Insensitivity Readers

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Holding this book in your hand, sinking back into your armchair, you will say to yourself: perhaps it will amuse me.  And after you have read this story of great misfortunes, you will no doubt dine well, blaming the author for your own insensitivity, accusing him of wild exaggeration and flights of fancy.  But rest assured: this tragedy is not a fiction. All is true.   – Honoré de Balzac, Le Père Goriot

8 Replies to “Insensitivity Readers”

  1. For “wild exaggeration” and “flights of fancy,” you’d want to read Balzac’s own fabliaux, which are as lewd and funny as all get-out. Sorry, the titles escape me. You’ll have to do your own research to find them. One of them is a sort of encyclopedic list of lewd names and names of acts that it’s difficult even to come up with translations for: it leaves you bemused and guessing.


    1. I always love doing my own research. In my mind I am hunting through piles of dusty and esoteric tomes, in reality I am typing stuiff into a search bar. I do love French authors, which has me in mind of a couple who need reviews.


  2. Oh, I’m disappointed, Ste. I thought the photo was your very own book nook.
    It looks so rustic with the bricks and wooden planks for shelves. The only thing missing is a nice warm cup of cocoa and a toasty cheese sarny 😀

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    1. I wish it were my own, I am hoping to have a proper book nook in the near future, especially as i seem to be amassing books again. I would probably swap the cocoa for a glass of red wine though!

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    1. It is strange how coffee can make people sleepy, my mother-in-law drinks it before she goes to bed at night. I tried it once and was awake for way too long.

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