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French

There is such a wealth of French literature that it rapidly became obvious that I didn’t know where to start. Which author was most representative of the genre and culture and then which novel best represented that author. However, having read Anna of the Five Towns by Bennett I came across Eugenie Grandet, very similar in that the miser in both tales shapes the events that happen. I also looked in depth at Pere Goriot by the same author. I did not confine my studies solely to Balzac. I also considered Zola and Flaubert and had already read some of Guy de Maupassant and of course I had read for enjoyment Jules Verne and some Victor Hugo and then a simple fact conveyed itself to me - if one went through the alphabet and tried to find a quality French author beginning with that letter you could do so and probably find several for many of the letters. Established students of this field (lucky people) will no doubt laugh reading this.

However, I am only at the beginning of my study. It is a daunting task - if I were to read nothing else but Balzac for the rest of my career I would not reach the end of the canon. I shall limit my ambition therefore and say that Assembled Stories will occasionally produce an acknowledged masterpiece of French Literature from the 19th century. It will be my pleasure to read them.

Peter Joyce - principal narrator.

Eugénie Grandet by Honoré de Balzac

Eugénie Grandet by Honoré de Balzac

Eugénie Grandet is Balzac's first great novel and one of the series Comédie Humaine. At the beginning of the story the heroine lives an unfulfilled life in rural France, her nature crushed by a domineering and miserly father. Gallant cousin Charles arrives and acts as a catalyst on…

£21.49

Maupassant Magic - A Collection of Stories by Guy de Maupassant

Maupassant Magic - A Collection of Stories by Guy de Maupassant

Possessed of a voracious sexual appetite, bitter and frequently disillusioned by the history of his country and the foibles of its people is not a description that does justice to the tortured soul that was Guy de Maupassant. He was also a compassionate and deeply patriotic man, volunteering to fig…

£18.49

The Beast in Man by Emile Zola

The Beast in Man by Emile Zola

Sex, betrayal, murder and corruption form the basis of this sensational novel by one of the leading French authors of the nineteenth century. Jacques Lantier is a man with an hereditary homicidal lust. When he sees Roubaud and his wife Severine slit the throat of a wealthy nobleman it is the cataly…

£30.99

The Red and the Black. Volume 1 by Stendhal

The Red and the Black. Volume 1 by Stendhal

Julian Sorel is a handsome, naïve but not wholly innocent young man, born of peasant stock. He is, however, very ambitious and determined to succeed in life and make a career for himself. If this involves lying, guile and hypocrisy- so be it. Not so long ago two professions would have been open …

£22.99

The Red and the Black. Volume 2 by Stendhal

The Red and the Black. Volume 2 by Stendhal

The author dedicates his story to ‘The Happy Few’. This presumably means those who lead lives free of hypocrisy and deceit. They are few indeed in the second part of this authoritative novel of early 19th Century France. Julien Sorel leaves the country town of Verrieres and flees to Paris with …

£25.49


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