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The Black Sheep: (La Rabouilleuse) (Classics) by [Honoré de Balzac, Donald Adamson]
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No story in the world is more exciting that The Black Sheep, combining as it does the compelling readability of the blood-and-thunder with the deeper insights of literary art. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

About the Author

The son of a civil servant, Honoré de Balzac was born in 1799 in Tours, France. After attending boarding school in Vendôme, he gravitated to Paris where he worked as a legal clerk and a hack writer, using various pseudonyms, often in collaboration with other writers. Balzac turned exclusively to fiction at the age of thirty and went on to write a large number of novels and short stories set amid turbulent nineteenth-century France. He entitled his collective works The Human Comedy. Along with Victor Hugo and Dumas père and fils, Balzac was one of the pillars of French romantic literature. He died in 1850, shortly after his marriage to the Polish countess Evelina Hanska, his lover of eighteen years. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00338079K
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Penguin; New Ed edition (September 29, 2005)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ September 29, 2005
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2509 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 338 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ B000OJ96NE
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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Honoré de Balzac (/ˈbɔːlzæk, ˈbæl-/; French: [ɔ.nɔ.ʁe d(ə) bal.zak], born Honoré Balzac, 20 May 1799 – 18 August 1850) was a French novelist and playwright. His magnum opus was a sequence of short stories and novels collectively entitled La Comédie Humaine, which presents a panorama of French life in the years after the 1815 Fall of Napoleon Bonaparte.

Owing to his keen observation of detail and unfiltered representation of society, Balzac is regarded as one of the founders of realism in European literature. He is renowned for his multi-faceted characters; even his lesser characters are complex, morally ambiguous and fully human. Inanimate objects are imbued with character as well; the city of Paris, a backdrop for much of his writing, takes on many human qualities. His writing influenced many famous writers, including the novelists Émile Zola, Charles Dickens, Gustave Flaubert, Jack Kerouac and Henry James, as well as important philosophers such as Friedrich Engels. Many of Balzac's works have been made into films, and they continue to inspire other writers.

An enthusiastic reader and independent thinker as a child, Balzac had trouble adapting to the teaching style of his grammar school. His willful nature caused trouble throughout his life and frustrated his ambitions to succeed in the world of business. When he finished school, Balzac was apprenticed in a law office, but he turned his back on the study of law after wearying of its inhumanity and banal routine. Before and during his career as a writer, he attempted to be a publisher, printer, businessman, critic, and politician; he failed in all of these efforts. La Comédie Humaine reflects his real-life difficulties, and includes scenes from his own experience.

Balzac suffered from health problems throughout his life, possibly due to his intense writing schedule. His relationship with his family was often strained by financial and personal drama, and he lost more than one friend over critical reviews. In 1850, Balzac married Ewelina Hańska, a Polish aristocrat and his longtime love; he died in Paris five months later.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Badly printed book
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Don't get me wrong, the novel is a masterpiece, but the printed book is defective. It is badly printed, and on many pages there are lines that have been printed with insufficient ink, which means they are light grey and very distracting and disturbing when you are reading.

Penguin should NOT be selling such poorly printed books.

I contacted Amazon Customer Services requesting a new and properly printed copy, but nothing has been done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quintessential Balzac
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5.0 out of 5 stars it's a great story, timeless
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