well have saved him from God’s wrath.

Balzac’s usual mode of revision involved vast, complicated edits made to galley proofs he received from the printer.

Here and elsewhere Balzac shows the importance of wealth. Poor, plain spinster Bette is compelled to survive on the condescending patronage of her socially superior relatives in Paris: As a result, she schemes to ruin the Hurlot family through a temptress named Madame Marneffe, who is as easy as an old shoe. Please try again later. Our editors will review what you’ve submitted, and if it meets our criteria, we’ll add it to the article.


La Cousine Bette, often noted as one of the best in the sequence, feels to me like a quirky mix of soap opera, dark comedy, farce and polemic. Nourrison, who offers a morally questionable remedy for their woes. But 4 stars rather than 5 because it does take a bit of wading through.

Stowe makes a similar point on p. In short, the family is devastated by these repeated blows — and Bette’s machinations are completely concealed from them. Because of his lavish lifestyle and penchant for financial speculation, however, he spent most of his life trying to repay a variety of debts. Some 19th-century critics attacked the book, on the grounds that it normalized vice and corrupt living. Critics pay special attention to Bette’s lack of traditional femininity, and her unconventional relationships with two characters.

Hortense discovers Steinbock’s infidelity and returns to her mother’s home. Balzac reportedly called for Bianchon on his deathbed.