By Honoré de Balzac
Honoré de Balzac - Cousin Pons
Poor kin sequence, half 2
Mild, risk free and unpleasant to behold, the impoverished Pons is an growing older musician whose short repute has fallen to not anything. residing a placid Parisian lifestyles as a bachelor in a shared condo together with his good friend Schmucke, he keeps merely passions: a devotion to high quality eating within the corporation of rich yet disdainful relations, and a commitment to the gathering of antiques. whilst those family members discover the real worth of his paintings assortment, in spite of the fact that, their sneering contempt for the parasitic Pons speedily falls away as they try to acquire a bit of the weakening man's inheritance.
Taking its position within the Human Comedy as a better half to Cousin Bette, the darkly funny Cousin Pons is between of the final and maximum of Balzac's novels referring to French city society: a cynical, pessimistic yet by no means despairing attention of human nature.
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