The Droll Stories of Honore de Balzac

The Droll Stories of Honore de Balzac Balzac was originally trained as a lawyer before deciding his dream was to become a writer He is now regarded as one of the creators of realism in literature his huge production of novels short storie

  • Title: The Droll Stories of Honore de Balzac
  • Author: Honoré de Balzac Steele Savage
  • ISBN: 9781417911936
  • Page: 368
  • Format: Paperback
  • Balzac was originally trained as a lawyer before deciding his dream was to become a writer He is now regarded as one of the creators of realism in literature his huge production of novels short stories are collected under the name La Comedie Humaine This volume contains 30 of Balzac s tales split into three sections.

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    1. Honoré de Balzac Steele Savage

      Honor de Balzac was a nineteenth century French novelist and playwright His magnum opus was a sequence of almost 100 novels and plays collectively entitled La Com die humaine, which presents a panorama of French life in the years after the fall of Napol on Bonaparte in 1815.Due to his keen observation of detail and unfiltered representation of society, Balzac is regarded as one of the founders of realism in European literature He is renowned for his multi faceted characters even his lesser characters are complex, morally ambiguous and fully human Inanimate objects are imbued with character as well the city of Paris, a backdrop for much of his writing, takes on many human qualities His writing influenced many famous authors, including the novelists Marcel Proust, mile Zola, Charles Dickens, Gustave Flaubert, Henry James and Jack Kerouac, as well as important philosophers such as Friedrich Engels Many of Balzac s works have been made into films, and they continue to inspire other writers.An enthusiastic reader and independent thinker as a child, Balzac had trouble adapting himself to the teaching style of his grammar school His willful nature caused trouble throughout his life, and frustrated his ambitions to succeed in the world of business When he finished school, Balzac was apprenticed as a legal clerk, but he turned his back on law after wearying of its inhumanity and banal routine Before and during his career as a writer, he attempted to be a publisher, printer, businessman, critic, and politician He failed in all of these efforts La Com die Humaine reflects his real life difficulties, and includes scenes from his own experience.Balzac suffered from health problems throughout his life, possibly due to his intense writing schedule His relationship with his family was often strained by financial and personal drama, and he lost than one friend over critical reviews In 1850, he married Ewelina Ha ska, his longtime paramour he died five months later.

    738 thoughts on “The Droll Stories of Honore de Balzac”

    1. I enjoyed "taking a break" with this book; its humorous style and short story format made it ideal for filling in odd moments throughout the day and providing relief from heavier reading.I really can't understand why any careful reader would think this book dull. True, most of the stories utilize the same main themes (cuckoldry being the most common, I think), but the quality of the writing makes the common-theme stories unique and engaging throughout. If something seems odd or nonsensical upon [...]

    2. A set of light, fun short stories about love. Done in an imitation of Rabelais' style. Intricate wordplay and innuendo about love. A lot is lost in translation, but some of the simple lewd humor shines through.

    3. I was really looking forward to reading Droll Stories, as it seemed to me that a ribald parody of medieval tales was subject matter I could easily find amusing treasures in. However it seems as if Balzac had taken on a rabelaisian task without having the right mindset to offer the reader the same degree of grotesque bawdiness all the way through. Balzac promises us a book of the "richest flavour, full of right hearty merriment, spiced to the palate of the illustrious and very precious tosspots a [...]

    4. This isn't the exact edition I read. Unfortunately and inexplicably I can't seem to find the right edition, which includes 125 illustrations by the fantabulous Gustave Dore.In any case, the stories themselves sort of bored me and because of that this took me forevertime to read. Balzac is sort of one of those authors that I've always expected to love, so I've been putting him off until just the right time. But then came these stories and oompf. Balzac could have been holding a gun to my head and [...]

    5. For those unfamiliar with Balzac, he's one of the first realist writers of his time. Most of his work is vulgar and broad, but set in a time when vulgarity was a part of life. It's refreshing to see that Shakespeare wasn't the first/only one to transcend the pattern of dark Europe.While most of the stories contain subtle filth on bodily functions and bedroom escapades, it's not difficult to understand, even in translation. It's all quite entertaining, and broad though it may be, still lends to a [...]

    6. I read a version that was printed in 1874. It was rich with engravings, making up about 20% of the volume. It was very much about ribaldry and cuckoldry, and thus very French. Male/female relations, and the clergy figure prominently. The short stories are all written as if they took place in the 15th century—the time of Rabelais. I found it very entertaining, humorous, and titillating in a very refined manner.

    7. I loved these stories and I loved Balzac's crazy interludes where he tries to reason about why he's writing them. Some of them are just begging to be stage productions and are very amusing. Definitely not for prudish people, but also excellent for those interested in (a version of) historical France.

    8. I'm reading the 1944 Black and Gold edition published by Liveright. No illustrations, but cool book. I'm reading the stories randomly out of order. I think they're really funny and refreshing and in fact pretty ridiculous. Kind of an old fashioned innocent-humor, but I'm pretty old, and innocent, so it works for me.

    9. 1.5 ~ Found this book at an antique store & was intrigued. I can only describe it as some sort of 19th century comedy verging on becoming a play, edited by Jack Black. Vulgar, overly sarcastic for its time & lacked creativity.

    10. This is a very thick 1874 compilation of 30 short stories by French classical writer Honore de Balzac. Famous artist Gustave Dore does the illustrations.

    11. A Medieval romp through the high castles and low morals of France. Some merry, some sad, all instructive. Only one pilgrim tells these tales, but they are rich as Chaucer's. He was not a beauteous as Scheherazade but he could well tell a tale. Fill a tankard and wade right in. The trough of all humanity is just fine.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Just as with The Arabian Nights and The Canterbury Tales, there is some really low humor here. But some lovely innocent flowers as well. The tribe of th [...]

    12. Reminiscent of the Canterbury tales, these ribald stories told from the French perspective over two hundred years ago, sometimes lost me in their style and wordiness. Balzac speaks to the reader, sometimes in second person, dragging you out of the narrative and into his world mid sentence. The text is clever and flowery, as it had to be in that day and age, when addressing sexuality so boldly. Good reader for those who study the history of writing styles.

    13. I think that my edition is not this one listed here, but nevertheless my thoughts on de Balzac have stayed the same- I hate him, his style, everything. These stories are all over the place, vulgar and quite frankly they are supposed to be funny, but they are not. I'm giving up on de Balzac, but maybe I'll find some of his work that I'll like, but it's not gonna be any time soon. Sorry not sorry

    14. These stories present a much different Balzac than the one I'm used to. Much more the entertaining farce than the honest portrayal of human striving and suffering at the different levels of society. Seems a bit awkward too, trying to mimic a bit much the older style of stories. Still fun to read, though.

    15. I gave up after a few stories, or, to be more precise, after the same story several times. Powerful but old/impotent man blah blah blah, frisky young wife blah blah blah, handsome young knight blah blah blah, scheming maid blah blah blah, cuckoldry (If that's a word) blah blah blah, The End.

    16. Un libro que cuenta con 18 relatos de tema erótico, tratado con sutileza, sin caer en la vulgaridad, con un toque de picardía y sarcasmo que los hace fáciles y amenos en la lectura.Quien haya leído al autor, sabrá que no necesita gran recomendación, su nombre lo dice todo.

    17. I have a very old copy of this book, but haven't read it in years. It sits in my "vintage" book selection of a shelfxt to a skull. ;)

    18. maybe it was the translation. most of the stories seemed like listening to someone boring describe something funny that happened to someone else very far away.

    19. Herrliche Geschichten. Zeigt die doppelmoral der damaligen Zeit. Ein hocherotisches Büchlein. Die schönsten erotischen Erzählungen, die ich bisher gelesen habe.

    20. Only read the first chapter, but the stories were not "droll." Maybe it would be better in French, but then why did they even bother translating it?

    21. Kraljeva miljenica To nas uči da ne prijanjamo jače nego što treba za žene koje neće da trpe naš jaram.

    22. I know this is culture and good for me, but I'm just not feeling all the stories about medieval ladies sleeping around on their husbands.

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