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: 250
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 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. Danielle

      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 the fi [...]

    2. Hadrian

      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. Rupert Owen

      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 and [...]

    4. El

      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 I w [...]

    5. Frankie

      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 an a [...]

    6. Spencer

      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. Trickey

      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. Rosecasanova

      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. Megan

      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. Andre

      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. Nan Silvernail

      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 the Cuckolds is increased Ladies turn t [...]

    12. Paul Parsons

      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. Andrea

      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. David

      These stories present a much different Balzac than the one I m used to Much 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. Jonathan

      I gave up after a few stories, or, to be 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. Tina

      Un libro que cuenta con 18 relatos de tema er tico, tratado con sutileza, sin caer en la vulgaridad, con un toque de picard a y sarcasmo que los hace f ciles y amenos en la lectura.Quien haya le do al autor, sabr que no necesita gran recomendaci n, su nombre lo dice todo.

    17. K.P. Stafford

      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. Varmint

      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. Boris Crismancich

      Herrliche Geschichten Zeigt die doppelmoral der damaligen Zeit Ein hocherotisches B chlein Die sch nsten erotischen Erz hlungen, die ich bisher gelesen habe.

    20. Zhen Engbrecht

      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. Stevo Ilišković

      Kraljeva miljenica To nas u i da ne prijanjamo ja e nego to treba za ene koje ne e da trpe na jaram.

    22. C.A. Craven

      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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