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Lost Illusions
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Penguin Classics
Publication date October 1, 1976
Pages 682
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780140442519
ISBN-10 0140442510
Dimensions 1.25 by 5.50 by 7.75 in.
Weight 0.90 lbs.
Original list price $17.00
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Summary
Lucien Chardon, an aspiring young author, leaves his small provincial hometown and attempts to succeed in Parisian literary circles of the early nineteenth century
Amazon.com description: Product Description: Handsome would-be poet Lucien Chardon is poor and naïve, but highly ambitious. Failing to make his name in his dull provincial hometown, he is taken up by a patroness, the captivating married woman Madame de Bargeton, and prepares to forge his way in the glamorous beau monde of Paris. But Lucien has entered a world far more dangerous than he realized, as Madame de Bargeton's reputation becomes compromised and the fickle, venomous denizens of the courts and salons conspire to keep him out of their ranks. Lucien eventually learns that, wherever he goes, talent counts for nothing in comparison to money, intrigue and unscrupulousness. Lost Illusions is one of the greatest novels in the rich procession of the Comédie humaine, Balzac's panoramic social and moral history of his times.

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