Les Chouans has 2 ratings and 0 reviews: Published January 30th by Editions Flammarion, Mass Market Paperback. Project Gutenberg · 58, free ebooks · by Honoré de Balzac. The Chouans by Honoré de Balzac. No cover available. Download; Bibrec. Doris F. Kadish. A T one point in his historical novel Les Chouans, Balzac prefaces a related to landscape in Les Chouans, and to what end? This paper .

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Set in the days after the French Revolution this novel tells the story of the Chouans, Breton peasants who sided with the Royalists over the Republicans and fought to restore the throne in the days after the 18 Brumaire that brought Napoleon to power.

Sometimes I feel within me that longing towards devotion which makes my sex so nobly beautiful; and then I feel balzsc desire, which consumes me, for dominion and power.

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While staying with Pommereul, he was given a room with a desk facing the Pellerine Mountain, which Chouanx used as the setting for the book’s first scene. Balzac’s emerging style some time before he refined his renowned realist idiom and unsteady pacing are representative of his early career. I have to say though, had it been another pages longer it would have been pushing it. They marry, spend a blissful night together and then try to flee. This later work was never completed. The brutality consistent throughout the other 7 Balzac novels I have devoured – all of which felt a part of my life for the duration – remains prevalent in The Chuoans, yet rather than manifesting through cunning manipulation and society high and low’s quest for improving their situation, it appears far more carnal.

I had the great fortune to stop by my local bookstore the day after they had received a number of books from an estate sale. These chouams Chouans rise up in support of the King-in-Exile and his supporters, who include the Britishtheir leader being one Marche-a-Terre.

Soon after Les Chouans was published inhe cnouans a treatise bxlzac the institution called Physiologie du Mariage. I took a chance and really was suprised how good it was!


He is renowned for his multi-faceted characters; even his lesser characters chouahs complex, morally ambiguous and fully human. Lucie Meylan marked it as to-read Dec 07, There are no discussion topics on this book yet. View all 3 comments. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

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Elton Pumo rated it did not like it Nov 19, One group was the Chouans of Brittanyled by Jean Chouan. The Chouans are their own men, but they are balzca in league with ‘Le Gars’ an alias for the royalist leader, the Marquis de Montauran. Da entrambe le parti, senza schierarsi apertamente, Balzac mette in scena caratteri forti, indomabili e agguerriti; e anche buontemponi capaci di scherzare persino mentre fischiano le pallottole.

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The Chouans

The rest of the book details this tumultuous relationship and the plight of Verneuil as she realizes that her life has been turned upside down by her love for Montauran and her responsibility to bring about his downfall. What follows is my interpretation of events…. Although in he discussed traveling to western France to write the book, it was never written. It certainly wasn’t a Thackarey-style “novel without a hero” because we’re often told how good some people are, when they also behave abominably The Gars, for example, in a fit of pique orders the execution of Republican soldiers who have been housed under his supposed protection – and he’s the nominal romantic hero.

Corentin retaliated by fooling her into believing that Montauran loved her rival Mme de Gua and so Marie ordered Hulot to destroy the rebels. To ask other readers questions about The Chouansplease sign up. Naturally it doesn’t exactly accomplish this.

There were various partial collections of some great names, names which no one reads all that much any more. The edition I read is in the collection: Du Gua becomes fiercely jealous of Verneuil and suspects her of treachery. Being in such a place always reminds me of a Twilight Zone episode titled “All the Time In the World,” a veritable feast of what is wonderful in humanity, without Serling’s bitterly ironic ending.


One can hardly imagine him writing more accurate people.

Sep 02, Michael Finocchiaro rated it it was amazing Shelves: Lucam rated it liked it Oct 07, So, the romance I didn’t really buy into, but the action was cracking especially as it takes in a little-used period of French history, a civil war within a civil war. To be honest, by the end I was willing Hulot and even Corentin on to despatch The Gars and Marie de Verneuil, because the pair were just too damned selfish and didn’t seem to care how many soldiers’ lives they risked for their truncated love affair.

The Royalists are uprising against Bonaparte, and even though he has granted them amnesty for all past wrong-doings, the Royalists will not stand down. Even the pits of the small-pox which dented that veteran face seemed deeper, and the skin itself browner than usual. I was disappointed by this one.

Romeo and Juliet set during the late 18th century with Napoleon on the charge, war on many fronts and civil strife erupting within. Want to Read saving….

The two main characters in the romance are not Chouans, so I am not sure why Balzac decided on the title because he certainly did not give them a glorifying homage. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Marie denies the rumours but she has to flee and the suspicion of treachery leads to the massacre of 65 of Hulot’s men by the Chouans. This man dresses in furs and seems indistinguishable in the rural landscape, a handy attribute for a guerilla. There were various partial collections of some great I had the great fortune to stop by choians local bookstore the day after they had received a number of books from an estate sale.