The Illustrious Gaudissart

The Illustrious Gaudissart

Honoré de Balzac / Oct 21, 2019

The Illustrious Gaudissart A gifted travelling salesman finds his master in a provincial lunatic A comedic short story written by Balzac in one night

  • Title: The Illustrious Gaudissart
  • Author: Honoré de Balzac
  • ISBN: 9781162638904
  • Page: 316
  • Format: Paperback
  • A gifted travelling salesman finds his master in a provincial lunatic A comedic short story written by Balzac in one night.

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      • Honoré de Balzac

        Honor de Balzac was a nineteenth century French novelist and playwright His magnum opus was a sequence of almost 100 novels and plays collectively entitled La Com die humaine, which presents a panorama of French life in the years after the fall of Napol on Bonaparte in 1815.Due to his keen observation of detail and unfiltered representation of society, Balzac is regarded as one of the founders of realism in European literature He is renowned for his multi faceted characters even his lesser characters are complex, morally ambiguous and fully human Inanimate objects are imbued with character as well the city of Paris, a backdrop for much of his writing, takes on many human qualities His writing influenced many famous authors, including the novelists Marcel Proust, mile Zola, Charles Dickens, Gustave Flaubert, Henry James and Jack Kerouac, as well as important philosophers such as Friedrich Engels Many of Balzac s works have been made into films, and they continue to inspire other writers.An enthusiastic reader and independent thinker as a child, Balzac had trouble adapting himself to the teaching style of his grammar school His willful nature caused trouble throughout his life, and frustrated his ambitions to succeed in the world of business When he finished school, Balzac was apprenticed as a legal clerk, but he turned his back on law after wearying of its inhumanity and banal routine Before and during his career as a writer, he attempted to be a publisher, printer, businessman, critic, and politician He failed in all of these efforts La Com die Humaine reflects his real life difficulties, and includes scenes from his own experience.Balzac suffered from health problems throughout his life, possibly due to his intense writing schedule His relationship with his family was often strained by financial and personal drama, and he lost than one friend over critical reviews In 1850, he married Ewelina Ha ska, his longtime paramour he died five months later.


    128 Comments

    1. This is another of Balzac's short stories that are more of an extended anecdote than a tightly focused event a la Hemingway or Henry James. In this case, a French salesman gets the best of a supercilious Englishwoman by appealing to her innate snobbery. It's good for a broad smile, but it's more of a piece of after-dinner conversation told by an expert raconteur.


    2. This is not a review, it's a summary so that I can keep track of the stories I've read from La Comedie Humaine.Written in 1844, this very short story of less than 4000 words is a sardonic portrait of Parisian salesmen. Where the travelling salesman in Balzac’s tale of The Illustrious Gaudissart got his comeuppance at the hands of the wily Tourangian peasants, in Paris – a citadel of commerce with shops to rival Versailles – things are different…‘To know how to sell, to be able to sell, [...]


    3. Conto publicado em 1833 que retrata a figura do caixeiro-viajante através do personagem Gaudissart. Faz parte da série Os Parisienses na Província.O ilustre o título se dirige a Tourenne com o intuito de empurrar seus produtos a seus cidadãos. Ele se vangloria de sua capacidade de persuasão mas não conta com as características do povo tourenense: de espírito ardente, poético, criativo e voluptuoso, sofre a languidez e suavidade do clima que o torna indolente. Ocupa seu tempo em caçoar [...]


    4. When one undertakes to read the shorter, relatively unknown works of Honore de Balzac, one encounters aspects of the author one never imagined. The Illustrious Gaudissart is more like a facetious American work of the 1840s than what one imagines to be a typical work in the Human Comedy.Picture to yourself a shaggy dog story of a traveling salesman named Gaudissart, who tries to make the sale under any and all circumstances. He appears to be indomitable until he runs into some peasants in Vouvray [...]


    5. Very short, but amusing. Balzac is often sad, but not so here. In the opening few paragraphs he was describing those men who were "commercial travelers" - what we would call traveling salesmen. The cadence in these paragraphs reminded me of a carnival barker, or perhaps what I think a "snake oil" salesman might have sounded like. Just right to put me in the mood for a spoof, and I wasn't disappointed.


    6. Gaudissart is one of the great commercial travelling salesmen, so renowned that his name is almost synonymous with the occupation. While in Vouvray he encounters several mystifying circumstances. Will he be able to unravel the mystery or has he met his match in these provincials? This short story is a fun read.


    7. L'Illustre Gaudissard est une courte histoire de Balzac qui est très sympathique à lire. Ce court livre a réussi à me mettre le sourire aux lèvres.


    8. If anyone wants a clearer understanding and appreciation of the French, their national character and where they are coming from, they could do worse than read Balzac.


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