Cousin Bette

Cousin Bette

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Lisbeth Fischer feels she's been wronged--though much of what she perceives may only reside in her imagination. Seeking vengeance against the family of her beautiful cousin, Adeline, she leverages the uncontrollable sexual appetites of her cousin's husband as the linchpin of her plans.
Publisher: Prince Frederick, MD : Recorded Books ; [Prince Frederick, Md.] : [Distributed by] OneClick Digital, 2013, p2013
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781470330385
Branch Call Number: OneClickdigital eAudiobook
Characteristics: 1 sound file (18 hr., 45 min.) : digital

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AL_STEFFEN Nov 23, 2016

What a happy accident I made when I downloaded Cousin Bette! This was the sort of book I was so proud of reading, and desperately wanted to be looking at the Wikipedia page the whole time. However, I waited till the end to do my research.

Written by Honore de Balzac, his second to last public... Read More »


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AL_STEFFEN Nov 23, 2016

What a happy accident I made when I downloaded Cousin Bette! This was the sort of book I was so proud of reading, and desperately wanted to be looking at the Wikipedia page the whole time. However, I waited till the end to do my research.

Written by Honore de Balzac, his second to last publication, his longest, and considered by some his finest, Cousin Bette was originally published serially in a newspaper before being added La Comédie humaine ("The Human Comedy").

"His (Balzac's) magnum opus was a sequence of short stories and novels collectively entitled La Comédie Humaine, which presents a panorama of French life in the years after the 1815 Fall of Napoleon Bonaparte. Owing to his keen observation of detail and unfiltered representation of society, Balzac is regarded as one of the founders of realism in European literature."

Cousin Bette features a wide cast of characters who foil each other in all sorts of delightful and obscene ways; the setting is Paris, France, post Napoleon Bonaparte.

Cousin Bette - a swarthy and terribly clever, vindictive, and single minded villain who "drawing strength from her virginity" (weird, I know, but this is said over and over) delights in destroying the happiness of her immediate family.

Her cousin Adeline - a handsome woman well into her fifties and despite palsy trembling, who finds solace in her unblemished virtue despite her rather idiotic ad self-righteous loyalty to her deeply flawed husband.

Hector Hulot - Adeline's husband, a romantic worshipper of the fair sex whose weakness for prostitutes and their expensive maintenance wrecks his family, depletes their fortune and causes them much unhappiness, but they all love him nonetheless

Valerie Marneffe - Baron Hulot's most expensive mistress, a middle class, clever, wicked, enchanting beautiful and greedy woman who aides Cousin Bette in the destruction of the Hulot family. She is really very bad and thoroughly entertaining throughout the book, and meets a gruesome end.

I really liked this one. One of those classics you are proud to have read.

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