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The Wrong Side of Paris, the final novel in Balzac's The Human Comedy, is the compelling story of Godefroid, an abject failure at thirty, who seeks refuge from materialism by moving into a monastery-like lodging house in the shadows of Notre-Dame. Presided over by Madame de La Chanterie, a noblewoman with a tragic past, the house is inhabited by a remarkable band of men - all scarred by the tumultuous aftermath of the French Revolution - who have devoted their lives to performing anonymous acts of charity. Intrigued by the Order of the Brotherhood of Consolation and their uplifting dedication to virtuous living, Godefroid strives to follow their example. He agrees to travel - incognito - to a Parisian slum to save a noble family from ruin. There he meets a beautiful, ailing Polish woman who lives in great luxury, unaware that just outside her bedroom door her own father and son are suffering in dire poverty. By proving himself worthy of the Brotherhood, Godefroid finds his own spiritual redemption.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780812966756
ISBN-10: 0812966759
Format: Paperback
(205mm x 134mm x 15mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Modern Library Inc
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Publish Date: 6-Feb-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Honore de Balzac

Honore de Balzac (1799 1850), the great French novelist, was the author of The Human Comedy, a vast and delightful series of inter-connected novels that presents a comprehensive portrait of all walks of French society. Jordan Stump, winner of the French-American Foundation Translation Prize, is the translator of more than six French novels, including the Modern Library edition of Jules Verne s The Mysterious Island, described as breezy and blissfully readable by Kirkus Reviews. Adam Gopnik is the author of the national bestseller Paris to the Moon. He writes often on various subjects for The New Yorker. From the Hardcover edition."

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