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.. Balzac is one of France s greatest storytellers and this particular thriller is one of his most spine tingling ones The Chouans were a counter revolutionary movement during the French Revolution that occurred in the region between Brittany and Nantes and Balzac places his story in this accurate historic contest The book is fast paced and an extraordinary read and highly memorable. Les Chouans mi sembrato un romanzo che riesce a essere al tempo stesso melodrammatico, rocambolesco e iperdescrittivo ambientato nel 1799 cio proprio nell anno in cui nasceva Balzac , in Bretagna Il centro dell azione, in particolare nell ultima parte, Foug res, notevole per il suo castelloche qui Balzac definisce l une des plus immenses constructions faites par les ducs de Bretagne Il periodo quello delle sollevazioni a favore del Re e della Chiesa contro la Rivoluzione ma c gi un certo Bonaparte primo console All inizio si potrebbe anche pensare che sia un romanzo totalmente autonomo, ma ad un certo punto abbastanza avanti fa capolino un giovane ambizioso e intrigante, con occhi verdi che annunciano de malice et de fausset , e con modi insinuanti che ha la police grav s sur la figure ed portato dal suo carattere a sospettare sempre pi il male che il bene I lettori di Splendeurs et mis res des courtisanes lo riconoscono l hanno gi trovato molti anni dopo come capo della polizia.E infatti Les Chouans uno dei primi testi della Com die humaine quindi ora che l ho finito, mi mancano ancora quei centodieci centoventi e poi li ho letti tutti e penso che uno dei buoni motivi per leggerlo sia appunto l opportunit di scoprire le origini di Corentin fa un po l effetto di quando nell ultima serie di Orange is the new black veniamo a conoscere il passato di Piscatella L ambientazione nel 1799 significava storia recente giusto trent anni prima della pubblicazione E a quanto pare Balzac pot confrontarsi coi racconti di chi aveva vissuto direttamente quegli eventi, a partire da un amico di famiglia, il barone di Pommereul, che aveva combattuto contro gli insorti Inoltre, conosceva personalmente gli ambienti che cos volentieri descrive.Il romanzo si sviluppa in una narrazione continuata, con pochi rapidi richiami al passato, in tre grandi blocchi non ulteriormente suddivisi L embuscade Une id e de Fouche Un jour sans lendemain ma nelle prime edizioni c erano pi divisioni interne, poi eliminate E parte con una minuziosa descrizione di un gruppo di coscritti, seguita da altrettanto ampia descrizione del paesaggio l avrete gi capito se vi annoiano le lunghe, meticolose descrizioni, meglio stare alla larga oppure saltare qualche pagina Ci troviamo nel paese dei Gars , che sono paragonati ai Mohicani Balzac era stato impressionato dal romanzo di James Feni Cooper impermeabili alla modernit , pittoreschi e superstiziosi, selvaggi e bellicosi ancora legati alle origini celtiche devoti alla Madonna e a santa Anne d Aurey Il punto di vista iniziale per quello dei soldati repubblicani, comandati dall esperto comandante Hulot, presentato fino alla fine con simpatia interessante vedere come la narrazione segua da una parte gli Chouans alleati, ma non sinonimo, come pensavo, dei Vandeani , che hanno da poco accolto un giovane aristocratico comandante sbarcato dall esilio e dall altra Hulot e i Bleus, cio i repubblicani Da entrambe le parti, senza schierarsi apertamente, Balzac mette in scena caratteri forti, indomabili e agguerriti e anche buontemponi capaci di scherzare persino mentre fischiano le pallottole Allo stesso modo, da una parte e dall altra, si compiace nel fare riferimenti ai soprannomi e alle espressioni colorite della lingua militaresca o del basso bretone Dopo la prima parte di battaglia e di rapina si capisce per che il vero centro che domina il tutto non la guerra civile, ma la passione un a contrastato, fatto di complicate schermaglie, tra spionistico e passionale mascheramenti e rivelazioni che si confondono, con tanto di gare di cortesia, ribaltamenti da fiducia a sospetto, da a a odio e viceversa, bon mots, atti di coraggio estremo e scene madri del sentimento.Per questo dicevo romanzo melodrammatico e poi rocambolesco anzi, vista la cronologia, bisognerebbe dire che Rocambole sar chouannesco non mancano infatti sortite notturne, travestimenti, scene di gruppo magistrali, assedi e balli, rivelazioni, comprimari risoluti e subito riconoscibili, anche se a volte le motivazioni delle azioni e la meccanica di alcuni avvenimenti non sono proprio chiarissime.Insomma, alla fine una narrazione con qualche pecca ma anche una piacevole e intrigante lettura e non solo per conoscere il passato di Corentin. In 1799, in France, the Chouans, royalist Breton peasants, in a guerrilla, oppose the Republicans An aristocrat, Marie de Verneuil, is sent by Joseph Fouch , the terrible minister of police to seduce and capture their leader, the Marquis de Montauran, known as the Guy le Gars She must be helped by a skilful, ambitious and unscrupulous policeman, Corentin.But Marie falls in love with her target Balzac plunges us than two centuries ago, in Brittany His characters are so real their names, in French, sound so poetic and Rabelaisian at the same time In this troubled and bloody time, Balzac makes us feel that everyone must choose his camp Chouans royalists or Republicans Everyone is wary of the other when you don t know a person s identity, how can you learn whether he s with or against you Conflicts and wars, whatever the countries, the eras, the ideologies, are absurd and horrible.Breton peasants became Chouans to defend monarchy The truth is that they were believers and that the Church, outlawed by the Revolution and the new Republic, had, through its priests, assured them that each Republican killed by them would be one step towards paradise.Fortunately, or unfortunately, love that seems eclipsed by men s wars, is still there, hidden somewhere, ready to resurge in the form of a daughter of Eve moulded with a greater mixture of gold in her clay And the man tries to guess the secrets of the mysterious woman in whom everything is a trap for the soul, a trap for the senses It s through a woman s mouth, Marie de Verneuil, that Balzac sums up in two sentences the Republican fighters Relying on the present, which they rule, they destroy the past for the benefit of the future And the royalist Chouan fighters Clinging to those fragments, they want to make a future from the past But what s the point of a happiness that can run away A beautiful story by Honor de Balzac Because Montaigu or Capulet, Chouans or Republicans, would there be beautiful love stories if the lovers had easiness to live their love In The Chouans, Balzac, always by Marie de Verneuil s mouth, and with a great accuracy, helps us to understand the women of his time Am I happy replied Marie No When I think that I am alone, hampered by social conventions that make me deceitful, I envy the privileges of a man But when I also reflect on the means which nature has bestowed on us women to catch and entangle you men in the invisible meshes of a power which you cannot resist, then the part assigned to me in the world is not displeasing to me And then again, suddenly, it does seem very petty, and I feel that I should despise a man who allowed himself to be duped by such vulgar seductions No sooner do I perceive our power and like it, than I know it to be horrible and I abhor it Sometimes I feel within me that longing towards devotion which makes my sex so nobly beautiful and then I feel a desire, which consumes me, for dominion and power Perhaps it is the natural struggle of the good and the evil principle in which all creatures live here below Angel or devil you have expressed it Ah to day is not the first time that I have recognized my double nature But we women understand better than you men can do our own shortcomings We have an instinct which shows us a perfection in all things to which, nevertheless, we fail to attain But, that which enhances us in your eyes is that we are all struggling, or less, against a thwarted destiny. Les Chouans French Pronunciation Le W , The Chouans Is An Novel By French Novelist And Playwright Honor De Balzac And Included In The Sc Nes De La Vie Militaire Section Of His Novel Sequence La Com Die Humaine Set In The French Region Of Brittany, The Novel Combines Military History With A Love Story Between The Aristocratic Marie De Verneuil And The Chouan Royalist Alphonse De Montauran It Takes Place During The Post War Uprising In Foug Res Primul roman publicat de Balzac, Les Chouans 1829 , este o capodoper Titlul ini ial al romanului,Le dernier chouan , reflect ideea ultimului capitol al operei, n care afl m c cele mai pre ioase informa ii despre evenimentele petrecute n 1799 n Bretania au fost oferite autorului, n urma unei munci de teren , de unul dintre partizanii uaneriei , mi carea contrarevolu ionar pe care numai Napoleon a reu it s o n bu e, anume Marche a Terre, devenit, dup 30 de ani de la evenimentele narate, n care ucisese peste 100 de oameni, un umil negustora care abia i mai duce zileleOrient rile realiste ale lui Balzac au fost parc nn scute Acestea sunt eviden iate nc din Introducerea la edi ia princeps, unde autorul afirm , printre altele, c el nu ridicularizeaza nici oameni, nici opinii i c el respect convingerilePersoanele i sunt necunoscute i nu e vina lui c faptele vorbesc de la sine i c vorbesc a a de puternic El nici nu le a creat, nici nu le a provocat , remarc autorul vorbind, nu f r u oare nuan e comice, despre subsemnat la persoana a III a Pe de alt parte, romanul mi se pare ns o tentativ de realism Criticile indirecte aduse la adresa societ ii se simt, e adev rat, dar altceva primeaz pasiunea aceea nebuneasc , form a pasiunii care, n opinia mea, exclude o dezvoltare perfect a realismului.Romanul se deschide cu o scen de lupt , ntre trupele guvernamentale i cele contrarevolu ionare, fidele exilatei dinastii regale n dialectul local, Chouan nseamn bufni , cucuvea, porecl dat acestor s lbatici datorit sunetului pe care l utilizau pentru a chema la lupt Acum dac ne uit m pe paginile c r ilor de istorie universal , m ndoiesc c am putea da peste ceva legat de rezisten a ranilor regali ti din Bretania Evenimentele narate de Balzac au fost umbrite de altele, mai proeminente, cum ar fi c derea Directoratului sau ascensiunea lui Napoleon Dar tocmai n aceste pete de istorie uitat const frumuse ea rustic a vie ii Opera reflect i o lume divizat ascensiunea cresc nd a republicanilor i lupta pe via i pe moarte a aristocra iei pentru a i reimpune dominarea Manipularea maselor, folosirea discursurilor regaliste ale iezui ilor, intrigile, intercept rile, scrisorile false sau dezinformarea sunt tot at tea dovezi n sprijinul acestei afirma ii Dar se pare c Revolu ia Francez a fost un ideal at t de m re nc t nicio josnicie feudal nu a reu it s l r zbat E drept c s au folosit i mijloace mai pu in ortodoxe , dar m re ia scopului scuz josnicia mijloacelor De i se desf oar ntr un context istoric n care evenimentele influen eaz ntru totul via cet enilor , fiecare fiind, direct sau indirect, membru al unei partide , romanul pare axat pe altceva tema cea mai impun toare care se identific al turi de r zboi iubirea Povestea androgenic de amor ntre marchizul Le Gars i Marie de Verneuil Primul este comandantul trupelor regaliste, d nsa este trimisa Ministerului s l asasineze prin orice mijloc S te tragi de barb i nu alta Desigur, nu este vorba de o iubire spontan , aceasta ncep nd dup modelul acela aristocratic, n care manierele i bun cuviin determina apari ia unei temeri reveren ioase, care are s constituie ulterior s mburele iubirii orbitoare Deznod m ntul este de o a a intensitate nc t, atunci c nd nchizi cartea, trebuie s tragi la c rcium i s bei cu mo negii, s i ascul i i s te dezmetice tibe ie politic , cea mai periculoas dintre toate, ntruc t ea nu se r ce te dec t n torente de s nge Ur sc jur mintele Prea au un aer circumspect Gudin continu cu o voce a c rei intensitate sporea mereu, c ci b tr nul iezuit tia c vehemen a cu care vorbe ti reprezint cel mai puternic dintre argumente pentru a i convinge pe s lbaticii lui auditori Da, a putea mai bine dec t oricare alta s fiu o mam vrednic i o so ie credincioas dar pentru a ntre ine asemenea sentimente n sufletul unei femei, un b rbat nu trebuie s se c s toreasc cu ea sub impulsul unei pasiuni Andrei Tama ,14 martie 2017 The walls of the Stronghold in Foug res Les remparts du Ch teau de Foug res This is a story firmly set in Romanticism, about the first labours of the counter revolution in French Brittany and Vend e.This book compels you to go and visit Foug res Lively story, Dizzying pace and headstrong characters Une criture romantique et romanc e des premiers soubresauts contre r volutionnaires de Bretagne et de Vend e.Ce livre vous impose de visiter Foug res L histoire est tr pidante, le rythme imp tueux, les personnages repr sentatifs, embl matiques. C est une belle surprise que ce roman De Balzac Une tension continue au gr des affrontements et des troubles passionn s entre les protagonistes A 28 ans, Balzac signe son premier roman, avec des aventures la Walter Scott Ivanoh ou la fa on de Feni Cooper auquel Balzac se r f re souvent en comparant les Bretons des Mohicans.Il s empare donc d un genre, le roman historique, avec les derni res batailles entre les Chouans des Royalistes et les R publicains dans la r gion de Foug res Il s empare surtout de la g ographie des lieux et emm ne le lecteur sur des routes et des sentiers peu s rs, sem s d emb ches, o l on peut tendre des embuscades C est un roman qui porte la fougue de la jeunesse de son auteur avec cette recherche d action permanente mais tonnamment ma tris sur 340 pages.J ai t s duit par la principale h ro ne, Marie de Verneuil, qui d passera en courage bien de ses concitoyens Et celui que l on appellera le Gars , le chef des Chouans a tout du chevalier sans peur mais c est un ennemi abattre pour Corentin, l espion au service de Fouch , et Hulot, l officier bougon au service de Madame de Verneuil, et du premier consul.M me en d pit des remarques incisives et d sobligeantes sur les Bretons de cette r gion, que j attribue de la m connaissance et au m pris de cette culture, et je mets donc mon chauvinisme de c t pour applaudir le jeune Balzac qui nous a d livr l un splendide roman d aventures Gu rilla, noces de sang Envo t Dans les premiers jours de l an VIII, au Commencement de Vend miaire, ou, pour se conformer au calendrier actuel, vers la fin du mois de septembre 1799, une centaine de paysans et un assez grand nombre de bourgeois, partis le matin de Foug res pour se rendre Mayenne, gravissaient la montagne de la P lerine, situ e mi chemin environ de Foug res Ern e, petite ville o les voyageurs ont coutume de se reposer. This is an odd book First off, you can tell the influence of Walter Scott in good ways and also bad ways good in that it s an exciting rollicking good yarn, bad in that he has to show off how much research he s done and digress about the clothing and cheese or grooming habits of the Bretons this was the main problem I had with Ivanhoe, for example the showing off of his background reading, not his knowledge of French cheese Secondly, I never really knew what Balzac s position was on anything who were we supposed to see as the good guys and who the bad guys It certainly wasn t a Thackarey style novel without a hero because we re often told how good some people are, when they also behave abominably The Gars, for example, in a fit of pique orders the execution of 100 Republican soldiers who have been housed under his supposed protection and he s the nominal romantic hero.To be honest, by the end I was willing Hulot and even Corentin on to despatch The Gars and Marie de Verneuil, because the pair were just too damned selfish and didn t seem to care how many soldiers lives they risked for their truncated love affair I thought that Hulot was a much interesting character.So, the romance I didn t really buy into, but the action was cracking especially as it takes in a little used period of French history, a civil war within a civil war Like all Balzac, it s slow to start and he has to ensure that you know where all the pieces on his chess board are before he can actually tell you anything, but overall it was definitely worth reading the scene where The Gars is pestered from all sides by allies wanting guarantees of preference if they help the King, just before a ball begins, is a masterpiece, especially when he throws his royal seal into the fire and proclaims that they can all go home and that he only wants people fighting for him who do so for principles it s a tense and exciting scene I have to say though, had it been another 100 pages longer it would have been pushing it. It s been a while since I last read a novel written by Honor de Balzac, but I think his style is unmistakable, it felt familiar from the very first pages I enjoyed reading this historical romance from the Sc nes de la vie militaire section of La com die humaine The plot was engaging and I found out interesting facts about the history of France.