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Inat the last opera ball of the season, several masks were struck by the beauty of a youth who was wandering about bbalzac passages and greenroom with the air of a man in search of a woman kept at home by unexpected circumstances.

Help us improve this article! Jun 19, Stephen Brody rated it it was splenxeurs. The central figure in the novel is, of course, the puppet-master, Herrera — who turns out to be known by other names as well: No writer can, in the end, do more.

This unbelievable author has taken over most of my readi Why should anyone care about Esther, a prostitute from a young age, a harlot with powers over men?

Thanks for telling us about the problem. All levels of early nineteenth century Parisian life are explored and most of it is as sordid as it’s colourful; the characters are ruthlessly impelled by the same motives with which we are all too familiar, sex, the acquisition of money and the jostling for social eminence, and all that is welded together in an ingeniously diabolical plot of high stakes and unexpected twists and double-turns.

Splendori e miserie delle cortigiane – Italia. A Harlot High and Low is part of Balzac’s grand ‘Human Comedy’ series, and splendeugs many of his novels it’s one that seems to get out of hand. He tells his interrogator everything, including Vautrin’s true identity.

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Afterwards he regrets what he has done and hangs himself in his cell. Any text you add should be original, not copied from other sources. Finance, fashionable society, and the intrigues of the underworld and the police system form the heart of this powerful novel, which introduces the satanic genius Vautrin, one of the greatest villains in world literature.


He is renowned for his multi-faceted characters; even his lesser characters are complex, morally ambiguous and fully human. Some appear more frequently than others do; yet they are never the same. Mi sento attratta, ipnotizzata, completamente in balia di questo sedicente don Chiscotte, di questo uomo che si fa Dio non per desiderio di giustizia come Montecristo, ma per volerne eguagliare la potenza, l’onnipotenza. This plot requires Esther’s alliance with a infatuated older nobleman, the Baron Nucingen.

This world can hardly be ignored when the state of our society is depicted, when a literal reproduction of our way of life is attempted. The plan is the following: At first glance, the English translation of the title might seem somewhat of a misnomer. It is a must read and one of the greatest books by the already coutisanes and prolific Balzac. Both are manipulated by the perverse Balzaf Herrera, who is the central figure of the novel.

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Samela Draga rated it it was amazing Sep 10, Instead of forcing Lucien to abandon her, he allows Lucien this secret affair, but also makes good use of it. I loved how Balzac took the two opposite poles of society and showed how similar they were – the aristocrats and the criminals – and how he mixed them and had them interact.

The scam Jacques Collin has in play is wonderfully complex: This page was last edited on 7 Mayat Inanimate objects are imbued with character as well; the city of Paris, a backdrop for much of his writing, takes on many human qualities. There’s one little awkwardness to my mind: Ananay rated it it was amazing Oct 01, Molti dei personaggi di questo libro fanno riferimento a un’opera precedente di Balzac: But she is merely a pawn in the hands of criminal masterminds at whose apex is Vautrin, the Satanic genius at the heart of the story.

A Harlot High and Low

A novel meant to be about prostitution, with a courtesan or harlot in the title, manages to dispense with her services for its entire final part: Balzac created faulty characters that often cross social boundaries and norms, while, on the surface, they hold on to strict moral codes of the time.


Quotes from The Splendors and Lucien, ever the poet, doesn’t do well in prison. After fighting through an obnoxious, circular, and simply unhelpful introduction by Heppenstall, I braved the first several dozen pages of his Balzac, rendered with 1 a distracting and needless paucity of paragraph breaks that defies logic and good reading sense Balzac wasn’t ever going for avant-garde typography2 an awkward anachronistic narrative voice, and 3 a severely tin ear for dialogue, which qualities alone would make me put down one translation and attempt another and be done with it.

The story is essentially a study of interactions amongst men and women in Parisian society—husbands, wives and lovers. St, Balzac throws us into the police milieu of the Conciergerie. Vautrin finds Esther van Gobseck. Let me underline here that I blame the man, not the publisher. And, hey, this is all fine, some of it’s even compelling.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Criminals are perceived similarly — the author even admires them for being true to themselves and their instincts. E posseggo i segreti di parecchi uomini. Deep inside, however, they love and hate, cherish and condemn, and often sell their souls to maintain the facade of perception.

The world of prostitutes, thieves and murderers, the hulks and the prisons comprise a population of some sixty to eighty thousand individuals, male and female.

View all 4 comments. A Harlot High and Low – Canada. He is renowned for his multi-faceted characters; even his lesser characters are complex, morally ambiguous and fully human. Maybe, just maybe, someday I’ll pick it up again, if only to be able to delete the “DNF” shelf I created specifically for this book. Although Vautrin actually manages to fool his interrogators into believing that he might be Carlos Herrera, a priest on a secret mission for the Spanish king, Lucien succumbs to the wiles of his interviewer.