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Cousin Betty

Honoré de Balzac

Cousin Betty (La Cousine Bette), published in serial format in 1846, was one of the last and greatest of Balzac's works. It was part of his long novel collection titled La Comédie Humaine. Set in mid-19th-century France, it tells the story of a woman who resents her position as a "poor relation." As we follow her schemes to bring ruin upon the more privileged members of her family, we see a society in transition. The stability and idealism of the old order give way to a new bourgeois world in which virtue is strangled in the struggle for power and money. In this novel, Balzac searchingly probes the psychology and motivations of his characters: his work influenced the development of literary realism, as practised by writers such as Dickens, Dostoyevsky, Flaubert, Proust, and Henry James. - Summary by Bruce Pirie

Cousin Betty (La Cousine Bette), published in serial format in 1846, was one of the last and greatest of Balzac's works. It was part of his long novel collection titled La Comédie Humaine. Set in mid-19th-century France, it tells the story of a woman who resents her position as a "poor relation." As we follow her schemes to bring ruin upon the more privileged members of her family, we see a society in transition. The stability and idealism of the old order give way to a new bourgeois world in which virtue is strangled in the struggle for power and money. In this novel, Balzac searchingly probes the psychology and motivations of his characters: his work influenced the development of literary realism, as practised by writers such as Dickens, Dostoyevsky, Flaubert, Proust, and Henry James. - Summary by Bruce Pirie
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

Cousin Betty (La Cousine Bette), published in serial format in 1846, was one of the last and greatest of Balzac's works. It was part of his long novel collection titled La Comédie Humaine. Set in mid-19th-century France, it tells the story of a woman who resents her position as a "poor relation." As we follow her schemes to bring ruin upon the more privileged members of her family, we see a society in transition. The stability and idealism of the old order give way to a new bourgeois world in which virtue is strangled in the struggle for power and money. In this novel, Balzac searchingly probes the psychology and motivations of his characters: his work influenced the development of literary realism, as practised by writers such as Dickens, Dostoyevsky, Flaubert, Proust, and Henry James. - Summary by Bruce Pirie

Language:

English

Narrators:

Bruce Pirie

Length:

17h 8m


Chapters

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05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

09:54


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

25:54


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

27:41


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

27:11


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

26:06


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

28:28


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

24:06


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

27:39


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

22:02


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

22:07


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

18:04


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

22:32


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

26:24


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

27:47


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

24:58


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

17:11


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

21:18


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

20:31


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

25:56


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

24:43


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

33:47


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

31:13


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

25:30


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

27:14


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

27:10


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

19:15


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

29:03


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

31:56


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

34:50


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

29:18


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

40:20


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

33:24


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

44:04


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

28:23


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

24:31


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

30:40


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

28:15


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

39:25