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The Physiology of Marriage   By: (1799-1850)

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Honoré de Balzac's "The Physiology of Marriage" is an enthralling exploration of the intricacies of married life. Balzac, known for his sharp observation of human behavior, delves deep into the complexities of marriages and unveils the hidden realities that often remain obscured.

In this thought-provoking work, Balzac challenges conventional notions of love and romance, shedding light on the harsh realities and power dynamics that characterize married life. He presents a candid yet devastatingly accurate portrayal of the struggles couples face behind closed doors, touching on topics such as infidelity, lack of intimacy, and societal pressures.

What sets Balzac's work apart is his ability to dissect the nuances of human interactions, bringing to life a vivid cast of characters who embody the various archetypes found within marriages. Through his astute observations and compelling narrative, he exposes the flaws and weaknesses inherent in marital relationships, leaving readers introspecting on their own experiences and beliefs.

Furthermore, Balzac's literary style is nothing short of magnificent. With eloquent prose and a keen eye for detail, he effortlessly portrays the subtlest of emotions and unspoken desires. His writing captures the essence of the human psyche, giving readers a rare glimpse into the innermost thoughts and motivations that drive individuals in their pursuit of marital happiness.

"The Physiology of Marriage" is a timeless masterpiece that transcends its time and remains relevant even in contemporary society. Balzac's acute social commentary challenges societal norms, offering readers a critical lens through which they can examine their personal relationships. Though written in the 19th century, the book's themes and insights continue to resonate with readers today, making it a must-read for anyone interested in the complexities of human relationships.

In conclusion, "The Physiology of Marriage" is a remarkable work of literature that brings to light the multifaceted nature of married life. Balzac's brilliant prose and candid observations make for an engaging and thought-provoking read. Whether one is married or simply interested in exploring the intricacies of human connections, this book provides valuable insights that are both enlightening and poignant.

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By Honore De Balzac


"Marriage is not an institution of nature. The family in the east is entirely different from the family in the west. Man is the servant of nature, and the institutions of society are grafts, not spontaneous growths of nature. Laws are made to suit manners, and manners vary.

"Marriage must therefore undergo the gradual development towards perfection to which all human affairs submit."

These words, pronounced in the presence of the Conseil d'Etat by Napoleon during the discussion of the civil code, produced a profound impression upon the author of this book; and perhaps unconsciously he received the suggestion of this work, which he now presents to the public. And indeed at the period during which, while still in his youth, he studied French law, the word ADULTERY made a singular impression upon him. Taking, as it did, a prominent place in the code, this word never occurred to his mind without conjuring up its mournful train of consequences. Tears, shame, hatred, terror, secret crime, bloody wars, families without a head, and social misery rose like a sudden line of phantoms before him when he read the solemn word ADULTERY! Later on, when he became acquainted with the most cultivated circles of society, the author perceived that the rigor of marriage laws was very generally modified by adultery... Continue reading book >>

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