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Title : Le Cousin Pons
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ISBN : 0559575564
ISBN13 : 978-0559575563
Format Type : Hardcover
Language : Katalanisch
Publisher : BiblioBazaar 13 November 2008
Number of Pages : 328 Seiten
File Size : 991 KB
Status : Available For Download
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Le Cousin Pons Reviews

  • Sämi
    2019-08-22 20:09

    Der Musiker Pons ist besessen von seiner Sammelleidenschaft. Verarmt, weil seine bescheidene Rente für die kostbaren Gemälde, Miniaturen und Gläser nicht ausreicht, und gedemütigt von der Familie, gerät er an den Rand seiner Existenz und findet sich, als man den Wert seiner Sammlung erkennt, plötzlich in mehrere Intrigen verstrickt.Meine Meinung:Ein Buch über einen Sammler. Viel habe ich mir davon versprochen, da ich Sammelleidenschaft auch selber kenne. Das Sammeln wird jedoch kaum thematisiert, vielmehr stehen die Intrigen verschiedener Personen im Umfeld von Pons im Vordergrund, wie man sich die wertvolle Sammlung unter den Nagel reißen kann. Dabei geht es darum, den Tod von Pons abzuwarten (oder will man gar nachhelfen?), wobei man zuvor möglichst Einfluss auf das Testament nehmen möchte. Diese Erbschleichergeschichte lässt kein Klischee aus, ist am Ende vielleicht etwas zu dick aufgetragen. Die Geschichte beginnt zunächst recht schleppend, bis zur Seite 300 ist keine rechte Spannung aufgekommen. Balzac führt m.E. zu viele Figuren ein, ohne dass jede einzelne wirklich zum Leben erwacht. Dies mag daran liegen, dass Balzac einen vielbändigen Zyklus geschrieben hat und mir bisher nur ein weiterer Band bekannt ist.Seine Figuren lässt er viel in wörtlicher Rede sprechen, im Nachwort ist erläutert, dass ein besonderer Klang der Sprache sie charakterisiert. In der deutschen Übersetzung und zudem hat das Buch 160 Jahre hinter sich bemerke ich dies jedoch kaum. Störend finde ich vor allem zu Beginn, dass sich Balzac immer wieder als allwissender Autor einschaltet und seine Figuren kommentieren muss. Er überlässt die Interpretation also nicht dem Leser, sondern kommentiert überdeutlich, manchmal spricht er Dinge aus, die ohnehin aus den Figuren deutlich hervortreten. Das macht ein Versinken in der Geschichte zunächst schwierig. Die letzten 130 Seiten gefielen mir hingegen deutlich besser, das Buch gewinnt an Fahrt und macht Spaß zu Lesen.

  • Geoff Puterbaugh
    2019-09-14 13:58

    This novel (Cousin Pons) for some reason is my favorite Balzac novel. Touching, perceptive, melancholy, and filled with brilliant characterization. You might try this if you have never read Balzac, and find out what happens to a "poor relation" who is suddenly discovered to be a "rich relation" by the relatives who have been treating him shabbily for the past three decades.Then of course it's on to "Lost Illusions" and its sequel, "A Harlot High and Low" (Splendeurs et miseres....)

  • TLT
    2019-09-01 13:08

    I was very disappointed in this edition by Penguin Classics as there were NO explanatory notes with the story--- only an introduction. As I can recall from an earlier time, Penguin Classics Always offered more than just the text. I guess things have changed since the company was sold.

  • FantasyCreature
    2019-08-21 14:58

    Balzac. Need I say more. An ingenuous composer/conductor and lover of antiques and the gathering storm of those who want to claim his property when he's gone. Marvel at a the Paris Marais of yesteryear depicted with such wit and frankness by this master storyteller. A good translation.

  • StarSearcher
    2019-09-09 13:10

    This work, like all of Balzac's works, possesses his style, namely his perceptive insights into a Parisian's sole and the fabric of society during that time. Had these observations been relevent only to Paris of that time (the book takes place 1844-46) this book would not have the impact it does. I can almost imagine any one of these characters existing today, and wouldn't be surprised to open up the newspaper and reading a column with a similar story as this book.It's a great look at what moves people to get ahead and step over other's who are more vulnerable. It is as if Balzac is saying that society is an extension of the apt phrase "survival of the fittest". The characters that ultimately succeed in this novel are the one's not with the most talent, but with the drive to get ahead in society. There are limits however, as a character who oversteps the laws of society is ultimately punished.It is a painful novel to read as the characters who are the most sensitive and least versed in the ways of society suffer the most . Even a relatively minor character who is noble becomes withdrawn and pessimistic as a result of his inability to be charitable. It's definetely not an uplifting read, but it is very well written nontheless.

  • albe
    2019-09-16 17:01

    as good as a harlot high and low, black sheep cousin bette. if you like balzac you will like this.

  • Chadwick Henley Essex
    2019-09-06 18:15

    Subject is pure James but the treatment impure Balzac so, as with Dickens, you take the bad with the good. The dull gay couple at the center of the novel is deadly dull indeed. How could it be otherwise: they’re both musicians. Fortunately Balzac surrounds them with ravenous birds of prey posing as kindly, caring, soulful, considerate human beings, when they’re anything but. How engaging they are! How enlivening! True measure of Balzac’s art is that his sympathetic characters don’t win our sympathy while the unsympathetic ones do. Even our respect. Our applause. Here his genius for characterization produces two redoubtable masterpieces: the middle-class Madame Camusot and the lower-class Madame Cibot. Mistake these women for ladies at your peril. Their hands are claws, their mouths beaks, dining on Pons and Schmucke as owls do mice. Yet all too human. All too comic. All too terrible.