Short Stories, Irish literature, Classics, Modern Fiction, Contemporary Literary Fiction, The Japanese Novel, Post Colonial Asian Fiction, The Legacy of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and quality Historical Novels are Among my Interests

Sunday, October 25, 2015

"Z. Marcus" - A Short Story by Honore de Balzac (first published October 11, 1841 in La Revue Parisienne, a component of La Comedie Humaine)

A Post by Ambrosia Boussweau, European Correspodent of The Reading Life

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"Z. Marcus" refers to one Zepphrin Marcus, a seemingly brilliant young man who tries a number of courses of study and fields of work but can barely manage to support himself.  The main, perhaps the only, enduring interest in this story is the picture it gives of life in a rooming house for law students which is very well done.  The conversations between the students and the depiction of the way the students studied, partied and struggled through their meage incomes to get by was interesting.

Ambrosia Boussweau 

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