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Money hungry Attracted to one of Goriot’s daughters Rastignac succumbs to the fever of social climbing The resulting tale is a commentary on wealth and human desire that still rings true in the twenty first century  Translated and with an Afterword by Henry Reed and with an Introduction by Peter Brooks. Pere Goriot 1835 Honore de Balzac s novel centered on French society after the defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo and subseuent restoration of the Bourbons is impressivelyexhaustively detailed Through an analysis of families marriage and institutions Balzac presents fully realized characters from diverse backgrounds When reading this novel you do feel immersed in the upheaval of French society That immersion extends to the characters so many characters their motivations social climbing here a major theme virtues and pettiness In the end you I want to scream at Goriot to not give all his money to his daughters Ah wasted breath Overall I found Pere Goriot an exhausting but rewarding experience

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“ Père Goriot can rightly be regarded as one of the greatest of Balzac’s novels” writes Henry Reed of this masterful study of a father who sacrifices everything for his daughters This novel marked the true beginning of Balzac’s towering project La Comé die Humaine his series of novels and short. Our heart is a treasury if you spend all its wealth at once you are ruined We find it as difficult to forgive a person for displaying his feelings in all its nakedness as we do to forgive a man for being penniless Old Goriot is the first book I have read by Balzac and it took me completely by surprise I must confess that the irony of the series title La Com die humaine The Human Comedy was initially lost on me and I had no idea I was about to open one of the most depressing books I have ever readStar ratings always feel woefully inadeuate Did I like this book Did I enjoy it Not in the slightest It made me miserable and anxious The detailed descriptions of places and people are dreary or else grotesue This story of an ageing man who is losing everything growing older and poorer and ridiculed by those around him all as a result of his own selflessness well it s painful to read It is a story which feels just so terribly unfairThat s what it is It s not fair I felt a bit like a foot stomping wailing toddler reading this book because everything seemed so very unfair And yet I guess I must in some way like wallowing in this misery because I could not stop reading in wide eyed horror Enjoyable it may not be but compelling it definitely wasBalzac begins with a richly detailed description of Madame Vauer s dismal boarding house Into this wander our characters A couple of older men and women a young woman cut off from her father s fortune a criminal in hiding Eug ne de Rastignac a young and ambitious student and Monsieur Goriot who is known by the mocking name of Old Goriot This latter is regarded with ridicule by his fellow boarders as someone who has blown his money on mistresses and other frivolities Eug ne de Rastignac s social ambitions lead him to uncover the truth about Old Goriot a truth which he uses to his own advantage Balzac was writing about a very interesting time in French society offering not so subtle criticisms of the ruthless social ambitions people held Madame de Beauseant tells us The cold blooded your calculations the further you will go Strike ruthlessly you will be feared Men and women for you must be nothing than post horses take a fresh relay and leave the last to drop by the roadside in this way you will reach the goal of your ambition Old Goriot is a victim of this emerging culture blinded by an unconditional love for those too concerned with social climbing to give him the time of day It is a bleak picture that the author paints one where money social status fancy clothes and upper class balls have become far important than love and kindness Expect misery from start to finish and one instance of particularly revolting racism I m making it sound wonderful aren t I I guess it all depends whether you read to feel good or read to have your heart ripped outBlog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube

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Stories depicting “the whole pell mell of civilization” In Père Goriot the great novelist probes the “bourgeois tragedy” of money and power from two different directions While Goriot is willingly reduced to poverty to support his ambitious daughters an impoverished young man of integrity becomes. These relics are historical artifacts to be marveled at for prolonged semi meditative snatches of time are essential to readers educations I found much of value in this my first novel by Balzac mostly in how sad sociological circumstances can be how nothing much changes when money is the main ingredient in how a person s life shall beThis is a tragedy perhaps not as Shakespearean as one would like or ironic it naturally follows its predestined course the entire time but it IS full of woe is meisms melancholy in the treatment of one human from one class to another the surplus description that s a signature of Balzac is no detractor in being so faithful with his worlds and rooms of wondrous decrepitude it paints a world no longer alive though themes are eternal as well as a type of novel no longer being written


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  1. says:

    Our heart is a treasury; if you spend all its wealth at once you are ruined We find it as difficult to forgive a person for displaying his feelings in all its nakedness as we do to forgive a man for being penniless Old Goriot is the first book I have read by Balzac and it took me completely by surprise I must confess that the irony of the series title La Comédie humaine The Human Comedy was initially lost on me and I had no ide

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    920 Le Père Goriot Father Goriot Old Goriot Old Man Goriot Honoré de BalzacLe Père Goriot Old Goriot or Father Goriot is an 1835 novel by French novelist and playwright Honoré de Balzac 1799–1850 included in the Scenes of privacy section

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    By page 130 I ran out of patience with this thing so I channeled my inner irritable 14 year old and composed the following reviewThis Ballsack is a great writer I am told but one problem is that he wrote 4578 novels so which one should I read I saw that Old Goriot has mostly 4 and 5 star reviews so it looked like a good choice but I was so s

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    No doubts on my part This novel deserves a 5 star rating Challenge my rating if you want and I know I can defend it tooth and nailAt f

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    These relics are historical artifacts to be marveled at for prolonged semi meditative snatches of time are essential to readers' educations I found much of value in this my first novel by Balzac mostly in how sad sociological circumstances can be how nothing much changes when money is the main ingredient in how a person's life sha

  6. says:

    The Importance of Being CynicalRastignac’s education is the theme of the novel — provided at the expense of Père Goriot who built up a fortune from nothing married his daughters into wealth and was duly ignored and left to die

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    I will confess that my obsession with Balzac in my early twenties eualled Père Goriot's unconditional and uite blind love for his daughtersWhen I read Père Goriot uickly followed by Les Illusions Perdues and many other novels in the Comédie Humaine I lacked the complete cynicism to understand a Rastignac or Vautrin and the mechan

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    Pere Goriot 1835 Honore de Balzac's novel centered on French society after the defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo and subseuent restoration of the

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    Years ago my mum was an English literature professor and my dad a linguist at an university Ever since I could read beyond the alphabet books