A post by Ambrosia Boussweu, European Correspodent of The Reading Life
Mel u and I have been more or less reading the works in Honore de Balzac's Comedie Humaine in accord with the author's organization of the work segments based on what aspects of French life they deal with. I think if we were starting again we would read them in publication order.
The information I found indicates that Thd Lesser Bourgeois was uncompleted at the death of Balzac. His friend,Charles Robou, a well know novelist at the time, finished the work. I do not know how much Balzac completed and how much of the novella is the work of Robou.
The story focuses on the changing residences of an old house. Other than for those reading through the Comedie Humaine most will prefer to spend their time reading something else.