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    Lost Illusions

    This is a great story of vanity's illusions that are never really lost. Only the characters who love the egoist become disillusioned. In the process, they gain freedom and modest prosperity.

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    Help please for new Balzac fan

    I've just read and been bowled over by Pere Goriot, which is really where the Comedie Humaine starts. Naturally I'm keen to follow up what happened to Rastignac and Vautrin. I know they both turn up in about 20 other novels. Can anyone who has read far more than me tell me which novels I should turn to next to follow them, not in chronological order of writing, but chronological order of the life of the respective characters? Thanks for any help you can give. Peter Scott-Presland

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    Balzac

    Just read your message - so glad you enjoyed Old Goriot - Have you got Lost Illusions - I think Balzac characters start there - would like a more expert opinion!

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    Balzac

    thanks for your comments on Lost Illusions
    does anyone know in which order the Human Comedy novels were written
    I know he was writing fast in order to pay his debts,
    I like the way the same characters turn up - and change!

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    Balzac

    can someone refresh my memory - the Chouans -
    where does this come in?

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    Balzac

    it is me again - I have found out that Les Chouans was the first book he published 1829 - historical
    Human Comedy starts with Le cure de Tours 1832
    Eugenie Grandet 1833
    Le Pere Goriot 1834
    Lost Illusions 1843
    Cousin Bette 1846
    Cousin Pons 1847
    His recurring characters from one book know chrs from another and lend reality to the text but each novel has its own autonomy.
    I find him a fascinating writer - perhaps not perfect - (I think Jane Austen said he was a very bad writer), but he tells a good yarn!

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