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  1. Henry Martin says:

    Why should anyone care about Esther, a prostitute from a young age, a harlot with powers over men Why should anyone care about a spoiled feeble individual such as Lucien, the poet whose ambitions are to secure a noble title and live in luxury for the rest of his life The same Lucien who, by the way, in Lost Illusions ruined his sister and her husband, the only man that cared for him Why Because of Balzac Yes, it is all Balzac s fault This unbelievable author has taken over most of my readi Why should anyone care about Esther, a prostitute from a young age, a harlot with powers over men Why should anyone care about a spoiled feeble individual such as Lucien, the poet whose ambitions are to secure a noble title and live in luxury for the rest of his life The same Lucien who, by the way, in Lost Illusions ruined his sister and her husband, the only man that cared for him Why Because of Balzac Yes, it is all Balzac s fault This unbelievable author has taken over most of my reading time for the past several months, and I do not see the end of this binge arriving anytime soon Balzac wrote in a style like no other His descriptions are vivid, his metaphors exquisite, and his understanding of humanity alarming And this is precisely why I enjoy his writing It is as if one was reading two works at once One, a social commentary on the high society of Paris The other, a psychological study of the characters And what characters those are It s been said that throughout his work, about three thousand characters circulate within his novels Some appearfrequently than others do yet they are never the same Depending on the narrator, they are all depicted as the narrator sees them, which, is a unique approach But I had already made this observation in my previous reviews of his other works, so I shall not bore you with the details Balzac created faulty characters that often cross social boundaries and norms, while, on the surface, they hold on to strict moral codes of the time His men are often cold and removed, his women often passionate beyond reason Yet, they all wear the masks society expects of them, and appear untouched by the events around them Deep inside, however, they love and hate, cherish and condemn, and often sell their souls to maintain the facade of perception One cannot help but sympathize with them, whether they are likeable or not, because Balzac masterfully shows both sides of their personalities Even in the case of the original villain, Jacques Collin, Balzac creates a softer side to the man who will stop at nothing to achieve his goal After reading this book, I am still amazed at how well it ties together with the books I read earlier, and how everything becomes full circle Of course, a new circle begins, spun off the threads of the original circle, but Balzac does not leave the reader hanging with a cheap plot line to spur the reader s curiosity Each novel has its own end, its own closure Yet, a few books later, a character reappears, enters the scene, and proves the reader wrong all along And for this, I adore his writing So what is this book about Well, it is about Lucien, the poet Esther the prostitute and a villain who has a soft spot for the former whom he wants to see rise in society while using the latter to secure it Throw in a few counts and countesses, a greedy banker, politicians who careabout their future than justice, spies, the secret police, some forged bills, drugs, poison, murder, kidnapping, mistresses and lovers, gambling, and a love one would die for, and you have it Oh yes, don t forget the powerful social commentary that Balzac did so well It s a complicated yet rewarding read Technically, Harlot High and Low finishes the tale started in Lost Illusions, as well as the tale in Distinguished Provincial in Paris, the tale in Father Goriot, and the tale in M Gobsec It also brings in characters from other novels that are not directly tied to any of the above mentioned Nevertheless, if my previous reads have taught me anything, it is to expect the unexpected, so I m fairly certain that the tale spun here will continue elsewhere

  2. Cindy Newton says:

    I didn t find out until I was well into this book that it is actually part of a series, so I feel that I missed out on a deeper level of meaning that exists for people who read the books in order That being said, it was still an engrossing read It is the tragic love story of a beautiful prostitute, her adored, socially ambitious poet, and the cunning escaped convict who controls them like a puppet master The novel is chock full of keen insight into human nature, society, the politics of power I didn t find out until I was well into this book that it is actually part of a series, so I feel that I missed out on a deeper level of meaning that exists for people who read the books in order That being said, it was still an engrossing read It is the tragic love story of a beautiful prostitute, her adored, socially ambitious poet, and the cunning escaped convict who controls them like a puppet master The novel is chock full of keen insight into human nature, society, the politics of power, greed, and lust, and the venal behavior that often masquerades as justice Spoilers ahead Carlos Herrera one of his aliases is an escaped convict who poses as a priest and nurtures Lucien de Rubempre in a grand scheme to marry him off to the daughter of a wealthy duke This is complicated by Lucien s passion for the lovely Esther, the harlot mentioned in the title Herrera manipulates both of these lovesick young people, guiding their steps precisely to fulfill his ultimate goal Lucien s marriage and embrace by the highest of French society.This plot requires Esther s alliance with a infatuated older nobleman, the Baron Nucingen She reluctantly allows herself to become the kept woman of this enormously wealthy man, milking him of hundreds of thousands of francs in the process all in service of her beloved Lucien s social aspirations.I ll leave you to discover the rest, but the plot careers between the drawing rooms and boudoirs of the cream of French society to the meanest cells of the Conciergerie, the dreaded French prison During the course of the story, Balzac s clever pen reveals that there is very little difference to be found between the behavior of the elite of the French aristocracy and the desperate ruffians incarcerated in the prison People are people, he seems to say with a cynical smirk I m going to seek out the other volumes in this multi novel epic, and try to forget that I already know what happens to Lucien and Esther

  3. L.S. Popovich says:

    There is a singular textual pleasure in reading Balzac, once you ve acquired the taste It s decadent.In this unofficial sequel to Lost Illusions, Balzac exercises his capacity to depict psychological tortures Though I have not read the first novel in this sequence, the four parts of Harlot High and Low vary in quality There are 43 characters in this volume, many of whom appear elsewhere in the Comedy under other aliases or simply the same name It is a crucial work in the body of Balzac s w There is a singular textual pleasure in reading Balzac, once you ve acquired the taste It s decadent.In this unofficial sequel to Lost Illusions, Balzac exercises his capacity to depict psychological tortures Though I have not read the first novel in this sequence, the four parts of Harlot High and Low vary in quality There are 43 characters in this volume, many of whom appear elsewhere in the Comedy under other aliases or simply the same name It is a crucial work in the body of Balzac s writings, but probably not as important as Lost Illusions, which is his longest single book.Has there ever been a time when the justice system was not in need of reform Reading this got me thinking back to other books People have a habit of writing about all the harm the prison system does to a person, rather than any good it might have ever accomplished This has been true, seemingly to a greater degree, since Balzac s France.How dismaying it is to see everyone, time after time, looking out for themselves in exclusion to everyone else The author has cast light on the ugly bits of the human psyche before, but in this iteration, human vice is the modus operandi of the novel.The ins and outs of financial corruption are also reminiscent of our own time Have our human flaws remained consistent since 4000 BC Balzac posits it is so Every form of bribe, fudging the accounts, graft, and other financial trickery is represented here in spades.The common subjects to be found in Balzac include finance, business, history, fashion, drama, religion, ideal love, familial relations, and social hierarchies.As usual, he is waxing poetic on every other page His languorous prose, deep in pathos, gravitas, and dependably deep themes, is rapturous Can a person be purified We have been asking this question for millennia Harlot High and Low explores the reasons why people fall into sin, despair, depravity, or how in turn they might ascend to the ideal, the divine, attain man s higher nature, the angelic, and what part, if any, money plays in the equation Man s material obsession is inescapable, his lust for power and satiation, mingled with the chimerical forms of love correspond to our darkest discontents and our holiest dreams The methodology of the devil, in human form, is expounded in the well rounded characters, each of whom have their own stakes and motives for seeking to control others.The very clear references and connections to Romeo and Juliet may seem trite nowadays, but there is also the oft used archetype of Mephistopheles and Faust This book is not simple enough to be summed up as a retelling of anything It is in fact, quite convoluted The structure of Balzac s human labyrinth fits in well with the style of what he calls the severe luxury of the aristocrats he satirizes.The flitting play of vanity is occasionally amusing to watch, but after a while, the joke grows stale Various incarnations of greed in endless forms, make their appearance throughout literature, and they must be expressed through interesting characters in order to be relevant Most of the time, this book accomplishes that These scandalous characters cultivate scandal like some people raise tomatoes.Part of the author s method is contrast and juxtaposition Sin and baptism, prostitution and marriage, crime and charity, often mingling virtue with vice in the same character There is a prevalent double standard, wicked dames and masters of disguise, to add intrigue and Dumas ian grandiosity.The male characters have a very serious weakness for women No surprise there And most of the women have a weakness for Lucien This felt odd to me Probably because I have not yet read Lost Illusions Anyone who is human has a weakness for money, except for the Baron, for whom money is a defining character trait, a strength, mere bird seed to be distributed liberally to the flocking hordes.The book also contains rich interpretation of Rabelais, mentions of Moliere, Dante, Shakespeare, and Cervantes In these we can detect some of Balzac s literary idols Then there is the satire on police, politicians, aristocrats, prostitutes, priests, and bankers.Subtlety, where warranted, and ever present humor of the dry, witty variety The powerful men are in thrall to the women whose only source of power is their beauty They wield it with the same ruthlessness as the men wield their inherited powers It was nice to see the character of Asia play a major part Her manipulations resulted in much of the novel s powerful interactions.In Balzac s time, social status came with proscribed behavior Etiquette was paramount Class, wealth, position these were the pursuits of men and great ladies, and so often led to a lack of virtue, sympathy, a dearth of wisdom and inflexible greed.The obsession with money and beauty can only go so far in a novel Luckily, there is charm and tension to spare I won t lie and claim that parts of it did not bore me It is a long book, and requires analysis to best be appreciated One of the challenges is the fact that the 4 parts do not sync up perfectly Balzac did not write them all at once, and their focus, where they do not intersect, can swerve far afield.There are plenty of fancy dress balls and snooty operas if that s what you were hoping for I preferred Part 3 It was both morbid and mundane.Part 4 went on an interesting tangent about argot and its uses This part either inspired a little of Les Miserables, or borrowed from the same sources Mesmerism makes another appearance Aliases come into play heavily in the latter part of the book It was nice to finally leave the character of the Baron behind His excessive display of groveling was unbearable I greatly disliked this character and and hold him solely responsible for what might be considered the flaws in this near masterpiece.Some police procedural segments occupy the second half as well It relieson Lucien and Herrera than our titular harlot I plan to read Lost Illusions, to get a glimpse of some of these characters at earlier stages in their tragic careers.The trope of the great police inspector was just emerging Les Miserables made use of the same real life examples as did Balzac, as the translator claims I would however, recommend Hugo s book over this one.The unintelligible accent of the Baron, which the translator assures us, is just as execrable in French was the defining unpleasantness of my reading experience It was the bird poop in the soup, the anchovies on the pizza I consider it a flaw in translation Even if Balzac made a mess of the Alsatian accent, the same accent can be approximated with verisimilitude and still be readable It is not necessary to switch around the letters of every word to give the sense of an accent Dickens offers many examples of how to switch a couple words in a sentence to convey just the right amount of accent.As another examination of the animal in man, of the concept of the clothes make the man, there are few examples which shine as brightly as Balzac s However, I would by no means consider this a must read, even within the Human Comedy I think he touches on most of these themes elsewheresuccinctly Chivalry is not exactly thriving in Paris at this time I felt the same sickness of boredom as his characters on occasion, but it was nonetheless pleasant to luxuriate in the atmosphere he flawlessly conjures in his fiction The Torpedo is an entertaining character and her rippling affect on the men around her is highly amusing This is, at bottom, an unconventional portrayal of prostitution for its time, which has been superseded by other novels which trade classical tropes for accuracy.Men of action incline toward Fatalism, Balzac warns us Watching Nucingen being bled dry was disheartening, considering how many of the upper class elderly are so often preyed upon by the younger generation But how much of his situation was his own fault, resulting from his petty animal instincts Prettiness conceals horror This line stands out as representative of his plight, which he chooses over his own security A bit of morality does nobody any harm It s the salt of life to people like me, just as vice is to the pious Lines like this make up the bulk of Balzac s dialogue As impossible as it is to imagine real people speaking so eloquently, the conciseness adds to the rhythm You can easily see the havoc a properly worded letter can wreak on a person s life in this book It makes it easier to reflect on our own time, having perused the accounts from previous centuries With our faces glued to our phones and screens, sending thousands of messages per day, receiving information from all sources like living computers, yet preserving many of our basic functions, our changing family structures, the differences in lifestyle, art and how we distribute our wealth These comparisons keep Balzac relevant

  4. John says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Finally finished this novel about the Parisian underworld and police in 1830s Paris The character Vautrin who has many aliases, Jacques Collins, the priest Carlos Herrera or Dodgedeath Vautrin is perhaps the greatest villains of French literature In short, when people say crime does not pay should read this novel The ending was completely unexpected The novel follows the life of Lucien Chardon de Rubempr who is about to kill himself but instead is saved by Carlos Herrera and becomes his pr Finally finished this novel about the Parisian underworld and police in 1830s Paris The character Vautrin who has many aliases, Jacques Collins, the priest Carlos Herrera or Dodgedeath Vautrin is perhaps the greatest villains of French literature In short, when people say crime does not pay should read this novel The ending was completely unexpected The novel follows the life of Lucien Chardon de Rubempr who is about to kill himself but instead is saved by Carlos Herrera and becomes his protege He lives a life of luxury and falls in love with the harlot, Esther known as the Torpedo She also loves him and will do anything for him This novel shows the deception, corruption, and chicanery, at every level of society Herrera is the consummate puppet master where he plays everyone at every level of society Herrera needs money for him to make Lucien a Marquis and to marry into high society He uses Esther as a cash cow when the elderly, German banker billionaire Nucingen falls head over heels in love with her This is amusing and boy do they fleece him It is also funny how Balzac captures Nucingen a crazy French accent For example, Ha f a million, and not yet efen gaught zight of her legs It is too zillyHowever, the house of cards built by Vautrin threatens to collapse with the suicide of Esther and arrest of Lucien Lucien foolishly confessed and then kills himself when he would have been freed Vautrin is also arrested and this is where Balzac is at his best in what happens to this artful villain Not Balzac s best novel but up there with the best The story explores what motivates people to fall into sin, despair, depravity and also how they aim to improve their lives Of course, the key driver is the role of wealth and money

  5. Michael Finocchiaro says:

    The sequel to Illusions Perdues, Splendeurs et Mis res des Courtisanes is a breath taking story of intrigue and features one of literatures greatest villains of all time Vautrin at the height of his perfidy It is a must read and one of the greatest books by the already splendid and prolific Balzac.

  6. Jonfaith says:

    So Balzac s father added the de It was invented not inherited Actually it the author himself, not his bourgeois father.Such utility is brought to bear in the two novels Lost Illusions and A Harlot High and Low Both chronicle the verve of self creation, first in Lost Illusions in a literary journalistic context and later in this novel with simple grift The entire novel is serial cons against the Church, society, the bourgeois and finally the Courts I obviously didn t swallow this novel wh So Balzac s father added the de It was invented not inherited Actually it the author himself, not his bourgeois father.Such utility is brought to bear in the two novels Lost Illusions and A Harlot High and Low Both chronicle the verve of self creation, first in Lost Illusions in a literary journalistic context and later in this novel with simple grift The entire novel is serial cons against the Church, society, the bourgeois and finally the Courts I obviously didn t swallow this novel whole This approach necessitated ongoing rereading to reorient I d like to think this enriched the experience

  7. Anachronist says:

    Balzac explores the artistic life of Paris in 1821 22, and further the nature of the artistic life generally He does it in a great way He starts a simple story of a weak young man helped by an older,experienced and cunning tutor and then it explodes into a multi novel epic The narrative is powerful enough to carry readers past any of the flaws I wasn t bored for one single second The deception, corruption, and trickery, at every level of society are brilliantly displayed, often a Balzac explores the artistic life of Paris in 1821 22, and further the nature of the artistic life generally He does it in a great way He starts a simple story of a weak young man helped by an older,experienced and cunning tutor and then it explodes into a multi novel epic The narrative is powerful enough to carry readers past any of the flaws I wasn t bored for one single second The deception, corruption, and trickery, at every level of society are brilliantly displayed, often almost off hand, in casual conversation because everyone expects nothing different There s a great cast of secondary characters, too, from the maids Herrera uses in his carefully orchestrated plans to various members of high society I liked this book especially because, although Balzac doesn t do badly with the romance he builds his novel around, he doesn t really have much patience for it He, like me, is not a romantic person at heart, believing inprimal instincts survival, cunning, logic Love doesn t conquer all no one is ever allowed to forget that Esther is a whore and likes her job, that it s practically in her blood and that she can be little else, no matter how hard she tries and no matter how much she adores her poor, infatuated, ambitious Lucien Criminals are perceived similarly the author even admires them for being true to themselves and their instincts Small wonder Vautrin steals the show in every part of his series.Balzac s writing, even at its messiest, it s never less than forceful The best thing about him is that he never offers a didactic or social novel mind you we are dealing here with an 19th century writer , and ultimately it s for the best that he lets himself get carried away by the nasty criminals so readily A novel meant to be about prostitution, with a courtesan or harlot in the title, manages to dispense with her services for its entire final part that s a bit odd but entirely deliberate Balzac knows where his strengths lie and when Esther or, especially, Lucien, the weakest link in the chain no longer serves her his narrative purposes the author is quick to brush them aside and concentrate on the anti hero he can have the most fun with A Harlot High and Low is part of Balzac s grand Human Comedy series, and like many of his novels it s one that seems to get out of hand It seems too long what sthe author simply doesn t have any patience to describe good moments in full the happy four year period Lucien and Esther were granted by Herrera occupiesone paragraph.And speaking of that period I do wonder how Esther managed such a long seclusion During that time she led a life of a vampire and should have succumbed to serious depression think about vitamin D deficiency among other things also the obsession of the rich old banker with a prostitute was presented a bit over the top Well different times, different criteria.At last, Balzac s inability to make Esther and Lucienforceful heroes, do prevent A Harlot High and Low from being a great novel, but it s nevertheless a very good one

  8. Bettie says:

    Description Finance, fashionable society, and the intrigues of the underworld and the police system form the heart of this powerful novel, which introduces the satanic genius Vautrin, one of the greatest villains in world literature.http www.gutenberg.org ebooks 1660Produced by Dagny, Bonnie Sala, John Bickers, and David WidgerOpening In 1824, at the last opera ball of the season, several masks were struck by the beauty of a youth who was wandering about the passages and greenroom with the a Description Finance, fashionable society, and the intrigues of the underworld and the police system form the heart of this powerful novel, which introduces the satanic genius Vautrin, one of the greatest villains in world literature.http www.gutenberg.org ebooks 1660Produced by Dagny, Bonnie Sala, John Bickers, and David WidgerOpening In 1824, at the last opera ball of the season, several masks were struck by the beauty of a youth who was wandering about the passages and greenroom with the air of a man in search of a woman kept at home by unexpected circumstances The secret of this behavior, now dilatory and again hurried, is known only to old women and to certain experienced loungers In this immense assembly the crowd does not trouble itself much to watch the crowd each one s interest is impassioned, and even idlers are preoccupied Original title Splendeurs et mis res des courtisanes

  9. Jim says:

    This is the third time I have read Honor de Balzac s A Harlot High and Low For almost half a century, I have revered the work of this great author Re reading him, I become aware how I have changed in the intervening time The one constant is that I continue to find in Balzac one of a handful of super greats He is not perfect There are moments where the work becomes too complicated to be comprehended, but always there is the magnificence of a valiant attempt No writer can, in the end, do This is the third time I have read Honor de Balzac s A Harlot High and Low For almost half a century, I have revered the work of this great author Re reading him, I become aware how I have changed in the intervening time The one constant is that I continue to find in Balzac one of a handful of super greats He is not perfect There are moments where the work becomes too complicated to be comprehended, but always there is the magnificence of a valiant attempt No writer can, in the end, do .The novel begins with Lucien de Rubempre, who was first introduced in Lost Illusions, in which the young man goes to Paris, fails spectacularly, returns to Angouleme, and fails again He is about to hurl himself into the river when he is saved by a Spanish cleric named the Abbe Carlos Herrera, whose carriage just happens to roll by at that moment.At the beginning of A Harlot High and Low, we see Lucien as the accomplice of the same Spanish Abbe, who is in reality the French master criminal Jacques Collin, also known as Vautrin and Dodgedeath What Herrera aims at is to accumulate an estate worth a million francs, at which point Lucien can marry Clotilde de Grandlieu and be made a marquis Due to the work of a trio of French police spies, Herrera and Lucien s efforts end in failure Both are arrested.Suddenly, Balzac throws us into the police milieu of the Conciergerie The police intend to prove that Herrera is actually the criminal Collin In the meantime, Collin changes the whole dynamic around until we find him in the police himself

  10. Elizabeth (Alaska) says:

    A Harlot High and Low, sometimes called Scenes From a Courtesans Life, is the sequel to Lost Illusions which should be read first It is also a tetralogy comprised of Esther Happy How a courtesan Can LoveWhat Love Costs an Old ManThe End of Evil WaysVautrin s last AvatarShould you come across these as separate works, be sure to read them in the above order.Some readers prefer Harlot Courtesan over Lost Illusions, but I did not This volume is so plot driven that, for me, most of the characters A Harlot High and Low, sometimes called Scenes From a Courtesans Life, is the sequel to Lost Illusions which should be read first It is also a tetralogy comprised of Esther Happy How a courtesan Can LoveWhat Love Costs an Old ManThe End of Evil WaysVautrin s last AvatarShould you come across these as separate works, be sure to read them in the above order.Some readers prefer Harlot Courtesan over Lost Illusions, but I did not This volume is so plot driven that, for me, most of the characters existed two dimensionally at best By the time the story reached the last 100 or so pages, I cared so little for the main character that I didn t really care what happened I had invested enough time that I wouldn t give it up, but I was sorely tempted In spite of that, Balzac remains high on my list of authors to enjoy.At the same time, in the large middle sections, I could easily see this being made into a movie and many enjoying it Several of the characters were adept at disguise, able to move about freely to accomplish a grand goal And, evil as much of this goal was, because it was to benefit the main character, I was sympathetic to it.I read a translation by James Waring, which is included in theWorks of Honore de Balzac There were references within the text to see other works in the Comedie Humaine, such as Louis Lambert or A Double Family I plan also to read The Firm of Nucingen and Gobseck which are names that cropped up in this one and will form acomplete picture of the characters that people this book