Complete summary of Honoré Balzac’s Sarrasine. novella begins, the narrator is attending an evening reception given by Count and Countess de Lanty. Sarrasine The narrator is out of sight in a window seat at a ball. As he contemplates the garden he hears bits and pieces of various. Honoré de Balzac (–) may be best known as a novelist, yet he was also a prolific and skilled writer of short stories and novellas.
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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. They lowered their voices and walked away in order to talk more at their ease on some retired couch. Never was a more promising mine laid open to seekers after mysteries. No one knew from what country the Lanty family came, nor to what source–commerce, extortion, piracy, or inheritance–they owed a fortune estimated at several millions.
All the members of the family spoke They lowered their voices and walked away in order to talk more at their ease on some retired couch. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers balza about Sarrasineplease sign up.
Lists with This Book. I was away and i was browsing through a bookstore and i saw that tiny little book. And it’s a story within a story and the author has a way with words and and it was interesting and it was great. The writing is beautiful and alive and i felt the need to read more.
I will read more of Balzac in the future. Nov 15, Florencia rated it it was ok Shelves: Ernest-Jean Sarrasine was the son of a rich lawyer that, after many problems at school, decided to become an artist.
He started to work as a sarraasine and after winning a competition, he went on to Rome. There he entered the Argentina Theatre and met Zambinella, an Opera singer.
From that moment, he was no longer the owner of his thoughts. But his frantic thoughts outran his pencil. He met La Zambinella, spoke to her, entreated her, exhausted a thousand years of life and happiness with her, placin Ernest-Jean Sarrasine was the son of a rich lawyer that, after many problems at school, decided to become an artist. He met La Zambinella, spoke to her, entreated her, exhausted balac thousand years of life and happiness with her, placing her in all imaginable situations, trying the future with her, so to speak His passion became more profound as it became more tranquil.
Yes, more love and more obsession and that kind of stuff.
This is a somewhat thought-provoking novella that deals with some interesting themes. I must admit that I didn’t dislike Balzac’s writing. A couple of amusing comments about people and society as a whole were balac. Additionally, the use of lyricism is rather balanced. And it is a short book However, a paragraph to establish some context would have been enough.
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Sarrasine by Honoré de Balzac
This feverish novelette about artistic creation and sexual identity is, perhaps, best introduced as being a kind of Bourbon-Restoration The Crying Game. The eponymous Sarrasine, a moody eighteenth-century sculptor, visits Italy and falls head over heels for a prima donna he sees at the opera; but trying to pursue her leads quickly to a brutal, melodramatic reveal and climax.
From the beginning, Balzac plays the reader as Sarrasine is played, setting up a theme of flirty, desirable women and gruff This feverish novelette about artistic creation and sexual identity is, perhaps, best introduced as being a kind of Bourbon-Restoration The Crying Game. And the objectification inherent in physical attraction is very much the point here, linked as it is to the process of art.
Sarrasine objectifies Zambinella not just figuratively but literally as well, by making a statue of her which captures his ideals rather than capturing her herself.
In fact, Balzac invents a whole chain of art works stretching from the events of his story down to the for him present day, complete with the shifting genders that are so essential to his story: The feminine cantatrice has become a masculine Greek shepherd.
This distance between one’s image of a love-object and their real self is the fundamental subject of the book.
As lovers, neglected or abandoned. And friendship — does that even exist? It certainly has that decadent interest in enclosed spaces and sensual excess; early mentions of Byron and Anne Radcliffe show the kind of world we should be expecting. But its generic features are perhaps less interesting than the contemporary themes it picks up on. The focus on casual objectification and sexual identity makes it feel in some ways powerfully modern — and you’ve got to be impressed at how many PhD topics Balzac manages to cover in just 35 pages of text.
A gender-bending Gallic treat. Feb 02, Magdalen rated it really liked it. His descriptions are splendid and the story was interesting although at first I wasn’t following and felt a bit lost When the narrator started telling the story of Sarrasine he got me.
It was shocking and keep in mind when it was written!! Jan 04, Petra Eggs rated it did not like it Shelves: It was the equivalent of standing sarrasune front of an Old Master in an art gallery and being instructed by the enraptured guide to study the beautiful painting of the velvet folds of the curtains, just look at those brush strokes, see how he has captured the light Yes, beautiful, can we move on now?
View all 5 comments. Bwlzac 30, Tracey rated it really liked it Shelves: This was a real treat. Right away, the opening sentence caught me eye. Was it a great story, who cares? Valzac 07, R. May 16, Sylvester rated it it was ok Shelves: Left me with that empty feeling that very truthful writing often does.
I didn’t love the story – but must pay my respects to Balzac’s insight. So much of our love and what we think of as our “identity” is sadrasine complete fraud.
We don’t know others, we don’t really know ourselves, and we are blown about by every wind – whims, desires, fears – it’s not a pretty existence. Balzac gets under the skin precisely, as with a scalpel.
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Jan 04, Lisa sarrasibe it liked it Recommended to Lisa by: Balzac Yahoo Reading Group. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. In this story, Balzac uses a device he often employs, a story within a story.
Madame de Rochefide, not yet experienced in the ways of the world, is startled by the appearance of a very old man at the salon of the Lanty family. She thinks he is a ghost. This family is wealthy even by the standards of Parisian society, but the source of their wealth is unknown. Early speculation about this fades; the two children, Marianina and Filippo are both beautiful and rich and therefore valuable assets on t In this story, Balzac uses a device he often employs, a story within a story.
Early speculation about this fades; the two children, Marianina and Filippo are both beautiful and rich and therefore valuable assets on the marriage market. No one wants to sabotage that. Madame de Rochefide’s youhful indiscretion compels the narrator to explain, and so, as balaac settle down in sarrqsine of a portrait of a young Adonis, he tells the story: Sarrasine was a wild and exuberant artist-sculptor who had been expelled by the Jesuits in his youth but behaved himself in Paris as a student until he won a prize which took him to Italy.
In no time he had fallen for an opera singer, the beautiful La Zambinella, and he began to pursue her. Alas, she repels his advances and his previously suppressed violent urges come to the fore. He kidnaps her one night after seeing her performing at the private party given by Cardinal Cigonari – she was dressed there as a man and he is outraged by insinuations that the invitation to this party is a joke against him.
His overt passion has made him a laughing stock because the veiled hints that la Zambinella had given him about her ‘fatal beauty’ were true: La Zambinella is no woman, but rather an effeminate man. Probably a castrato, as Balzac implies with this exchange: Whence have you come? Did a woman ever appear in a Roman theatre? And do you not know what sort of hknor play female parts within the domains of the Pope?
It was I, monsieur, who endowed Zambinella with his voice. So what’s this got to do with the Lanty family, asks Madame de Rochefide? That portrait of the Adonis is La Zambinella as a youth, and the old man who hangs around like a spectre is the singer himself.
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Madame de Rochefide is repelled by the story but the narrator assures her that civilisation has moved on and that ‘there are none of those wretched creatures now. Apr 12, Kristen Chavis rated it really liked it. Enchanted by her lovely voice, he cannot help but to try to meet her. He shows up at every performance and his love becomes known to the members of the Opera.
This is further complicated by the fact that the story takes place in an old mansion. The story of Sarrasine is told from inside a coat closet in the old mansion.