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    Honore De Balzac(Author)

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Adieu is a novella by Honoré de Balzac in which can be found a short description of the French retreat from Russia, particularly the battle of Berezina, where the fictional couple of the story are tragically separated. Years later after imprisonment, the husband returns to find his wife still in a state of utter shock and amnesia. He has the battle and their separation reenacted, hoping the memory will heal her state.

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  • PDF | 70 pages
  • Honore De Balzac(Author)
  • CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 2, 2017)
  • English
  • 5
  • Literature & Fiction

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  • By Bubba_Holtzkopf on May 31, 2009

    DeBalzac is really one of the great classic authors out there who is, perhaps, less well known. This is sad, because I find his works to be very provacative in subject, very intriguing in execution, and very thoughful in characterization. Basically, in my opinion, he represents to me the perfect style of writing. If only the world had someone like him today.Adieu, (orginally published as a short story in 'The Human Comedy') is one of the most gripping tales I have read of its length except, perhaps, a few selected works of Edgar Allen Poe, who had a similar knack for the short story. Adieu begins with a jovial frolic, which turns mysterious, then tragic. The emotional roller coaster one experiences in this story primarily occurs due to the style of presentation. Truly, the story leaves you spellbound for its entire length.The story setting takes you from a more familiar provincial 1800's France to a much more unfamiliar war torn Siberia and back again. The tale itself is horrific in its scope, and terrible in its depth of human suffering. Yet, the whole of it seems to be story of the strength of a man's soul against untold horrors. How a man can survive an experience, a horrible tragedy, and while appearing unaffected, carries with himself an inward pain. It is love lost, and found, and lost again. And yet life goes on.I won't spoil it with any more description, but please, read this book.Extremely recommended.

  • By pertinacious on May 16, 2015

    It is a short and strange story for Balzac that focuses on a past event and a resulting later event. The past event contains a remarkable and graphic description a part of the retreat from Russia by the army under Napoleon. It is by far the most interesting. Perhaps this was meant to be part of a larger work.

  • By Carol W on January 5, 2015

    Can't remember this one.

  • By Andrea Love on September 23, 2010

    Lost love can so damage the mind that the physical person becomes barely recognizable. This story is a great example of how some people change after lost love while other become stuck at the mental point of abandonment. When the abandonment is resolved, the shock is so great, the physical shell which has held things together for so long, cannot handle the shock, shattering completely.

  • By Brian Killeen on August 16, 2009

    I was unsure exactly of what I was reading when I began reading DeBalzac's Adieu; it seemed slightly stale at first glance. Boy, was I wrong! In such a short time DeBalzac somehow manages to tell an amazing love story with beautiful and horrifying images of umfamiliar lands. For such a short read it would be wrong not to give it a read!

  • By Godspark on December 19, 2005

    Balzac guided European fiction away from the overriding influence of Walter Scott and the Gothic school, by showing that modern life could be recounted as vividly as Scott recounted his historical tales, and that mystery and intrigue did not need ghosts and crumbling castles for props. Maupassant, Flaubert and Zola were writers of the next generation who were directly influenced by him, and Marcel Proust (that other weaver of a great tapestry) acknowledged his influence.He is worth reading for pleasure as well as for his influence on European literature.


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