Volumes, almost libraries, have been written about Balzac; and perhaps of very few writers, striving to discover. *PDF created by caite.info 1 adjustment of his comedy varied so remarkably as time went on that it can hardly be said to. Considered by many to be the greatest of all novelists, Balzac's La Comedie Humaine (The Human Comedy) is a representation of the entire complex system of. Before we begin our Balzac adventure. Before we enter the world of the HUMAN COMEDY I must do 3 things: 1- First, to give you a vision of Paris, of Balzac's.
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The human comedy. byBalzac, Honoré de, Publication date PublisherNew York: P. F. Collier. Collectioncdl; americana. Digitizing. The human comedy by Honoré de Balzac, , P. F. Collier edition, in English. Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg.
A refined materialism is stamped on all the habits of Flemish life. Considered by many to be the greatest of all novelists, Balzac's La Comedie Humaine The Human Comedy is a representation of the entire complex system of French society from Parisian to the provincial. From Spain it acquired the luxury of scarlet dyes and shimmering satins, tapestries of vigorous design, plumes, mandolins, and courtly bearing. English comfort is harsh in tone and arid in color; whereas the old-fashioned Flemish interiors rejoice the eye with their mellow tints, and the feelings with their genuine heartiness. Indeed, the Flemish character lies in the two words, patience and conscience; words which seem at first to exclude the richness of poetic light and shade, and to make the manners and customs of the country as flat as its vast plains, as cold as its foggy skies. May 20, - Tours, France Died:
Over the next 20 years he produced over 40 novels which, by , he decided to categorize and group so that they would form one complete work. Thus the Human Comedy was born in It remains one of the world's greatest masterpieces to this day.
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Honore De Balzac Author Code: May 20, - Tours, France Died: Hence the keen interest inspired by an architectural description, provided the imagination of the writer does not distort essential facts. The mind is enabled by rigid deduction to link it with the past; and to man, the past is singularly like the future; tell him what has been, and you seldom fail to show him what will be.
It is rare indeed that the picture of a locality where lives are lived does not recall to some their dawning hopes, to others their wasted faith. Thus, it is almost impossible not to feel a certain tender sensibility over a picture of Flemish life, if the accessories are clearly given.
Why so? It has its social festivities, its family ties, and the easy affluence which proves the stability of its comfortable well-being; it does not lack repose amounting almost to beatitude; but, above all, it expresses the calm monotony of a frankly sensuous happiness, where enjoyment stifles desire by anticipating it.
The crowd prefers the abnormal force which overflows to that which moves with steady persistence. The world has neither time nor patience to realize the immense power concealed beneath an appearance of uniformity. Therefore, to impress this multitude carried away on the current of existence, passion, like a great artist, is compelled to go beyond the mark, to exaggerate, as did Michael Angelo, Bianca Capello, Mademoiselle de la Valliere, Beethoven, and Paganini.
Far-seeing minds alone disapprove such excess, and respect only the energy represented by a finished execution whose perfect quiet charms superior men.
The life of this essentially thrifty people amply fulfils the conditions of happiness which the masses desire as the lot of the average citizen.
A refined materialism is stamped on all the habits of Flemish life. English comfort is harsh in tone and arid in color; whereas the old-fashioned Flemish interiors rejoice the eye with their mellow tints, and the feelings with their genuine heartiness. Indeed, the Flemish character lies in the two words, patience and conscience; words which seem at first to exclude the richness of poetic light and shade, and to make the manners and customs of the country as flat as its vast plains, as cold as its foggy skies.
And yet it is not so. Civilization has brought her power to bear, and has modified all things, even the effects of climate.