Cousin Bette Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Balzac described Cousin Bette as one of his "scenes of Parisian life", and it is certainly that. It offers us a hypnotic vision of that infinitely varied city during the bright, vital, scandalous, and sexually untrammeled era of King Louis-Philippe. The courtesans, swindlers, bankers, artists, murderers, detectives, and saints populating this world pass before us invested with a verve and vividness unsurpassed in the history of the novel.
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|Listening Length||16 hours and 25 minutes|
|Author||Honoré de Balzac|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||November 22, 2006|
|Publisher||Blackstone Audio, Inc.|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #267,702 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#8,185 in Classic Literature (Audible Books & Originals)
#10,389 in Literary Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#39,631 in Classic Literature & Fiction
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“I have learned more from Balzac than from all the professional historians, economists, and statisticians put together.”
“To open up what society and the novel of manners repress, to stage a kind of explosive upthrust of that which is ordinarily kept down, under control, is Balzac’s delight and his passion. He asks to be read in a spirit of adventure and daring.”
"COUSIN BETTE portrays a world in which almost everyone will do anything to anyone if sex and money are at stake, a milieu in which sex is routinely traded for money, in which friendships and alliances are forged to advance the most immoral motives, and in which only fools and martyrs are deluded enough to follow the outmoded promptings of honor, loyalty, and conscience."
This edition of the novel is not of the best. It is large and hard to hold! I would buy the penguin edition next time -- which is also a better translation.
Well, I certainly think so anyway.
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The most insulting aspect, however, is that a translated classic has no notes. If ever a story was crying out for notes, this is it: the references to 1830s France and the Empire, the locations and the references are all left dangling. I'm sure that I could Google every single one of them - if I had time - but a 'classic' should have notes. I would not recommend this edition; search out another edition which has notes unless you are happy to only half-understand something.