Mel u has asked me to take over The Reading Life for at least the rest of the year. He gave me full control to post to on whatever I wanted but he did ask me read An Old Maid by Honore de Balzac and tell you what I thought about it.
I found An Old Maid over all boring, rambling and disorganized and it was all I could do to push through to the end. The narrator seems to feel a woman who never marries is sure to turn into a miderable tyaranical shrew dedicated to making everyone's lives miserable. Like a typical Balzac novel there are concerns over money and some good food scenes and I concede the description of the interiors were well done.