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Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Katherine Prescott Wormeley Translator. By the French author, who, along with Flaubert, is generally regarded as a founding-father of realism in European fiction. His large output of works, collectively entitled The Human Comedy La Comedie Humaine , consists of 95 finished works stories, novels and essays and 48 unfinished works.

His stories are an attempt to comprehend and depict the realities of life in con By the French author, who, along with Flaubert, is generally regarded as a founding-father of realism in European fiction. His stories are an attempt to comprehend and depict the realities of life in contemporary bourgeois France.

They are placed in a variety of settings, with characters reappearing in multiple stories. Get A Copy. Paperback , 68 pages. Published May 5th by Dodo Press first published June More Details Original Title.

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Sort order. Start your review of The Secrets of the Princesse de Cadignan. Jun 13, Elizabeth Alaska rated it liked it Shelves: nineteenth-century , author-balzac , kindle , 19thc-read. I was glad to be revisiting Balzac's Paris.

It is in the time of Louis-Phillipe. After the disasters of the revolution of July, which destroyed so many aristocratic fortunes dependent on the court, Madame la Princesse de Cadignan was clever enough to attribute to political events the total ruin she had caused by her own extravagance. This woman, so celebrated under her first name of Duchesse de Maufrigneuse, very wisely decided to live in retirement, and to make herself, if possible, forgott I was glad to be revisiting Balzac's Paris.

This woman, so celebrated under her first name of Duchesse de Maufrigneuse, very wisely decided to live in retirement, and to make herself, if possible, forgotten. One of the things I like so much about Balzac is that you get a story and you get an ending. But his endings are the beginning of something else which is more likely to be a tragedy. It isn't as if he then writes the next chapter in the lives of these characters that is obviously to become tragic.

For me, his stories and novels end with a great sigh; I lose one entire intake of air. This is is a good entry of the Balzac ouevre. There were many references to characters in other stories, so it would be helpful to have read a good many before reading this one.

The Yahoo group that read the entire series, puts this well down the list in the recommended reading order. I admit that it's been awhile since I read Balzac and, though the names were familiar to me, I might have lost some of the context of some of the comments.

Balzac had not yet hit his writing stride, I think. I liked this, but it is not his best work. Sep 03, Jim rated it really liked it Shelves: balzac. Secrets of the Princesse de Cadignan is a comic tale about a society woman, a Princess and a Duchess, who attempts to recycle her slightly seedy past by pursuing a minor literary figure of great probity and innocence.

It turns out that this you Secrets of the Princesse de Cadignan is a comic tale about a society woman, a Princess and a Duchess, who attempts to recycle her slightly seedy past by pursuing a minor literary figure of great probity and innocence.

It turns out that this young man is killed in a political riot. His name was Michel Chrestien, and he was known to be the close friend of an author named Daniel d'Arthez. With her ego gratified by Chrestien's attention, the Princess seeks to make a conquest of d'Arthez, which she proceeds to do by whitewashing her past and pulling the wool firmly over Daniel's eyes. The author was so prolific and so driven that many of his works are mere fragments that make little sense unless one attempts to read the author's complete oeuvre.

This short work manages to mention dozens of characters that appear in other Balzac stories. Jun 08, Ben rated it liked it. The more interesting a clever man seems at a distance, the less he answers expectations on a nearer view; the more brilliant he was imagined to be, the duller the figure that he subsequently cuts. The contrast between expectation and reality always leads to a certain disillusionment. Balzac also gives much attention to women's dress, makes references to the Arabian Nights and paints an unfortunate love story not at all dissimilar from the one between Swann and Odette in "Swann in Love.

Jan 09, Scott Wilson rated it really liked it. Although I am reading the whole Human Comedy, I was especially interested in this one to discover what happened to Daniel Arthez, who was Lucien de Rubempre's friend from the aforementioned books. This sixty page novella did more to titillate my fancy than actually satisfy it: Balzac is capable of so much better.

Falling into a classification I've come to beware of: the 'one trick pony' of a story, supported by only a single plot structure, and lacking any orchestration of background themes or situations, I found this work exceedingly thin.

Yes, the Princess Cadignan is a paragon of coquetry. Yes, she manages to wrap the reclusive yet renowned author around her little finger with consummat This sixty page novella did more to titillate my fancy than actually satisfy it: Balzac is capable of so much better.

Yes, she manages to wrap the reclusive yet renowned author around her little finger with consummate artistry. Yes, the scene in which he fawns at her feet as she, knowing he cannot see her face, relaxes into a smile which a monkey would exhibit after pulling some mischievous trick reveals the yawning disparity of their powers in relation to one another. Yes she, who has ruined many a man in her past, driving them through their passion for her into financial ruin, looks on d'Arthez as a mere child, a toy to be artfully moulded to her whimsical desires.

Yes, she even divines the nefarious attempt of her friend d'Espard to meddle with his affections and still proceeds to help her make the attempt. All this is well and good, even if a bit too black and white his purity and innocence is as virtually unadulterated as is her venality and manipulativeness but when this culminates in the totally startling page-and-a-half conclusion view spoiler [of the two of them falling in 'true love'!

Maybe he came up with another, stronger concept and just wanted to get this one off his desk in as expeditious a way as possible. Maybe nuance of character was a bit much for Balzac: looking back on other of his works, I find it far too easy to dump his major personages into the 'good' and 'bad' pigeon holes of classification. As well, what the Princess represents in this work was so much more detailed and intriguingly presented in the character of Valerie Marneffe in Cousin Bette , just partly because there was a much broader panoply of background against which her manipulations occurred.

Balzac has done stories shorter than this with more moral point to them. Unfortunately, he just didn't seem to get this one off the ground. At least it doesn't take much of the reader's time. Aug 21, Pauline rated it really liked it. Jul 15, Dagny rated it liked it Shelves: 19th-century , balzac-honore-de , french. Her husband left France with the Royal Family after the disasters of the Revolution of July , but the Princess decided to remain in Paris.

With much of the great family's fortune unavailable for her use, she determined to live in complete retirement, forgotten by society. Aug 14, Cari rated it really liked it. A delicious trifle.

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AFTER the disasters of the revolution of July, which destroyed so many aristocratic fortunes dependent on the court, Madame la Princesse de Cadignan was clever enough to attribute to political events the total ruin she had caused by her own extravagance. The prince left France with the royal family, and never returned to it, leaving the princess in Paris, protected by the fact of his absence; for their debts, which the sale of all their salable property had not been able to extinguish, could only be recovered through him. The revenues of the entailed estates had been seized. An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while. No cover image.

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