This engaging volume was an entertaining introduction to Balzac, whom I had always imagined to be a snobbish academic (I have never actually read anything by Balzac). The penultimate chapter was essentially a list of what Saltus identified as Balzac's words of wisdom, the best of which was, "As soon as a misfortune occurs, some friend or other is always ready to tell us, and to run a dagger into our hearts, while expecting us to admire the handle."
Leatherby Libraries Call Number: PQ2178 .S3 2010
2nd Floor Humanities Library
Review submitted by: Nancy Stenerson Gonzales, Cataloger, Leatherby Libraries