Audiobook: The Girl with the Golden Eyes
The Girl with the Golden Eyes
1 - 01 - Preamble: Paris
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- Download 02 - 'Upon one of those fine spring mornings...' audio
- Download 03 - 'The young man who called himself...' audio
- Download 04 - 'De Marsay was not impulsive...' audio
- Download 05 - 'When, after making an excellent meal...' audio
- Download 06 - 'At the hour mentioned Henri was...' audio
- Download 07 - 'For the next and succeeding day Henri disappeared...' audio
- Download 08 - 'If it be impossible to paint the unheard-of delights...' audio
- Download 09 - 'At breakfast, by the time he had started...' audio
- Download 10 - 'Paquita seemed to have been created for love...' audio
- Download 11 - 'De Marsay was driven to the house...' audio
"Give me a feast such as men give when they love," she said, "and whilst I sleep, slay me..."
Listeners who like to plunge straight into a story would do well to skip the lengthy preamble. Here, Balzac the virtuoso satirist depicts the levels of Parisian society as a version of the Inferno of Dante - but perhaps keeps the reader waiting too long for the first act of his operatic extravaganza.
Our beautiful, androgynous hero, Henri de Marsay, is one of the bastard offspring of a depraved Regency milord and himself practises the cynical arts of the libertine. His quarry is the exotic Paquita Valdes, she of the golden eyes.
But there is a mysterious third person in this liaison...
The shocking truth of their interrelationships marks this out at once as one of those French novels that Lady Bracknell would instantly ban from the house.
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