Eugénie Grandet

Eugénie Grandet

Large Print - 2005
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Saumur, the setting for Eugenie Grandet (1833), one of the earliest and most famous novels in Balzac's great Comedie humaine. The Grandet household, oppressed by the exacting miserliness of Grandet himself, is jerked violently out of routine by the sudden arrival of Eugenie's cousin Charles, recently orphaned and penniless. Eugenie's emotional awakening, stimulated by her love for her cousin, brings her into direct conflict with her father, whose cunning and financial success are matched against her determination to rebel. Eugenie's moving story is set against the backdrop of provincial oppression, the vicissitudes of the wine trade, and the workings of the financial system in the aftermath of the French Revolution. It is both a poignant portrayal of private life and a vigorous fictional document of its age. Book jacket.
Publisher: Sanbornville, N.H. : Large Print Book Co., 2005.
ISBN: 9781596880511
Branch Call Number: BALZA
Characteristics: 231 p. ; 23 cm.


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Nov 13, 2010

I really love 19th century literature - descriptive and wonderful plots. This is a tale of greed bordering on a fetish for money set in a village in France. A very enjoyable read!

This book is on the 1001 books to read before you die list.

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