La Fille aux yeux d'or MOBI ¸ La Fille eBook ´

La Fille aux yeux d'or MOBI ¸ La Fille eBook ´

La Fille aux yeux d'or ❰Reading❯ ➶ La Fille aux yeux d'or Author Honoré de Balzac – It is in the Tuileries just outside the Cafe des Feuillants that Henri de Marsay first catches sight of the girl with the golden eyes and can almost believe in love Haunted by her shimmery image retur It is aux yeux PDF É in the Tuileries just outside the Cafe des Feuillants that Henri de Marsay first catches sight of the girl with the golden eyes and can almost believe in love Haunted by her shimmery image returning daily to the Tuileries for another glimpse of her dark beauty he learns her name Pauita Valdes and discovers her address But a fairy tale princess has never been inaccessibly locked in a tower as has Pauita in a mansion on the Rue Saint Lazare Vowing conuest Henri de Marsay elaborately La Fille eBook ´ plots his seduction of the girl with the golden eyes but with his sensual triumph comes the bitter revelation that he has a powerful rival for the love of Pauita the Maruise de San Real his own half sister A cry of vengeance and the call of blood bring Balzac's taut exploration of the dark side of Parisian society in this novella from his trilogy History of the Thirteen to its unexpected if inevitable end.

10 thoughts on “La Fille aux yeux d'or

  1. Manny Manny says:

    The One Where Balzac's Girlfriend Has Dumped Him And He's Been Reading The Thousand And One Nights And He Suddenly Realises How He Should Have Got Even With The Fucking Bitch

  2. Henry Martin Henry Martin says:

    The Girl with the Golden Eyessuch an unassuming title If one considers Balzac to be one of the classical writers than one would reach for this book thinking it would go along the lines of other classic novellas Hmmmthe title sounds almost romantic The Girl with the Golden Eyes is an interesting piece of literature Despite its short length it could be divided into three separate books First the reader is introduced to the scene Parisian life in no flattering terms In Paris there are only two ages youth and decay a bloodless pallid youth and a decay painted to seem youthful or Everything is tolerated the government and the guillotine religion and cholera You are always welcome in this world and you are never missed Here Balzac splits the Parisians into three main classes The class that has nothing The worker the proletarian the man who lives by his feet his hands his tongue his back his good arm his five fingersBalzac blatantly exposes this class with severe judgement observing the never ending labor whose fruits are blown away at the end of the week Then they take their pleasure and relaxation in an exhausting debauch which leaves their skin brown with filth black and blue with violence blotched with drunkenness or yellow with indigestion This lasts only two days but steals tomorrow's bread the weekly soup the wife's new dress and swaddling for the ragged child Then there are the workers who see future save money and start a small shop the king of Parisian scene who has submitted to time and space Yes hats off to this creature made of saltpeter and gas who gives children to France during his industrious nights and during the day runs here and there in the service glory and pleasure of his fellow citizens This man resolves the problem of satisfying simultaneously an agreeable wife his household the Constitutionel his office the National Guard the Opera and God all for the purpose of transforming the Constitutionel the office the Opera the National Guard the wife and God into gold The second Parisian scene the world of those who possess something Wholesalers and their boys civil servants small bankers of great honesty rogues and rascals head clerks and errand boys the bailiff's bookkeeper the lawyer the notary indeed the seething scheming speculating members of that lower middle class that caters to the demands of Paris and stays on alert hoarding provisions handling products manufactured by the proletariat dealing in fruit from the Midi fish from the sea wines from every sun kissed slope This class reaches out its hands to the Orient takes shawls the Turks and Russians discard casts its net as far as the Indies waits for sales and looks for bargains discounts bills of exchange and rolls along gathering everything of value It wraps up Paris bit by bit and carts it off on the alert for the fantasies of childhood spying out the whims and vices of maturity and extorting advantage from its disease The third class a kind of Parisian belly in which the interests of the city are digested and condensed into forms known as affairs the crowd of layers doctors notaries barristers business men and magistrates are stirred and shaken by and acidic and bitter intestinal movement In the end of necessity they become cynical about all feeling forced as they are by laws men and institutions to hover like vultures over still warm corpsesAbove this third class lies the realm of the artist An artist's face is always extraordinary; it is always above or below the conventional lines of what fools call ideal beauty What force destroys them? Passion In Paris every passion is resolved into two terms gold or pleasureAnd lastly above the artist is the realm of the aristocrat where this story takes place Don't look for affections here any than for ideas Embraces conceal a profound indifference and politeness an unrelieved contempt No one here is capable of loving his fellow man This empty life this constant anticipation of unfulfilled pleasure this permanent boredom this frivolity of mind heart and brain this weariness with the great Parisian reception is mirrored in their features and produces those cardboard faces those premature wrinkles that physiognomy of the rich in which impotence grins gold is reflected and intelligence has fledThus after reading twenty six pages of politically charged social commentary on Balzac's day Paris the story finally begins It begins here switching gears and style from the preceding pages into the realm of romance and satire The prose shifts towards poetic and over the top and we are introduced to Henri de Marsay the handsomest young man in Paris From his father Lord Dudley he had inherited the most amorously enchanting blue eyes; from his mother thick curly black hair; from both parents pure blood a girlish complexion a gentle and modest manner a slim and aristocratic figure and beautiful hands However his fine ualities and charming defects were tarnished by one dreadful vice He believed in neither mean nor women God nor the Devil Capricious nature had given him gifts; a priest had finished the task There is also a seemingly out of place mention that Lord Dudley had several children one of who is Euphemie the daughter to a Spanish lady She was raised in Havana then taken to Madrid with a Creole man She was married to an old and immensely rich Spanish Lord Don Hijos Marguis de San Real who has come to live in Paris Henri de Marsay is a playboy who likes to play He has the looks and the means to enjoy life to its fullest But strolling on a promenade one fine afternoon Henri meets the girl with the golden eyes a mysterious protected creature who is the talk of all the young Parisian men This girl turns out to be Pauita ValdezDe Marsay uses his advantages and influence to find out where Pauita lives bribes a postman and has a letter delivered to her Once Pauita accepts his advances she drugs her female guardian and de Marsay sneaks into the house Eventually they end up in a love nest built specifically for pleasure The decor is rich and lavish the walls are soundproof Here in a moment of passion we learn that Pauita is a virgin yet very well versed in the ways of love Henri begins to suspect something Unfortunately throughout this part of the novel the language turns towards the romantic even cheesy at times with overly flowery descriptions and unrealistic comparisons Still I kept reading on Once Henri 'conuers' Pauita he is torn between the pleasures she offers and a new potential 'target' a woman hundred times beautiful that all the young men talk about This woman turns out to be the Maruise the wife of Don Hijos One night when Henri fornicates with Pauita in the love nest Pauita keeps begging him to kill her because she could never escape her prison It turns out Pauita is the daughter of a Georgian slave to Don Hijos and that her mother also sold her Pauita while making love to Henri whom she made dress up in woman's clothing cries out a woman's name Henri gets upset and ready to strangle her but a huge Creole man Christemio who guards Pauita stops him De Marsay shoots Pauita a look that says You will die before departing from the house And here the novel yet again changes style and language shifting towards the unexpectedview spoilerA few days later Henri and his friends set out to kill Pauita This is not stated but rather implied When they arrive at the house they realize that someone else is already there since cries of pain are escaping the soundproof love nest through the chimney He climbs up into the room only to find Paguita lying in a pool of blood Her Georgian mother is there Christemio is dead and the beautiful Maruise is standing there with a dagger in her hands She had killed Pauita her lover out of passion When she realizes Henri is in the room she swings around and they look each other in the eyes immediately realizing that they are related both the children of Lord Dudley The Maruise and Henri seems unconcerned with the crime as much as devastated by the loss of a lover The Maruise pays off Pauita's mother who happily accepts gold and does not complain Then the Maruise informs Henri that she will return to Spain and enter a convent They part with the words Nothing can console us for losing our idea of the infiniteEight days later when his friends uestion de Marsay about the girl with the golden eyes he simply answers that She diedOf what?A chest complaint hide spoiler

  3. Chris Chris says:

    Blah First off this begins with 30 pages which describe all of the ways Paris is terrible As far as that goes it has very little to do with the story Henri is such a ridiculously one dimensional and aggravating character Actually maybe not one dimensional as he changes his character's way of being without rhyme or reason several times during the novel His way of thinking is completely irrational and the love and passion that he feel is grotesue than anything else If this is what Balzac was going for than he got itThe whole story is a little lacking in depth Oh these two random people see each other twice and decide to risk both of their lives in order to have a brief tryst that is completely meaningless to at least one of them Then the golden eyed girl gets killed by her master How that master knew what had happened withHenri there is no tellingAnd then this ridiculous ending Not very entertaining or interesting though it does have a couple of well written sentences for which I gave it one star

  4. Tejas Desai Tejas Desai says:

    I taught this novella in my writer's workshop and most of my students could not get through it but that's a shame While it is certainly is not perfect it is one of the interesting novellas I've read and one of Balzac's many fascinating works The structure itself is a marvel as it begins with an overview of all of Parisian and human society and zeroes in on one very specific and very grim tale This is where Balzac began his oeuvre folks this is where one of the greatest if not the greatest literary achievements of all time was born A portrait and reflection of an entire society began in the first pages of this novellaMelville House Books Edition recommended

  5. Becky Becky says:

    When I find a person a book or an author that I find really interesting I like to investigate to see what THEY found interesting That is how I eventually came to Balzac I had just finished reading Sin in the Second City a fantastic history of a high class brothel in the early days of Chicago and it mentioned that the Mistresses of the Everleigh club schooled the prostitutes and many lessons focused on Balzac I thought that I should look into Balzac myself His prose is breathtaking This isn’t even recognized as one of his best works The series is mind bogglingly huge and I just randomly picked this one out because it was on Librivox and I didn’t feel like going to the library to borrow a paperback I was floored Every word was perfect profound heart rending and true Oh so so true Perhaps this sounds ridiculous but the story was lyrical and symphony of sights and sounds that just stab at you with a sort of sweet pain I read something about him that stated he never stopped revising editions to the great dismay of his editors I think it such a shame that I don’t speak or read French because this work was so beautiful in English that I cannot imagine its perfection in its original language It reminds me of the Mark Twain uote “The difference between the almost right word the right word is really a large matter it's the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning” I fully intend on reading the complete works of Honore de Balzac and any aspiring writer or lover of the art of literature should invest some time in him Scintillating is a good word to describe this actual story It’s full of lust jealousy deceit really powerful chaotic emotion It’s wonderful Who needs Desperate Housewives? I’ve got BALZAC

  6. Phrodrick Phrodrick says:

    One of the most comedic elements of the musical The Music Man is the particular nasty emphasis given to the name of and by extension the books of Honore De Balzac Ballllzack Having read this novella my sympathies are suddenly aligned with the otherwise gossiping ladies of River CityAccording to the flap on this nicely printed Art of the Novella Edition of The Girl with the Golden Eyes Author Honore' De Balzac tended to write fueled by dozens of cups of coffee The first uarter of this 120 page book is the product of a caffeine jag Kids do not do drugs and write novellas Thirty pages of gobbledygook pointless contradictory and only barely related to a story line that will be thrust at us without so much as a page break There will be no page breaks as the story is run at us in one continuous text based montageBalzac is considered the Father or Realism Realism AKA Naturalism Naturalism is supposed to be the honest if unpleasant truth about reality At its best it helped to uncover scandalous evils like badly processed foods or slum living Golden Eyes is a heavily Gothic piece of fiction built around the conventions of a Cassanova type love affair gone tragic compromised by its admitted relationship to others of this type such as Dangerous Liaisons Or protagonist Henri de Marsay is a dissipated Read no good nick bored Parisian boulevardier Based on looks and her apparent status as a closely chaperoned innocent Henri conceives a passion for gets horny for The Girl with the Golden Eyes AKA Pauita She is of course built for love highly conflicted ready to believe the crap he sends her in elaborately secret mash notes She has tragedy written all over her and again elaborately guilty unspeakable secrets Henri allowing his ego and his gonads to rule manages to ignore countless layers of evidence that he is in way over his head Difficult to imagine but the Girl with the Golden Eyes is normally published as the third in a trilogy It is also part of a larger seuence of books the La Comédie HumaineI say its spinach and to heck with it

  7. Luís Luís says:

    This tale is of a dishevelled romanticism the story of a fascinating love brooding in the nooks of an oriental boudoir It's like an orientalist painting by DelacroixAll the ingredients of a sulphurous novel are there brothel heady perfumes fiercely obedient mulatto servant judge mother mackerel with incomprehensible language said mistress with a sharp dagger And in the centre of this poisonous and aphrodisiac setting the golden eyed courtesan of course the beautiful Pauita Valdès whose dandy of Marsay falls in love and wants to sleep on the list of his conuestsBalzac's audacity is astonishing sapphic loves surprising and almost incestuous love rivalries erotic slavery and deleterious libertinism Don't throw any ; the alcove is fullThe story must be frightened of its audacity its construction a little hasty and even sloppy can make miss a few pearls there is enough to lose the north in this strange caravanseraiBut the charm of Balzac style shimmering opulent and nevertheless tinged with rich irony saves from the implausibility and excess this tale a little peppery and not always well crafted

  8. Dagny Dagny says:

    This story is one of The Thirteen a trilogy about a mysterious band of men pledged to assist each other at need with no uestions asked We learn some past history and probably than we wanted to know about Henri de Marsay who appears in sixteen of the Comedie humaine stories

  9. Marts (Thinker) Marts (Thinker) says:

    After a long description of Paris and then the introduction of Henri de Marsay in comes a 'golden eyed' girl who is eventually killed by her jealous mistress

  10. Heather Heather says:

    A little while ago I read my first piece of fiction of Honoré de Balzac's La Comédie Humaine It was 'The Memoirs of Two Young Wives' or brides depending on the translation and I absolutely loved it I vowed to work my through the rest of them as and when I found them Unfortunately I didn't love this one as much and not just because it contains outdated language that is offensive to my modern sensibilities It begins with the author giving a long spiel about the terrible behaviour of the locals of Paris and generally how crap the city is He detests them They're all motivated by money or pleasure so he says And then begins the story of an arrogant privileged white man bringing about the downfall of an innocent young woman It contained the if I can't have you no one can trope The author writes beautifully but this story centres heavily around misogyny which I know is the point because the author's whole thing is realism but gross gross gross This gets a very mediocre and disappointing three stars

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