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    Balzac, Droll Stories

    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.

    http://www.fullbooks.com/Droll-Stories-Complete1.html
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    Thanks for starting the thread, Danik! I think I will alternate reading some of these while reading Chekhov's stories.

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    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.
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    Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, The Bremen Town Musicians

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    The three page introduction was funny.

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    "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
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    So far Balzac is more humorous than Chekhov whose humor is somewhat sarcastic, but I haven't read that much of either one yet.

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    The story of Imperia is very funny, but I havenīt finished it yet.
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    I read several of the first stories, some of them are linked.They mostly poke fun at the Catholic notion of virtue.
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