So any list of the “essential” Balzac inevitably omits a handful of great works.
As I said, Balzac wrote about an epoch that is curiously like our own.
It has already been compared to Citizen Kane, The Godfather, and Balzac.
He was the great explicator of Mexico City, as Dickens had been with London and Balzac for Paris.
Balzac was the great novelist of money, social climbing, and power.
For, as Balzac truly remarked, Chopin was less a musician than une ame qui se rend sensible.
It is as easy to sit in Shakespeare's brain and think from there, as it is from Balzac's.
These are still under the illusion that Balzac is a wicked writer.
I open, for example, any one of half a dozen French studies of Balzac.
Balzac returns to this subject so often and so emphatically that one half believes him to be the victim of his own mystification.