The Firm of Nucingen - Honoré de Balzac

The Firm of Nucingen

By Honoré de Balzac

  • Release Date: 1850-01-01
  • Genre: Nouvelles


The entire story is told as a conversation between four "cormorants" (the metaphor is Balzac's) who sit and drink in a private room while their talk is overheard through the paper-thin partition and reported to us by Balzac himself (or a fictional representative of the writer). The book is told in the style of an oral narrator who never seems to quite get around to the point of the story - and indeed the various digressions are what enable such a wide range of characters to feature.