New PDF release: Albert Savarus

By Honoré de Balzac

ISBN-10: 2253183016

ISBN-13: 9782253183013

« Un lac est plein d’amour ! » s’écrie Rosalie en ouvrant sa fenêtre sur « l. a. belle nappe d’eau » des Rouxey. « Ils se sont aimés devant des lacs ! » Ils, c’est le couple d’amants que forment Albert, jeune avocat parisien exilé à Besançon, et Francesca, une belle duchesse italienne. Rosalie s’est juré de les désunir. Albert Savarus est une histoire d’amour et de fureur, mais comme toujours chez Balzac, l. a. ardour s’inscrit dans le réel : le mariage bute sur los angeles différence de classe et de fortune, les belles promesses ne résistent pas à l’épreuve du temps, le romantisme se fracasse sur los angeles politique. Cruelle désillusion pour qui voulait posséder l’absolu ! N’est-ce pas ce que Balzac pressent pour lui-même en 1842, un des moments les plus amers de sa vie ? En créant l’émouvant personnage d’Albert, son double, miné par l’attente et l’usure du désir, il espère exorciser un destin redouté. Préface, notes et file de Jacqueline Milhit.

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Like many young girls, I was devoted to the book; I borrowed it from the library a few times a year and reread it obsessively in its entirety. ) After my own childhood neuroses first helped me to identify in no small degree with Beth舗s painful, extreme shyness, Jo ultimately won my allegiance as my favorite character. She was the kind of girl I wanted to be: outspoken, possessed of big dreams, a bit of a tomboy. I fancifully saw television舗s nervous groundbreaker Mary Richards, from The Mary Tyler Moore Show舒 this character being a weekly combination of the petrified and the confident舒as an adult Jo March for the 1970s (note, of course, Mary舗s perpetually single romantic status).

Alcott instead substitutes general praise for the soldiers and demonstrates the supportive sewing and knitting work that women like the Marches performed on the domestic front. Similarly, contemporary controver sial reform issues such as the abolition of slavery, which was very close to the Alcott family heart, are also left untouched in the novel. We know that Jo is a great believer in social reform舒she allows a mixed-race child to attend her school, and she is vocal about women舗s rights舒but Alcott doesn舗t give us many details.

Mayor Wilkins also fondly recalls a scene he treasures: the time Jo burns Meg舗s hair with a set of curling tongs. The reason why this commentary is so funny lies at the heart of recent critical debates about Alcott舗s most famous novel. What can Jo March offer young girls that heroines like Buffy Summers cannot舒even after earlier marvels of powerful girlhood, such as Astrid Lindgren舗s 1950s super-strong heroine, Pippi Longstocking? Much of Jo舗s charm and appeal lie in the idea that, unlike Buffy Summers, she is not a superhero (although Beth舗s goodness certainly appears superpowered).

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