Modeste Mignon



The Comedi Humaine Scenes From Private LifeModeste Mignon

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 fine 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 lostthan one friend over critical reviews In 1850, he married Ewelina Ha ska, his longtime paramour he passed away five months later.

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  • Paperback
  • 176 pages
  • Modeste Mignon
  • Honoré de Balzac
  • English
  • 11 June 2019
  • 1846378001

10 thoughts on “Modeste Mignon

  1. says:

    Livro fant stico, que se desenvolve como uma espiral, come ando de um centro t mido e interior at atingir a grande sociedade e envolver mesmo o Rei de Fran a Ou como uma rvore, que come a em semente.Se Balzac tivesse escrito apenas este livro, seu nome j mereceria figurar no pante o dos grandes autores da literatura em l ngua francesa.

  2. says:

    Slow beginning, abrupt ending, and all magic in the middle Balzac is one of those writers like Hardy or Dickens with whom their whole body of work comes into play not just the individual novel I love Balzac s examination of character against the vicissitudes of society This particular novel addresses the relationship between a famous poet and a young admirer Thoroughly enjoyed it Maybe not his very best, but as with Hardy or Dickens, there is a wonderful quality in every novel.

  3. says:

    Another wonderful story from Balzac s La Comedie Humaine, this one deals with money, love and idealised view of artists, which is funny because Balzac is one but in this story poets are put on the spotlight, Lord Byron and others are mentioned but the main of this story is about a girl s fantasy about helping a poet in his work.How can you tell if someone is only after your money Young girls writing to strangers without parental permission and the Clarissa effect, Balzac knew the importance of Another wonderful story from Balzac s La Comedie Humaine, this one deals with money, love and idealised view of artists, which is funny because Balzac is one but in this story poets are put on the spotlight, Lord Byron and others are mentioned but the main of this story is about a girl s fantasy about helping a poet in his work.How can you tell if someone is only after your money Young girls writing to strangers without parental permission and the Clarissa effect, Balzac knew the importance of this story to include Richardson s classic, mentioned in the letters exchange Balzac uses a small portion of the story for the letter exchange I enjoyed the paternal twist in making his daughter chose her mate.The one thing ironic is the father trying to regain his lost wealth by opium trading I am not sure when opium was deemed addicting and harmful but winning a fortune that loses many unknown persons to a hard to break habit I wonder if in the conclusion chapter if Balzac intentionally made half of the first part of the chapter, as a kind of teasing the reader before knowing the final ending What I mean is the mention of the hunt with a list of names who attended, like he was boring us a little The first part of this novel was serialised in the Journal des d bats in 1844 A revised and expanded version of the work was later published by Chlenowski in two parts under the titles Modeste Mignon and Les Trois amoureux The Three Suitors The third and final edition of the novel appeared in 1846 as part of Furne s complete edition of La Com die humaine The story in short A young girl looks to know and love the heart of a poet, her reading novels has put ideas in her head The novel begins with the basis of a folktale known as La fille mal gard e The Ill Watched Girl , in which a young woman takes a lover despite the close attentions of her guardians, who are determined to preserve her for asuitable match Modeste Mignon, a young provincial woman of romantic temperament, imagines herself to be in love with the famous Parisian poetMelchior de Canalis, whose works have filled her with passion She corresponds with him, but he is unmoved by her attentions This was in the introduction, I wonder if this was a fan who sent him letters I wonder To a Polish Lady Daughter of an enslaved land, angel through love, witch through fancy, child by faith, aged by experience, man in brain, woman in heart, giant by hope, mother through sorrows, poet in thy dreams, to thee belongs this book, in which thy love, thy fancy, thy experience, thy sorrow, thy hope, thy dreams, are the warp through which is shot a woof less brilliant than the poesy of thy soul, whose expression, when it shines upon thy countenance, is, to those who love thee, what the characters of a lost language are to scholars De Balzac I did not read this edition but a collection of his works, I decided on this edition for the cover art Canalis did not listen to this statement after the opening sentence The four riders, having now reached a wider road, went abreast and soon reached a stretch of table land, from which the eye took in on one side the rich valley of the Seine toward Rouen, and on the other an horizon bounded only by the sea Butscha was right, God is the greatest of all landscape painters, said Canalis, contemplating the view, which is unique among the many fine scenes that have made the shores of the Seine so justly celebrated Above all do we feel that, my dear baron, said the duke, on hunting days, when nature has a voice, and a lively tumult breaks the silence at such times the landscape, changing rapidly as we ride through it, seems really sublime SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT I liked Modeste then I was not sure but in the final analysis, I liked her because she chose Ernest Canalis was annoying but after Ernest told Modeste of the need to give liberal understanding of artist I liked the father and the dwarf Butscha

  4. says:

    The young Modeste Mignon enjoys the writings of the famous poet Canalis One day in a bookseller s she sees a lithographed portrait of Canalis and is struck by his head made sublime by commercial requirements She determines to find out all she can about him and to write to him Canalis scoffs at her letter, but his young secretary, Ernest, thinks it is marvelous He answers it in Canalis name

  5. says:

    Pendantismul secolului XIX este bine nf isat n aceast carte, care este la fel de modest precum numele personajului eponim.Absolut, nu contest tehnica narativ a lui Balzac, ns o hiperbolizare ca a lui Modeste Mignon, nu este concordant pentru un astfel de personaj Se intuie te desigur c , din nou, Balzac prezint femeia ca fiind ideal.Mi a pl cut sursa de inspira ie a romanului n Saint Petersburg , Balzac a citit traducerea francez a coresponden ei dintre poetul Johann Wolfgang von Pendantismul secolului XIX este bine nf isat n aceast carte, care este la fel de modest precum numele personajului eponim.Absolut, nu contest tehnica narativ a lui Balzac, ns o hiperbolizare ca a lui Modeste Mignon, nu este concordant pentru un astfel de personaj Se intuie te desigur c , din nou, Balzac prezint femeia ca fiind ideal.Mi a pl cut sursa de inspira ie a romanului n Saint Petersburg , Balzac a citit traducerea francez a coresponden ei dintre poetul Johann Wolfgang von Goethe i t n ra Bettina Brentano, de aici pornind dorin a Modestei de a fi pentru poet geniu refugiul suferin elor lui.Comedia umana din Modeste Mignon este o fin ironie la adresa societ ii care supunea tinerele fete la un program al mariajului.Nu ve i g si aici critica profund a moravurilor care l caracterizeaz pe Balzac

  6. says:

    Honor de Balzac, Modeste Mignon 1844 401 pages in French, on Kindle One of the longest, latest, and possibly one of the best of Balzac s novels Technically it is better than most, in that he begins with the intrigue before portraying the scene and the characters, rather than starting with fifty pages of description of people, architecture, furniture and scenery before anything happens, as in some of his books The descriptions are spread throughout the novel when the characters are introduc Honor de Balzac, Modeste Mignon 1844 401 pages in French, on Kindle One of the longest, latest, and possibly one of the best of Balzac s novels Technically it is better than most, in that he begins with the intrigue before portraying the scene and the characters, rather than starting with fifty pages of description of people, architecture, furniture and scenery before anything happens, as in some of his books The descriptions are spread throughout the novel when the characters are introduced Modeste Mignon is a twenty three year old woman, who at the beginning is kept secluded under strict observation by her relatives because her older sister had eloped with unfortunate consequences After the situation is set up, there follows a lengthy epistolary section where Modeste and a man are corresponding, and both are misrepresenting themselves, which leads to a possibly comic, possibly tragic situation, followed by a romanticquadrangle Pentangle In any case, there is much satire here of nearly all the classes of French life rich and middle bourgeoisie, petty bourgeoisie, various layers of the aristocracy except of course the peasantry and working class, which aren t much in evidence in any early nineteenth century novel apart from domestic servants There is also much discussion of love, marriage, and social relationships, as well as the nature of literature and the character of poets.Because the reader knows that this is Balzac and not a Harlequin, it is not certain until the end whether it will be a comedy or tragedy, and who, if anyone, will end up marrying the girl

  7. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Die Schwester der Titelheldin ist schon mal vor Gram dahingestorben, da der Auserw hlte wegen des finanziellen Ruins des Vaters das Weite gesucht hat Vater macht sich auf in bersee ein neues Verm gen zu finden MM soll nun sch n tugendhaft bleiben Stattdessen aber wirft sie sich per Post einem gefeierten Schriftsteller an den Hals Canalis hei t die Kanaille Der l sst aber seinen Sekret r Ernest ran Es folgt ein unglaublich langer und der und v llig unglaubw rdiger Briefwechsel Da deutet Die Schwester der Titelheldin ist schon mal vor Gram dahingestorben, da der Auserw hlte wegen des finanziellen Ruins des Vaters das Weite gesucht hat Vater macht sich auf in bersee ein neues Verm gen zu finden MM soll nun sch n tugendhaft bleiben Stattdessen aber wirft sie sich per Post einem gefeierten Schriftsteller an den Hals Canalis hei t die Kanaille Der l sst aber seinen Sekret r Ernest ran Es folgt ein unglaublich langer und der und v llig unglaubw rdiger Briefwechsel Da deutet sie an, sie habe Millionen, aber vielleicht auch nicht, man will ja nicht des Geldes willen begehrt sein Er beteuert seine Tugendhaftigkeit Man fordert sich gegenseitig zur Wahrhaftigkeit auf Wie f rchterlich Zum Gl ck hat Balzac irgendwann ein Einsehen und bricht die Wiedergabe der Korrespondenz mit der Bemerkung ab, das ginge nun noch eine Weile so weiter und der Leser sei inzwischen ohnehin schon gelangweilt, er w re aber gewillt in einer neuen Auflage die fehlenden Briefe nachzureichen, sollte doch Interesse bestehen Vielleicht geschieht das eines Tages ber Retro Crowd Funding, an dem ich mich aber nicht beteiligen w rde.Der Schwindel fliegt auf Papa, inzwischen zur ckgekehrt, w re mit dem Schwindler einverstanden, aber will auch dem Schriftsteller, der eigentlich mit einer ltlichen Herzogin liiert ist eine Chance geben, dann wird noch irgendein Herzog aus dem rmel gesch ttelt, der sich f r unsere Heldin interessiert und schlie lich gibt es einen schlauen Zwerg, der verzweifelt verliebt ist Am Ende nimmt sie Ernest Was wirklich bek mmert ist die Tatsache, dass Balzac auch eine interessante Geschichte zu erz hlen in der Lage gewesen w re Ein paar Abschnitte ber den Vater und dessen Vertrauten lassen mich sofort aus dem Halbschlaf erwachen Der Mann macht sein zweites Verm gen unter anderem mit Opium Handel in China Warum nicht etwas dar ber lieber Honor

  8. says:

    2.5 stars The least memorable work I ve read so far from Balzac The novel is divided into two sections with age old tropes the first half is protect the honor of the virginal daughter, while the second half is three suitors vie for the affections of the girl Both halves are left with unresolved plot points and character arcs With an ending that feels rushed and unfinished, we somehow lose both the father and Butscha in the mix Instead of returning to provide closure for these important 2.5 stars The least memorable work I ve read so far from Balzac The novel is divided into two sections with age old tropes the first half is protect the honor of the virginal daughter, while the second half is three suitors vie for the affections of the girl Both halves are left with unresolved plot points and character arcs With an ending that feels rushed and unfinished, we somehow lose both the father and Butscha in the mix Instead of returning to provide closure for these important characters at the end of the novel, Balzac instead offers a cheesy and heavy handed scene of the hunt in which three hunters are preparing for the game, just as the hunt for the daughter concludes This is a rather dull and uninspired symbolism that adds nothing to our understanding of gender relations or class issues What Balzac has to say about courting and the marriage hunt is nothing new or particularly insightful However, he does have some clever zingers and one liners, especially near the end of the novel My favorite Vanity behaves like Woman They both believe that they lose something by praise or affection bestowed on another But even these sentiments have been expressed previously in countless literary works Considering the vast number of quality stories Balzac produced, this one can probably be skipped, unless you re trying to work through the entire La Com die Humaine

  9. says:

    Who Shakespeare s Much ado about nothing s like, will like Balzac s Modeste Mignon, too An economic crisis rips Modeste s father out of business He leaves Le Havre to get back to new wealth.Modeste after the death of her sister and after the absence of her father the only child of her parents sees suddenly herself guarded of her mother and their remaining friends They feared Modeste, as before her sister, plane to run off with a young man.Modeste after the loss of wealth of the family Who Shakespeare s Much ado about nothing s like, will like Balzac s Modeste Mignon, too An economic crisis rips Modeste s father out of business He leaves Le Havre to get back to new wealth.Modeste after the death of her sister and after the absence of her father the only child of her parents sees suddenly herself guarded of her mother and their remaining friends They feared Modeste, as before her sister, plane to run off with a young man.Modeste after the loss of wealth of the family has taken refuge in the world of books and leaves the house almost never Suddenly she sees herself confronted with subliminal tests remarks, whose task it is to reveal her lover.Secretly she raves for a famous Parisian poet and decide to write him a letter It develops an intimate correspondence What Modeste did not know is, that not the poet write the letters, but his amanuensis.After the return of her father, now rich again, this illusion is stripped.Dissapointed by this, she decides, that er father sould make the desicion to select her a suitable husband.At this point then beginns the true Commedia Dell rte Her father let her the choise and testing between three candidates the poet, the amanuensis and an duke

  10. says:

    Balzac damat adaylar zerinden s n flar inceliyor Cok keyif almadim.

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