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Father Goriot

Honoré de Balzac

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One of Balzac's most popular works, set around 1815 during the re-ascendancy of the Bourbon kings following the defeat of Napoleon. Said to have been an inspiration to Charles Dickens and Henry James as well as others, the novel seeks to portray the realism of scenes and people. It is also a commentary upon the changing social strata and mores of the day.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .as so deeply interested that he forgot that he was not alone till he suddenly heard the Countess' voice.

"Oh! Maxime, were you going away?" she said reproachfully, with a shade of pique in her manner. The Countess had not seen the incident nor the entrance of the tilbury. Rastignac turned abruptly and saw her standing before him, coquettishly dressed in a loose white cashmere gown with knots of rose-colored ribbon here and there; her hair was carelessly coiled about her head, as is the wont of Parisian women in the morning; there was a soft fragrance about her—doubtless she was fresh from a bath;—her graceful form seemed more flexible, her beauty more luxuriant. Her eyes glistened. A young man can see everything at a glance; he feels the radiant influence of woman as a plant discerns and absorbs its nutriment from the air; he did not need to touch her hands to feel their cool freshness. He saw faint rose tints through the cashmere of the dressing go. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I will confess that my obsession with Balzac in my early twenties equalled Père Goriot's unconditional and quite blind love for his daughters!

When I read Père Goriot, quickly followed by Les Illusions Perdues and many other novels in the Comédie Humaine, I lacked the complete cynicism to understand

(Book 920 from 1001 Books) - Le Père Goriot = Father Goriot = Old Goriot = Old Man Goriot, Honoré de Balzac

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 of his novel sequence The Human Comedy.


SCHMIDT: Last thing, if Mueller was looking at your finances and your family finances, unrelated to Russia — is that a red line?

HABERMAN: Would that be a breach of what his actual charge is?

TRUMP: I would say yeah. I would say yes. By the way, I would say, I don’t — I don’t — I mean, it’s possible t

By page 130 I ran out of patience with this thing so I channeled my inner irritable 14 year old and composed the following review:

This Ballsack is a great writer I am told but one problem is that he wrote 4,578 novels, so which one should I read. I saw that Old Goriot has mostly 4 and 5 star reviews

در سمفونی مردگان بود که برایم سوال شد!
چرا آیدین باباگوریو میخواند؟
چرا پدرش کتاب باباگوریو را به آتش کشید؟

(بن جنسون می گفت: ادبیات باز آفرینی دقیق آن چیزی است که به راستی وجود دارند و آن کنش هایی که به راستی رخ داده اند.)

و چه کسی بهتر از نویسندگانی مثل تولستوی،چخوف،بالزاک ، والتر که قلمشان رِالیسم ان

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

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 mai

Nothing is Black and White in the world of Balzac.

Hence his towering stature in the French Literary Pantheon, as evinced in the commemorative statue by the admittedly idolatrous Auguste Rodin. Balzac was a genius. Slightly mad, but very gifted.

You know, I guess each one of us is often pained and sha

Πρόκειται για ένα αριστούργημα της κλασικής λογοτεχνίας.
Εντάσσεται στο πλαίσιο της "Ανθρώπινης κωμωδίας" του συγγραφέα μια ομάδα εκπληκτικών μυθιστορημάτων- αν κρίνω απο αυτό-όπου με απόλυτο και σκληρό ρεαλισμό αλλα και ασύλληπτο συναισθηματικό πλούτο περιγράφει με τροπο άμεσο και μεγαλειώδη χαρακτ

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 nail.

At first, this seems to be just a story of an old man, Pere Goriot and how he ends up in the pupper's grave despite being a rich businessman when he's still strong. H

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