Top positive review
on April 16, 2017
Balzac is famous for good reason. The novel was intense and he did an incredible job of setting the scene of Paris and criticizing the social structure and the role of money in society. There were profound thoughts throughout and ample use of evocative detail as well as the theme of a fathers love for his daughters. The cruelty of high society and the temporary nature of wealth. At places it felt contrived, and some of he scenes were paced slower than I would have liked so I dropped one star.