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Facino Cane   By: (1799-1850)

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Facino Cane by Honoré de Balzac is a compelling and intriguing novella that takes readers on a journey through the life of a mysterious and enigmatic character. Balzac's writing style is vivid and atmospheric, creating a sense of anticipation and suspense that keeps the reader engaged from beginning to end.

The story follows the life of Facino Cane, a man of unknown origin and ambiguous past. He is introduced to us as a painter who is skilled in the art of deception and illusion. As the narrative unfolds, we discover that there is much more to Facino Cane than meets the eye.

Balzac masterfully explores themes of identity, art, and the true nature of beauty. Through the character of Cane, he delves into the complexities of human existence and the masks we often wear to conceal our true selves. The protagonist's enigmatic persona is shrouded in secrecy, leaving readers intrigued and eager to uncover the hidden truths behind his existence.

One of the most captivating aspects of the novella is Balzac's deft exploration of the art world. Through Cane's occupation as a painter, the author offers a unique perspective on the creative process and the transformative power of art. Balzac's vivid descriptions of Cane's paintings evoke a sense of wonder and fascination, effectively conveying the emotional impact of his works.

Furthermore, Balzac's rich character development brings the story to life. While the protagonist remains tantalizingly elusive, the supporting characters are fully fleshed out and memorable. Each character adds depth to the narrative, offering contrasting viewpoints and motivations that add intrigue and suspense to the story.

Additionally, Balzac's mastery of prose lends itself to the captivating atmosphere of the novella. His descriptive language vividly captures the settings and emotions, immersing readers in the world he has created. The eloquence of his writing elevates the story, resulting in a truly immersive reading experience.

However, one criticism that could be made is that the novella's brevity leaves some aspects of the plot feeling unresolved. While ambiguity can be an effective narrative tool, there are moments where readers may yearn for further exploration and development of certain storylines.

Overall, Facino Cane is a captivating and thought-provoking novella that showcases Balzac's skill as a writer. With its intriguing protagonist, rich character development, and evocative prose, this book is sure to captivate readers who enjoy delving into the complexities of human nature and the world of art. Balzac's exploration of identity and the power of deception is both engaging and thought-provoking, making Facino Cane a worthwhile read for fans of literary fiction.

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By Honore De Balzac

Translated by Clara Bell and others


I once used to live in a little street which probably is not known to you the Rue de Lesdiguieres. It is a turning out of the Rue Saint Antoine, beginning just opposite a fountain near the Place de la Bastille, and ending in the Rue de la Cerisaie. Love of knowledge stranded me in a garret; my nights I spent in work, my days in reading at the Bibliotheque d'Orleans, close by. I lived frugally; I had accepted the conditions of the monastic life, necessary conditions for every worker, scarcely permitting myself a walk along the Boulevard Bourdon when the weather was fine. One passion only had power to draw me from my studies; and yet, what was that passion but a study of another kind? I used to watch the manners and customs of the Faubourg, its inhabitants, and their characteristics. As I dressed no better than a working man, and cared nothing for appearances, I did not put them on their guard; I could join a group and look on while they drove bargains or wrangled among themselves on their way home from work. Even then observation had come to be an instinct with me; a faculty of penetrating to the soul without neglecting the body; or rather, a power of grasping external details so thoroughly that they never detained me for a moment, and at once I passed beyond and through them... Continue reading book >>

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