Thursday, October 11, 2018

Balzac: Orlando in a flat

Baron Montès de Montejanos is enraged. Carabine, courtesan, attempts to calm him:

Honoré de Balzac, Cousin Bette, trans. Kathleen Raine (New York: Modern Library, 2002).

I like Balzac’s aphoristic wit and his cultural commentary. But the people and plot of Cousin Bette — courtesans, libertines, and the maneuvering of property and sexual favors from person to person — are not my cup of coffee. Or cups, seeing as it’s Balzac.

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comments: 2

The Crow said...

I am enchanted with the phrase, "...tapping the Brazilian...". It conjures an almost infinite supply of images and suggestions, that I must take a walk to settle down again.

Michael Leddy said...