Missing from the Gutenberg frontpage is the original title: La Rabouilleuse Plot summary from wiki: The action of the novel is divided between Paris and. Buy The Black Sheep: (La Rabouilleuse) (Classics) New Ed by HonorĂ© de Balzac, Donald Adamson (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Balzac’s La Rabouilleuse () exploits an innovative plot structure to insist on the changes taking place in France, especially the way the middle class was.

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His willful nature caused trouble throughout his life, and frustrated his ambitions to succeed in the world of business.

The Black Sheep

Some call it “The Black Sheep. Doctor Rouget was a man of whom we say in common parlance, “He is not pleasant to deal with. Inanimate objects are imbued with character as well; the city of Paris, a backdrop for much of his writing, takes on many human qualities.

Through the passing years, Bridau a hard-working civil servant, seems to be working himself into a early grave serving under Napoleon. The narrator describes a society where religion had lost its power, where the local government was so inbred that change was impeded, where traditional families in a patriarchal system had been replaced by irregular couples, where, in short, mediocracy reigned. La Rabouilleuse Illustration from an edition by Oreste Cortazzo.

La Rabouilleuse – Wikipedia

Were we to believe certain bold tongues, he made rabouilleus wife extremely unhappy, although she was the most beautiful woman of the neighborhood. You’ll have to read the book to find out! One thing leads to another and Philippe ends up in serious trouble because he is suspected of being involved in plots but he remains the apple of his mother’s eye.


Justice is served, in the end.

Plus vers les 3,75 disons. Many of Balzac’s works have been made into films, and they continue to inspire other writers. I was not expecting such a well plotted yarn, and was pleasantly surprised. I know I’m not reading the right book! Though for years an overlooked work in Balzac’s canon, it has gained popularity and respect in recent years.

The story of a family with one side reduced to poverty In Paris. But the same is true of many of my favorite authors I almost choked to death on Dickens’ Little Nell–perhaps the most prolonged death scene in all literature.

Doctor Rouget suspects wrongly that he is not her true father. Monsieur Bridau dies relatively young, Philippe, who is the eldest and his mother’s favourite, becomes a soldier in Napoleon’s armies, and Joseph becomes an artist. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews.

He died before anything nefarious happened to her. Quotes from The Black Sheep.

La Rabouilleuse

Mar 18, Greg rated it it was amazing Shelves: No trivia or quizzes yet. Max takes offence when some of his friends use it in conversation. Balzac does, however, deliver the major point. Oct 27, Angelo Giardini added it Shelves: Sep 16, John rated it it was amazing.

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But the prying of friends, the slander of enemies, and the gossip of acquaintances, had never succeeded in laying bare the interior of that household. I’d guess this excellent example of what makes Balzac so addicting is overlooked even by Balzac enthusiasts. rabouillesue


Thanks for telling us about the problem. He challenges Max to a duel with swords, and kills him in the duel. Retrieved from raboui,leuse https: I’m not sure why this gem isn’t as well known as others in the series. You have to swallow the bad with the good–or the good with the great.

This is one of Balzac’s longer stories, carefully plotted to achieve a satisfying rabouilleusw. Philippe, on the other hand is handsome, stylish and heroic. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. I will read more Balzac, hopefully something where I don’t spend half the time despising those within.

Jun 05, Alimpic Srdjan rated it it was amazing Shelves: As Max is recovering he decides to blame Joseph for the stabbing. Why am I always surprised when they kick ass? Abstract Balzac’s La Rabouilleuse exploits an innovative plot structure to insist on the changes taking place in France, especially the way the middle class was crushing the outstanding young people that France so desperately needed.

Like the moth whose feet are caught in the molten wax of a candle, Rouget rapidly used up his remaining energy.