Sarrasine


Read by Chip

(4.5 stars; 14 reviews)

Published by Honoré de Balzac in the tempestuous year of 1830, the tale follows the undulating pathways of Sarrasine the sculptor’s shocking journey to his coming of age. As one of the “fathers of realism” Balzac painted with his words a vivid portrait of life in the swirling salons of Europe at the end of the Bourbon monarchy, and we follow Sarrasine from France to Italy in search of both his métier and his muse. However it is also the story of La Zambinella, an Italian singer with whom Sarrasine falls madly and passionately in love. But that passion holds a secret which Sarrasine spies too late. (Summary by Chip)

(1 hr 39 min)

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Sarrasine 1:39:03 Read by Chip

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Bit boring.

(2 stars)

Some of this was descriptive but it only focuses on the protagonist and his somewhat old fashioned views of women. I wish librivox would do some more modern books. the reader was OK, he tried to be expressive but not as much as I would have liked. Like quite a few books on here it is a bit old fashioned.

Great read, great recording

(5 stars)

I found the story fascinating. I thought the male American reader gave a very effective reading, expressive but understated.