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Maitre Cornelius Paperback – September 10, 2010


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  • Paperback: 60 pages
  • Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC (September 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1162672382
  • ISBN-13: 978-1162672380
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 9.2 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Honore de Balzac was a French novelist and one of the creators of Realism in literature. His “Human Comedy” spans more than 90 novels and short stories in an attempt to comprehend and depict the realities of life in modern bourgeois --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By akompano on August 3, 2005
Format: Paperback
It is an unusual Balzac masterpiece about love, passion and crime - a medieval story, fun to read, with a King turned into a detective and his avaricious silversmith, with the King's maried daughter who has a lover on the side, and the lover who tries to get closer to her by moving in with the Kings Silversmith... And above all these intrigues, the King is missing royal valuables and suspects one after the other...
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By Karl Janssen on February 28, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Maître Cornélius, a novella by Honoré de Balzac, was originally published in 1831. The story takes place in 1479 in the city of Tours. A young nobleman visits the cathedral on All Saints’ Day for purposes of love rather than prayer. There he meets the beautiful young countess he is attempting to woo. Unfortunately, she’s married to an aged and abusive count. Finding such stolen rendezvous insufficient to satiate his lovestruck heart, the young man comes up with a plan to get closer to his loved one by establishing himself as an apprentice in the household adjacent to hers, that of the silversmith Maître Cornélius. The plan is more dangerous than it sounds, because this mysterious metalsmith from Flanders has an evil reputation and is even suspected of practicing black magic. Shunned by the citizens of Tours, his only friend is King Louis XI, who resides in the nearby chateau of Plessis-lez-Tours. Though Maître Cornélius may not be as terrible as rumors suggest, he is indeed a surly misanthrope and an incurable miser. And when he feels his riches are threatened, no one is safe from his relentless pursuit of fatal justice.

Despite all the dark subject matter, Maître Cornélius is a lot of fun. Balzac layers on the spooky atmosphere, irresistibly drawing the reader into the mystery of the title character. Louis XI is another intriguing personage, a dying old man with a gleam in his eye and a sly and spritely soul. Eventually the book turns into a mystery story, and the king, of all people, gets to play detective. Through most of the story the reader really doesn’t know what’s going to happen next, but towards the end things do get a little predictable.
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