At the Sign of the Cat and Racket
Augustine marriage ends eight years later, with her death. This brief outline of La Maison du chat-qui-pelote barely does the story justice. It becomes at once a meditation on the power and nature of art, and of marriage to men of genius.
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These themes, big themes in then contemporary French high society, would have resonated deeply. The characters of Sommervieux and Augustine are well drawn, and we feel sympathy for Augustine as we see fail to save her marriage, and her life.
It is rare for such short works to contain such power, but in La Maison du chat-qui-pelote, Balzac certainly achieves it. The e-reader does away with that problem.
I read on it as if I were reading the pages of a book. Home About the Challenge.
Clara Bell was an English translator fluent in eight languages. The novels are all in the Scenes from Private Life group, were written between and , and deal with various aspects of love and marriage. The text was taken from the Temple Edition published in by Macmillan Company in the Internet Archive and from the University of Adelaide ebook library.
At the Sign of the Cat and Racket by Honoré de Balzac
I have silently corrected typos, curled quotes, replaced italics, diacritics, and scene breaks, used British English, and made changes to spelling, punctuation, and hyphenation using oxforddictionaries. The illustrations have been omitted.
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