But, despite the very occasional humorous lines, it is the usual sad and ironic Balzac story. I have read about Balzac and I don't know where he found life so disappointing. But he did and it is reflected in his stories. This is not one of his best, but I will never be sorry to have read this author. View 1 comment. I had originally intended to skip these and go on to Les illusions perdus and I probably should have; I know there are articles proving that this is one of the more important of Balzac's books but I found it rather boring.
La vieille fille by Honoré de Balzac
Like many of his novels, it begins with long descriptions of the characters and settings before anything much happens, but in this novel I never managed to get interested at all. He asks at one point in his description of the "old maid", why not write about the misfortunes of stupid people as well as the misfortunes of geniuses, since there are so many more of them? I felt like answering, because they aren't that interesting to read about.
There is also a subplot about a young woman who tries to extort money from two of the suitors by pretending to be pregnant, which goes nowhere. The two more important suitors are from opposite parties, one "liberal" and one royalist, which may be part of the point of the novel, but the political descriptions were just monologues by Balzac which were not really illustrated by the plot. An amusing tale with a poignant twist, all wrapped around a history lesson and psychological study.
I am not sure why 19th century "realistic" fiction is so much more enjoyable to read than 20th century "realistic" fiction but there it is. Poor the Chevalier de Valois! The story is available in an easy-to-read Wikisource format where I read it. This was an interesting and rather characteristic piece by Balzac.
I loved the descriptions, and wondered at the morals. This was a pretty cute comedy, I laughed out loud at the descriptions of many of the characters, but I felt like it ended much to quickly, and almost artlessly Still a very good read. Nasrin rated it it was ok Jun 19, Nazila rated it it was ok Jul 11, Ian Kury rated it liked it Nov 19, OT rated it it was ok Apr 10, Julia Anderson rated it it was ok Mar 08, Dimitrakom3 rated it liked it Oct 08, Rena rated it liked it Jul 16, Seda rated it liked it Jun 26, Rebecca rated it really liked it Sep 20, Faranak Dhqani rated it it was ok Sep 15, Sanaz rated it liked it Sep 21, June Click [show] for important translation instructions.
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