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Just buy it!
on 4 May 2013
This is so ludicrously cheap for such a large collection of novels that if you read French and have any interest whatsoever in Balzac you should just get it. I was prompted to put up a review because I have just received an updated Kindle version with the typos corrected. As with many Kindle titles there were significant numbers of typos; they are always irritating but seem to be par for the course and I have just learned to ignore them. I don't know how comprehensive the proofreading has been yet but I am encouraged that they have done it at all.
For anyone who is learning French and is wondering whether nineteenth century novels might be too hard I would suggest you give it a go. In many ways I find classic French novels, including those by Zola, Hugo etc. easier to read than contemporary fiction as the grammar is very correct and you don't get the idiom and modern cultural references that many English speakers find difficult. In any case Balzac is a wonderful writer, less given to enormous diversions from the plot than Hugo, and less depressing than Zola. Start off with something like Eugenie Grandet. Give it a try.