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Danik 2016
08-16-2017, 09:16 PM
In spite of being one of the great French realists, Balzac seems to have been little discussed of late.
Here is a link to his Droll Stories and an invitation to read them and discuss them.


08-17-2017, 08:45 AM
Thanks for starting the thread, Danik! I think I will alternate reading some of these while reading Chekhov's stories.

Danik 2016
08-17-2017, 12:29 PM
Thatīs going to be a study in realism. :)Perhaps Iīll do the same but first Iīll take a good look at these Balzac stories. I didnīt know anything about them.

08-17-2017, 11:13 PM
The three page introduction was funny.

Danik 2016
08-18-2017, 10:18 PM
"Since laughter is a privilege granted to man alone, and he has sufficient causes for tears within his reach, without adding to them by books, I have considered it a thing most patriotic to publish a drachm of merriment for these times, when weariness falls like a fine rain, wetting us, soaking into us, and dissolving those ancient
customs which make the people to reap public amusement from the Republic."
Balzac, Prologue

08-18-2017, 10:33 PM
So far Balzac is more humorous than Chekhov whose humor is somewhat sarcastic, but I haven't read that much of either one yet.

Danik 2016
08-18-2017, 10:46 PM
The story of Imperia is very funny, but I havenīt finished it yet.

Danik 2016
08-19-2017, 10:54 PM
I read several of the first stories, some of them are linked.They mostly poke fun at the Catholic notion of virtue.