Cousin Bette

Cousin Bette

Book - 2002
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"Bette is a wronged soul; and when her passion does break, it is, as Balzac says, sublime and terrifying," wrote V. S. Pritchett. A late masterpiece in Balzac's La Comédie Humaine, Cousin Bette is the story of a Vosges peasant who rebels against her scornful upper-class relatives, skillfully turning their selfish obsessions against them. The novel exemplifies what Henry James described as Balzac's "huge, all-compassing, all-desiring, all-devouring love of reality."
Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 2002
ISBN: 9780375759079
Branch Call Number: BALZAC H
Characteristics: xvii, 468 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Raine, Kathleen 1908-2003


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Apr 18, 2017

One of Balzac's savage fairy tales of Paris, with a plain, provincial spinster as Cinderella. There are no heroes here, let alone "likeable" characters, but it is difficult not to cheer on Cousin Bette as she cuts a Richard III-like swathe through a family that pities and despises her.


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