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The Hated Son

Honoré de Balzac

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .A presentiment of murder, joined to the fatigue of her efforts, overcame her last remaining strength. She was like a shipwrecked man who sinks, borne under by one last wave less furious than others he has vanquished. The bewildering pangs of her condition kept her from knowing the lapse of time. At the moment when she felt that, alone, without help, she was about to give birth to her child, and to all her other terrors was added that of the accidents to which her ignorance exposed her, the count appeared, without a sound that let her know of his arrival. The man was there, like a demon claiming at the close of a compact the soul that was sold to him. He muttered angrily at finding his wife's face uncovered; then after masking her carefully, he took her in his arms and laid her on the bed in her chamber.


The terror of that apparition and hasty removal stopped for a moment the physical sufferings of the . . . Read More

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(Human Comedy #31 of 98)
Not one of Balzac’s best. It combines a few of his problems: a propensity to rambling over-description, especially for rhapsodic states, such as when the eponymous hated son is looking at the sea for about 3 pages; his ideal of woman being a saint, untainted by any emotions w

Bugün karşınıza çok büyük bir ismin, pek bilinmeyen eseriyle çıkıyorum. "Lanetli Çocuk" eseri Honoré de Balzac tarafından yazılmış olan, içerisinde aşk, ihanet, sevgi, intikam barındıran çok yönlü bir eserdir. Yasak aşk yaşayan bir kontes ve bir derebeyi ile başlayan olay örgüsü, kont ve kontes iliş

Il destino del povero Etienne, ripudiato dal padre alla nascita, posto all'ombra del più gradito fratello e letteralmente strumentalizzato, in extremis, per meri propositi di perpetuazione dinastica, sembra non solo esemplificare l'imprevedibilità della sorte, che tanto sa oscurare, quanto porre in

I liked the plot of the book, I just wasn't all that crazy about the writing. It became a bit of a slog at the halfway point.

Although a sad story I liked it.

"Yaşamda biraz yol aldığımızda, mekanların ruh halleri üstünde gizli bir etki yarattığını öğreniriz.... insan ister mutlu olsun, isterse dertli, birlikte yaşadığı en küçük nesnelere bile bir yüz kazandırır; onları dinler, akıl alır, çünkü doğası gereği boşinançlıdır." Sf 13-14

"...çünkü genelde zorba

really, really dramatic...reminds me of romeo and juliet

Η ιστορία ξεκινάει στα 1591, σε μια εποχή όπου η Γαλλία συνταράσσεται από τις θρησκευτικές διαμάχες ανάμεσα στους Καθολικούς και τους Προτεστάντες, σε έναν μεσαιωνικό πύργο χτισμένο επάνω στη θάλασσα. Εκεί, η κόμισσα Jeanne d’Hérouville θα γεννήσει πρόωρα το πρώτο της παιδί, ένα αδύναμο, καχεκτικό α

I am certainly NOT against sentimentality and melodrama, but if ALL modern fiction was like this it would be too much. The ending was a bit over the top, but I thought the characters were richly developed and believable. Some people ARE human scum.

Balzac is said to be the Father of French Realism but this story is among the most melodramatic I have read. Set in the very early 16th century when Henry IV was on the throne and civil war was brewing between the Huguenots in the South and the Catholics in the North, it tells the story of a father'

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