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By (author) V. S. Pritchett
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Vintage Publishing, London, United Kingdom
Imprint: Chatto & Windus
Published: 6th Sep 1973
Dimensions: w 190mm h 250mm
Weight: 1147g
ISBN-10: 0701119322
ISBN-13: 9780701119324
Barcode No: 9780701119324

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An appropriately lavish presentation (263 illustrations - some in full color) of the childish, greedy, gross, compulsive, prodigious creator of the Comedie Humaine who wrote as fast as he talked and lived as fully as he wrote. But how welcome it is to have V. S. Pritchett as his tasteful and composed observer. Balzac was notably lacking in grace however successful he was - whether with women or with the works (often outstripped by his debts), from the time that he left the provinces as a boy of twenty already "committed to fame" for Paris and the attic which in time would become a monastic cell and still later a compulsively furnished house. Balzac was an "exhaustive user of life" but he also had an energizing vision to bring to the novels he cluttered with the same kind of acquisitiveness. A gourmandizer in every respect, he applied the same principle to his pursuit of women although only two dominated the years rather than his appetites - the attractive Mme. de Bern+y, "more purely and terribly loved," the mother-mistress-sister of twenty years, and also Mme. Hanska whom he pursued for seventeen - his espouse d'amour who finally married him six months before his death. Balzac would say "I have the most extraordinary character. . . . I am astonished by nothing more than myself. . . ." It is Pritchett's achievement that while recognizing his "instinct of engrossissement or magnification" he has been able to confine the man and his congested life within the pages of a just and well proportioned portrait. (Kirkus Reviews)