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La Cousine Bette (French pronunciation: Cousin Bette) is an 1846 novel by French author Honoré de Balzac. Set in mid-19th century Paris, it tells the story of an unmarried middle-aged woman who plots the destruction of her extended family. Bette works with Valérie Marneffe, an unhappily married young lady, to seduce and torment a series of men. One of these is Baron Hector Hulot, husband to Bette’s cousin Adeline. He sacrifices his family’s fortune and good name to please Valérie, who leaves him for a tradesman named Crevel. The book is part of the Scènes de la vie Parisienne section of Balzac’s novel sequence La Comédie Humaine (“The Human Comedy”).
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La Cousine Bette is considered Balzac’s last great work. His trademark use of realist detail combines with a panorama of characters returning from earlier novels. Several critics have hailed it as a turning point in the author’s career, and others have called it a prototypical naturalist text. It has been compared to William Shakespeare’s Othello as well as Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace. The novel explores themes of vice and virtue, as well as the influence of money on French society. Bette’s relationship with Valérie is also seen as an important exploration of homoerotic themes. A number of film versions of the story have been produced, including a 1971 BBC mini-series starring Margaret Tyzack and Helen Mirren, and a 1998 feature film with Jessica Lange in the title role.
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Name Of the Novel: Cousin Betty
Author: Honoré de Balzac
Series: La Comédie Humaine
Published: 1846–1847 (Boniface)
Preceded by: Le Cousin Pons
Followed by: Un prince de la bohème
Book Type: pdf / ePub
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