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Another tragic love story by the master of French Realism. Balzac is said to be the Father of French Realism but this story is among the most melodramatic I have read Set in the very early 16th century when Henry IV was on the throne and civil war was brewing between the Huguenots in the South and the Catholics in the North, it tells the story of a father s obsession with ensuring the continuation of his bloodline It begins on a dark and stormy night which, as we all know, always bodes ill Jeanne, teenage wife of the mean, ugly and violent Comte d Herouville is about to give birth, a mere seven months after her reluctant marriage She had fallen in love with her handsome cousin Chaverny, and had her father s blessing for their courting but alas for young love Her father died, Chaverny didn t succeed him into the magistracy, and civil war broke out As an heiress, Jeanne proved an attractive proposition for the horrible Comte d Herouville and with threats of violence against Chaverny and emotional blackmail from her dying mother, she was bullied into marrying him And then Cheverny died too adding insult to injury by leaving evenmoney to the Comte who of course has the right to all of Jeanne s money now.Now, Balzac makes it clear that Jeanne and Chaverny had done nothing together but the naive instalments of a passion that did not pass the bounds of modesty Kindle Location 165 and that the child is the product of her awful wedding night with d Herouville, but the Comte has made his threats He has warned Jeanne, at a public banquet, that if she has a child before a respectable nine months, he will kill them both When she goes into labour, d Herouville sends not for a midwife but for a bonesetter Beauvouloir,of a shyster than a doctor but very discreet He delivers of her a puny son, christened Etienne But much as he would like to, the Comte does not kill Etienne Beauvouloir tells him not to kill the child because he s going to die anyway, and that Jeanne will die if the child dies too soon so D Herouville, who wants an heir, controls himself Jeanne negotiates that Etienne will be brought up away from the chateau and she goes on to have a second child, Maximilien, who is rude, crude, and unattractive just like his father Etienne goes on to grow up to be a sweet, dreamy and gentle person who is afraid of almost everything which is hardly surprising, given his upbringing After Jeanne dies he goes to live in a cave, for not very convincing reasons.But Maximilien gets killed on the battlefield and d Herouville is desolate He seeks out Etienne, who agrees to overcome his revulsion on condition that his father grants his every wish All d Herouville wants is some grandchildren to pass on the family name so he agrees, but reneges when Beauvouloir sets up Gabrielle, his daughter, as fragile and dreamy as Etienne, to be Etienne s bride Not posh enough, you see Well, as you were probably expecting, there s another dark and stormy night as the story reaches its conclusion D Herouville rises his hand to kill Gabrielle, Etienne dies of shock when his father rebuts the promises he made and Gabrielle falls down dead too And as the curtain falls, d Herouville promises to marry Mademoiselle de Grandlieu and perpetuate his lineage through her Which made me wonder why he didn t marry again quick smart after Jeanne died and then none of his nonsensical plot would have been needed As much as I love Balzac s writing, The Hated Son is currently the weak link in the Human Comedy Or, perhaps I need a break from Balzac Who knows Regardless, I m setting this aside to be revisited in the future.There is the Steinbeck story that just caught my eye The Moon is Down I might give it a try. Set in the early 1600s, The Hated Son, recounts the story of the ancestors of the Herouvilles and the Grandlieus Comtesse Jeanne d Herouville is in terror while awaiting the birth of her first child But her terror is not of the childbirth itself, but of the perils that await the baby.I m not especially fond of historical works and wanted to get back to the 19th Century of the Comedie Humaine. Is actually 5, save for the ending. I am certainly NOT against sentimentality and melodrama, but if ALL modern fiction was like this it would be too much The ending was a bit over the top, but I thought the characters were richly developed and believable Some people ARE human scum. really, really dramaticreminds me of romeo and juliet Ya amda biraz yol ald m zda, mekanlar n ruh halleri st nde gizli bir etki yaratt n reniriz insan ister mutlu olsun, isterse dertli, birlikte ya ad en k k nesnelere bile bir y z kazand r r onlar dinler, ak l al r, nk do as gere i bo inan l d r Sf 13 14 nk genelde zorban n g c ezilenin kayg s kadard r sf 26 Pek ok a k uyu mazl klardan do ar Bir kavga eder, bir bar r iftler, Ruh la Madde nin baya at mas d r bu Ama ger ek a k daha ilk kanat rp nda bu kavgalar savu turdu mu uzaklara, her eyin z n n ayn oldu u noktada, iki varl k birbirinden ay rt edilemez olur a k en y ce ifadesiyle dehaya benzer ekilde, dayanabilir en parlak a, besler, onun i inde b y r ve varolabilmek i in g lgeye ihtiya duymaz sf 92 Genelde a k bir k leyle bir tanr ister, ama onlar Platon un nefis d n ger e e d n t r yorlar, ikisi tek bir varl k olup onu tanr salla t r yorlard sf 93 `EBOOK ⇻ L'Enfant maudit ⇱ By The French Author, Who, Along With Flaubert, Is Generally Regarded As A Founding Father Of Realism In European Fiction His Large Output Of Works, Collectively Entitled The Human Comedy La Comedie Humaine , Consists OfFinished Works Stories, Novels And Essays AndUnfinished Works His Stories Are An Attempt To Comprehend And Depict The Realities Of Life In Contemporary Bourgeois France They Are Placed In A Variety Of Settings, With Characters Reappearing In Multiple Stories