By Honoré de Balzac
Good-looking would-be poet Lucien Chardon is terrible and naive, yet hugely formidable. Failing to make his identify in his uninteresting provincial homeland, he's taken up through a patroness, the fascinating married girl Madame de Bargeton, and prepares to forge his approach within the glamorous beau monde of Paris. yet Lucien has entered an international way more risky than he learned, as Madame de Bargeton's popularity turns into compromised and the fickle, venomous denizens of the courts and salons conspire to maintain him out in their ranks. Lucien finally learns that, anywhere he is going, expertise counts for not anything compared to funds, intrigue and unscrupulousness. "Lost Illusions" is without doubt one of the maximum novels within the wealthy procession of the Comedie humaine, Balzac's panoramic social and ethical historical past of his instances.
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