The Quest Of The Absolute

The Quest Of The Absolute

Honoré de Balzac / Apr 03, 2020

The Quest Of The Absolute In Balzac s classic study of obsession a chance meeting changes Balthazar Claes life as it introduces him to alchemy and initiates his quest of the absolute Throughout our sympathy is equally divide

  • Title: The Quest Of The Absolute
  • Author: Honoré de Balzac
  • ISBN: 9781873982587
  • Page: 423
  • Format: Paperback
  • In Balzac s classic study of obsession, a chance meeting changes Balthazar Claes life as it introduces him to alchemy and initiates his quest of the absolute Throughout, our sympathy is equally divided between Balthazar s single minded determination to push back the frontiers of knowledge, and the ruin of his family The Quest Of The Absolute Was first published in FraIn Balzac s classic study of obsession, a chance meeting changes Balthazar Claes life as it introduces him to alchemy and initiates his quest of the absolute Throughout, our sympathy is equally divided between Balthazar s single minded determination to push back the frontiers of knowledge, and the ruin of his family The Quest Of The Absolute Was first published in France in 1834 and appears in a new edition from Dedalus, translated by Ellen Marriage and with an afterword and chronology by Christopher Smith.

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        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.


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    1. Anlaşılmaz bir nedenle bir çok insan inanmadan da umut besleyebilir. Mutlak Peşinde, bilime merak salmış bir adamın ve ailesinin dramatik öyküsünü konu alıyor. Biraz felsefe birazda dramın harmanlandığı bir aile trajedisi. Kitabın konusu ve karakterlerini çok sevdim, yazar nokta atışı seçimler yapmış ancak ben sunumu çok beğenemedim ne yazık ki. Balzac'ın uzun betimlemelerinden sıkça söz edilir, diğer kitaplarında bu betimlemeler beni rahatsız etmese de bu kitap [...]


    2. Обичам историите на Балзак. Писал е през 19 век и когато го чета, винаги се чудя дали самият той е знаел, че през 21 век (почти 200 години по-късно!), много неща ще са се променили в живота ни, самият живот ще е коренно различен, но хората си оставаме същите - често зли, алчни, нещастн [...]


    3. A friend of mine recommended this to me over 20 years ago. J Barry is an excellent philosopher, a champion of Arendt and Merleau-Ponty, yet his thoughts on literature have often went awry to my own tastes. This may have been the most static exercise by Balzac which I have encountered. That isn't a dig at the maestro, just an observation. The Quest concerns an obsession, which inflicts immeasurable harm on a family. One thinks of Balzac's Wild Ass' Skin but I was drawn to compare it to Mary Shell [...]


    4. “La Recherche de l’Absolu is, as has been said, a novel in itself. Taking minor points only, it is a masterpiece.” So said George Saintsbury in his introduction to the Complete La Comédie Humaine. After reading this short but powerful novel it is not hard to agree – contained in this story is the essence of Balzac, the purest of his writing, some of his most powerful. I had heard La Recherche de l’Absolu called his finest novel and it indeed maybe which makes it all the more surprisin [...]


    5. Quando la rovina viene dalla chimicaRispetto a quelli contenuti nei precedenti volumi da me letti, questo romanzo di Balzac è meno incentrato sugli aspetti sociali e politici della Francia dell'inizio del XIX secolo, e apparentemente si focalizza più su tematiche personali e familiari.Nella Fiandra francese l'antica famiglia dei Van Claës è una delle più stimate della cittadina di Douai, ed unisce alle solide tradizioni borghesi della regione il lustro di apparentamenti con l'aristocrazia s [...]


    6. Ce roman de Balzac raconte l'histoire d'un homme qui délaisse sa femme et ses enfants pour une passion particulière : la science. Balthazar Claës mènera sa famille dans la misère durant sa recherche de l'absolu.À la fin de ce livre, j'ai eu l'impression d,avoir lu une histoire sur un homme qui était accros à l'héroïne. La passion de Claës devient pour lui l'équivalent d'une drogue dure dont il est presque impossible de se défaire. On ne peut qu'éprouver de la tristesse pour sa fami [...]


    7. The Quest of the Absolute (La Recherche de l'Absolut) is a masterful study of a man's obsession and the effect it has, not only on him, but on his family. The title also been translated as The Alkahest. M. Claes has an extremely happy home life with his wife and four children until something grabs his imagination and he begins to study chemistry. Suddenly, even though he is physically at home, in his lab, his family feels almost abandoned.


    8. Brilliant Balzac as always. This story in a modern reading feels much more like the experiences of a family being ripped apart not by a scientist immersed in his genius, but by an addict laying waste for his high.


    9. "Wer immer strebend sich bemüht, den wollen wir erlösen", so singt es der Chor der Engel am Ende von Goethes Faust. Auch wenn wir nicht zum Ziel gelangen, so ist es doch unser Streben nach dem höheren Ziele hin, das alleine schon zu lobpreisen ist. Der Weg ist das Ziel. So ist denn auch die Suche nach Wissen, meist konotiert mit dem edlen und guten Verlangen des Strebens nach Erkenntnis, ein Unterfangen, das kein festes, greifbares Ziel umfasst. Die Frage nach dem "warum?" lässt immer noch [...]


    10. He de admitir que, al inicio, no estaba muy segura de que este libro me fuera a gustar; sólo había leído otro libro de Balzac (La obra de arte desconocida) y no me había marcado especialmente.Pues bien, esta obra de Balzac se me hizo muy pesada inicio --las primeras 100 páginas-- dado que el autor explica y describe todo, todo, to-do con muchísimo detalle y eso me abrumó. Sin embargo, cosa curiosa, el exceso de detalle de Balzac no es como el de Zola; mientras que el último describe de f [...]


    11. شاب كامل الأوصاف يفتتن بفتاة دميمة ليعيشا حياة أقرب ماتكون للخيال لمدة لن يخطر على البال أنها كللت بسعادة لاكدر فيها لينجبا أربعة أطفال جميلين بالجملةكفىشكراً بلزاكفلم أدرك أن العيش في اليوتوبيا مقيتٌ إلى هذه الدرجة.أتعبتني المثالية المفرطة للشخوص بدءاً من بلتزار الوسيم ف [...]


    12. Hayatını "mutlak"ı aramaya adayarak ailesini bilime feda eden saplantılı bir bilimadamının çöküşünü konu alan "Mutlak Peşinde / The Quest Of The Absolute / La Recherche De L'Absolu", Balzac’ın "İnsanlık Komedyası" altında topladığı etkileyici eserlerden biri. Aynı "Tılsımlı Deri" ve "Louis Lambert"de olduğu gibi kendini tüketen bir karakteri ele alan eserde aslında mutluluğun yanı başımızda sevdiklerimizle beraber olduğunun metaforu yapılıyor. Balthazar kar [...]


    13. Also included in the ForgottenBooks edition of Seraphita that I recently read was another of Balzac's Comedie Humaine novellas, The Alkahest. Set in Flemish Belgium, the story concerns a well-heeled family who are driven to the brink of poverty when the father develops an all-consuming passion for chemistry, specifically alchemy. Perpetually convinced that he is at the threshold of a discovery to bring glory and untold riches to his family, he squanders generations of accumulated wealth and poss [...]


    14. This is the story of obsession in the name of science. Balthazar, a Flemish man of good family is a devoted husband to Josephine. She's plain, has a deformity and is uneducated but he loves her and for 15 years they are very happy. And then a chance visit by a Polish officer sparks an interest in science, and he uses their family fortune in an obsessive quest for the elusive Philosopher's Stone, the alchemy to create precious metalsJosephine is patient, believes in him, and makes endless economi [...]


    15. "İnsan mutlağın varlığını duyumsayıp, burada evrenin gizemini taşıyorsa eğer, ne yaptıklarını bilmeden saati gelince birbirine saldıran insan sürülerinin peşinden sürüklenerek yaşayabilir mi ? Şimdi ki yaşamını düşün tam tersi. Bedenim gidip geliyor, hareket ediyor, ateşin, insanların, topların arasında dolaşıyor hor göre göre boyun eğdiği bir güün keyfine bağlı, Avrupa'yı bir baştan bir başa katediyor. Ruhumun bütün bunlardan haberi bile yok;bir d [...]


    16. There really is a reason why some of Balzac's novels are his well known works and others are not. He wrote some brilliant books. However, this is not one of those. He wrote some awful ones too, and this is not one of those either. This one is just mediocre. It's an overdone story with fairly flat characters. Mostly, it's hack work. Still, it's better than "Seraphita."


    17. Read this one a while before we read it on Classics Corner -- I loved it both times -- it added to the enjoyment that we were living in Belgie when I first read this and was familiar with many of the places where the story is set. webchive/web/2007083116


    18. I am starting to like the style of Balzac's writing. This work did have some good characters but the story was a repeat of the same thing over and over, 5 times I think. A story of addiction. to science of all things.


    19. رواية جيدة ،عن أسرة استقراطية فرنسية تعاني من تولع الأب بعلم الكيمياء ونذره لنفسه وماله في سبيل كشف المطلق فيه.هذه تجربتي الأولى مع بلزاك ،وكان العمل مذهلا لولا تخييم مشاعر الحب والرحمة على أجواء الرواية على الطريقة الرومانطقية الحالمة والتي لا تروق لي بتاتا.


    20. قد تكون الرواية جميلة في ذاتها وبها مايستحق ، لكني كرهتها ، كرهت ما أراد قوله ، كرهت مثالية شخصياته الحمقاء ، ومثالية الأحداث ، وتوصيفه الذي يبدي به سهولة الحصول على حياة مثالية . ظننت أني سأحب بلزاك وخاب ظني وأضعت وقتي





    21. أبطال هذه الروايه حساسون ومثاليون جداً الكره لا يعرف إلى قلوبهم سبيل و طوال الوقت "تترقرق" أعينهم بالدموع وهذا شيئ مستفز للغايه.


    22. Story is very interesting, I love the themes but the drama was extremely slow with maybe too much description over and over.


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