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Cousin Bette
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Modern Library
Publication date February 1, 2002
Pages 468
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780375759079
ISBN-10 0375759077
Dimensions 1.25 by 5.25 by 8.25 in.
Weight 0.80 lbs.
Original list price $14.00
Summaries and Reviews
During the 1840s, a bourgeois Parisian family is brought to ruin by the machinations of an embittered spinster. description: Product Description: “Bette is a wronged soul; and when her passion does break, it is, as Balzac says, sublime and terrifying,” wrote V. S. Pritchett. A late masterpiece in Balzac’s La Comédie Humaine, Cousin Bette is the story of a Vosges peasant who rebels against her scornful upper-class relatives, skillfully turning their selfish obsessions against them. The novel exemplifies what Henry James described as Balzac’s “huge, all-compassing, all-desiring, all-devouring love of reality.”

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About: A hypnotic story of hatred, revenge and catastrophe in which Cousin Bette exacts a terrible price from the rich relations who use and humiliate her.
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With Honore De Balzac, Kathleen Raine (other contributor) | from Modern Library (February 1, 2002)
9780375759079 | details & prices | 468 pages | 5.25 × 8.25 × 1.25 in. | 0.80 lbs | List price $14.00
About: During the 1840s, a bourgeois Parisian family is brought to ruin by the machinations of an embittered spinster.

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