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Balzac, Honore de

Honoré de Balzac (20 May 1799 - 18 August 1850), was a French
novelist. Balzac's work habits are legendarily intimidating - he wrote
for up to 15 hours a day, fuelled by innumerable cups of black coffee.
Because of this extraordinarily large output, many of the novels
display minor imperfections and in some cases outright careless

"I liked the French writer Balzac a lot, read Luck and Leather [aka
The Magic Skin], and Le Cousin Pons. Balzac was pretty funny. His
philosophy is plain and simple, says basically that pure materialism
is a recipe for madness. The only true knowledge for Balzac seems to
be in superstition. Everything is subject to analysis. Horde your
energy. Thatās the secret of life. You can learn a lot from Mr. B.
Itās funny to have him as a companion. He wears a monkās robe and
drinks endless cups of coffee. Too much sleep clogs up his mind. One
of his teeth falls out, and he says, ćWhat does this mean?ä He
questions everything. His clothes catch fire on a candle. He wonders
if fire is a good sign. Balzac is hilarious."

- Chronicles

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