Les Chouans has 2 ratings and 0 reviews: Published January 30th by Editions Flammarion, Mass Market Paperback. Project Gutenberg · 58, free ebooks · by Honoré de Balzac. The Chouans by Honoré de Balzac. No cover available. Download; Bibrec. Doris F. Kadish. A T one point in his historical novel Les Chouans, Balzac prefaces a related to landscape in Les Chouans, and to what end? This paper .

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Yet as with every Balzac offering I have voyaged through I kept the pages close to my own existence, the book never further than a metre from my passage, and when I recalled the events that had most recently unfolded, my first instinct was to conjure the characters in the flesh, for such was and remains the sublime genius of dear Honore that his wordsmithery conjures imagery with such zeal that its often remarkably tricky to understand at first glance back towards the experience that these were lines and words on a page, not a film I had seen.

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lez However, I gathered that this was for the most part from the skill of the writer. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. They died, the day after they were married. Mademoiselle Marie de Verneuil, and her accomplice Francine, have been sent by Bonaparte to seduce Marquis de Montauran to undermine the Royalist uprising – to hand over The Gars chouanx the Republicans.

Hiding there, Marie is surprised by the Comte de Bauvac, also hiding out. To view it, click here.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Villa marked it as to-read Nov 03, Balzac has given us many excellent works. Due to his keen observation of fine detail and unfiltered representation of society, Balzac is regarded as one of the founders of realism in Balac literature.

It doesn’t help the confusion that Balzac keeps using different names for his characters and the opposing sides.

Trivia About The Chouans. Mme de Gua is instantly suspicious of Marie, not to mention extremely jealous. Marie is furious, denounces him to Hulot and then sets off to confront him. She abandoned Corentin, her co-conspirator from Paris and because she couldn’t stand the rough-and-ready Chouans, she came up with her own plan – to marry their leader, i.


Inanimate objects are imbued with character as well; the city of Paris, a backdrop for much of his writing, takes on many human qualities.

The Chouans, by Honoré de Balzac

These rustic Chouans rise up in support of the King-in-Exile and his supporters, who include the Britishbxlzac leader being one Marche-a-Terre. Thank goodness I now have a Kindle and can download Balzac from manybooks.

But Marie falls in love with her target Madame du Gua spends her time declaring Verneuil a strumpet and plotting her downfall. At the start of the novel, the Republican Commander Hulot is assaulted by Chouan forces, balzaac convert dozens of conscripts. When they meet, of course, she realises the letter was from Corentin and bitterly regrets her actions.

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After her mother went into chokans nunnery to absolve her shame and then died, her father the marquis took her in and left her money in his Will. Like the Mahicans of Cooper’s novel, the Chouan insurgents are skilled at using their surroundings, coming out of the woods in more ways than one. There is a lot of plot to this This added further to my knowledge of the French Revolution.

It takes place in in Brittany, where people of deep religious conviction resided.

I had a hard time following the many flighting characters and how they overlapped with one another. It was a horrible and wasteful way to read a book! An enthusiastic reader and independent thinker as a child, Balzac had trouble adapting himself to the teaching style of his grammar school. The greater part of the book is a love story between an aristocratic young woman and a Chouan loyalist, recently returned from hiding in England.

It was too much. Because of its extended conversations, intricate descriptions and lengthy asides, the book is considered “heavy” by some critics. As he neared completion of his novel — originally titled Le Gars — Balzac wrote an announcement heralding its imminent publication.

While it is disdained by critics in favor of Balzac’s later work, the novel marks a turning point in his life and artistry.


Though there is the excellent plot, Balzac manages to find a way for decent characterization as well – decent, not excellent or perfect. In the end I had to download it from Project Gutenberg but couldn’t bear reading it on a computer screen and in the end I printed out all pages of it.

Balzac has given us many exce Les Chouans was a huge disappointment for me. Still pockets of resistance remained and therein lies this story.

Set in the French region of Brittany, the novel combines military history with a love story between the aristocratic Marie de Verneuil and the Chouan royalist Alphonse de Montauran. Secondly, I never really knew what Balzac’s position was on anything – who were we supposed to see as the good guys and who the bad guys? Du Gua is at first a sympathetic character, but by the end of the novel she is presented as sharing a face with a spirit from hell.

He arranges for her to receive a letter purporting to be a love-letter from Montauran to Mme de Gua. One instance actually involves physically attacking Verneuil to get a letter out of her corset. Rebuffed by Marie and unable to wield the might of the commandant, Corentin relies on trickery and deception to achieve his ruthless ends. The brutality consistent throughout the other 7 Balzac novels I have devoured – all of which felt a part of my life for the duration – remains prevalent in The Chuoans, yet rather than manifesting through cunning manipulation and society high and low’s quest for improving their situation, it appears far more carnal.

Saintsbury proclaims that publishing Les Chouans was how he “first emerged from the purgatory of anonymous hack-writing. The mark of wondrous talent. Sin embargo tiene algunas partes entretenidas. He failed in all of these efforts. She actually makes the child wear his father’s bloodied boot!

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