Go to the editions section to read or download ebooks. The novel takes place in the midnineteenth century and is about a woman named bette, who lives in paris and plots the destruction of her extended. Cousin bette whispered in the ear of her young cousin. That certainly is not the case with the book, a devilishly entertaining read in which balzac reminds us that human beings are capable of all sorts of naughtiness. Cousin bette was balzac s last great novel, and in it he explores power, lust, deception, and revenge. It provides a thorough exploration of the novels plot, characters and main themes, as well as an examination of balzacs realism and his depiction of the power of money.
Cousin bette 1846 is considered to be balzac s last great novel, and a. Since i recently read old goriot classics and afterwards the wild asss skin. Start your 48hour free trial to unlock this cousin bette study guide and get instant access to the following. Get your kindle here, or download a free kindle reading app. It is a classic novel of revenge, passion, and vices. To pass from conception to execution, to produce, to bring the idea to birth, to raise the child laboriously from infancy, to put it nightly to sleep surfeited, to kiss it in the mornings with. Written in 1846 at the height of balzac s literary powers, this novel portrays the stunningly malevolent cousin bette and her intricate plans for revenge against the wealthy relatives on whom she depends and whose condescension she bitterly resents. As bette s insidious deceit relentlessly unravels the lives of the obsessive womanizer baron hulot and his angelic wife, adeline, balzac displays a sense. A hypnotic story of hatred, revenge and catastrophe in which cou. This book portrays the world of postnapoleonic france, where commercial greed and sexual debauchery are rampant among a demoralized ruling class. Thomas wolfes story of a novel, valerys course in poetics. Cousin bette 1846 is considered to be balzac s last great novel, and a key work in his human comedy.
Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading cousin betty. Click and collect from your local waterstones or get free uk delivery on. Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by project gutenberg. Against a meticulously detailed backdrop of a postnapoleonic france struggling with massive industrial and economic change, balzac s characters span many classes of. Poor, plain spinster bette is compelled to survive on the condescending patronage of her socially superior relatives in. Publication date 1888 publisher boston, roberts brothers collection. These books can take me from 2 to 10 hours to create. The culmination of the comedie humaine, balzacs epic chronicle of his times, it is one of his greatest triumphs as a novelist. Still, as an audiobook experience with a free librivox recording on my commutes to work, it was a diverting. Nov 01, 2012 cousin bette ebook written by honore balzac. Download it once and read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or tablets. Free books of french literature in english, pdf, epub, mobi, fb2, azw3, kindle. Set in mid19thcentury paris, it tells the story of an unmarried middleaged woman who plots the destruction of her extended family.
The wealthy hulot family gathers at the deathbed of. Download or read cousin bette book by clicking button below to visit the book download website. See all 65 formats and editions hide other formats and editions. Vividly bringing to life the rift between the old world and the new, cousin bette is an incisive study of vengeance, and the culmination of the human comedy. Everyday low prices on a huge range of new releases and classic fiction. Prime reading bestsellers kindle daily deal kindle monthly deals free kindle reading apps buy a kindle content and devices kindle support.
Purchase of the kindle edition includes wireless delivery. She plans and executes a diabolic plot of revenge against her own family for slights more imagined than real. Publication date 1958 topics cdak collection digitallibraryindia. Set in mid19th century paris, it tells the story of an unmarried middleaged woman who plots the destruction of her extended family. Set in mid19thcentury france, it tells the story of a woman who resents her position as a poor relation. Cousin bette 1846 is considered to be balzacs last great novel, and a key work in his human comedy. Much of how i described balzacs earlier novel, pere goriot, holds true for cousin bette. Cousin bette is a gripping tale of violent jealousy, sexual passion and treachery, and a brilliant portrayal of the grasping, bourgeois society of 1840s paris.
But the uncontrolled sexual appetites of adelines husband will give bette the opportunity to exact her vengeance. Bette works with valerie marneffe, an unhappily married young lady, to seduce and torment a series of men. I want to keep them free, but need some support to be able to do so. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading cousin bette.
Last week, around 30,000 people downloaded books from my site 8 people gave donations. There are multiple format available for you to choose pdf, epub, doc. Constant toil is the law of art, as it is of life, says and demonstrated balzac. Cousin bette was balzacs last great novel, and in it he explores power, lust, deception, and revenge. Written in 1846 at the height of balzac s powers, this novel portrays the stunningly malevolent cousin bette and her intricate plans for revenge against the wealthy relatives on whom she depends and whose condescension she bitterly resents. The daughter of a wealthy but miserly man, eugenie grandet falls in love with her penniless cousin, charles. Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read cousin bette.957 1262 891 628 113 949 72 1070 361 181 1133 915 1061 177 211 1204 1027 1492 81 415 531 205 440 476 346 33 1074 1 1259 1244 975 670 368 649 966 50 471 717