The Girl with the Golden Eyes by Honoré de Balzac

Histoire de Treize: La fille aux Yeux d’Or
The Girl with the Golden Eyes


I am happy to be reading this wonderful novelette again. Although it has a fair amount of the theatrical flummery that one expects from early Balzac, there is a steeliness to the characters and story that is quite wonderful.

Balzac begins with a portrait of the Parisians of his day as peoples of different classes who yet are all enslaved to the twin idols of Gold and Pleasure. Continue reading