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Cousin Pons: Poor Relations, Part Two

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780140442052
Author(s): Honore De Balzac
Format: Paperback
Year: 1978
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Penguin Books
Dimensions: 129 x 200 x 21 (w x l x h)
Pages: 336
Series: Penguin Classics

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Mild, harmless and ugly to behold, the impoverished Pons is an ageing musician whose brief fame has fallen to nothing. Living a placid Parisian life as a bachelor in a shared apartment with his friend Schmucke, he maintains only two passions: a devotion to fine dining in the company of wealthy but disdainful relatives, and a dedication to the collection of antiques. When these relatives become aware of the true value of his art collection, however, their sneering contempt for the parasitic Pons rapidly falls away as they struggle to obtain a piece of the weakening man's inheritance. Taking its place in the Human Comedy as a companion to Cousin Bette, the darkly humorous 'Cousin Pons' is among of the last and greatest of Balzac's novels concerning French urban society: a cynical, pessimistic but never despairing consideration of human nature.

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