P�ere Goriot

P�ere Goriot

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" P#65533;re 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 Com #65533; die Humaine , his series of novels and short stories depicting "the whole pell-mell of civilization." In P#65533;re 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 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
Publisher: New York : Signet Classics, c2004.
ISBN: 9780451529596
Branch Call Number: FICTION Balzac Honore 2004
Characteristics: xvii, 297 p. ;,18 cm.
Additional Contributors: Reed, Henry 1914-1986.
Alternative Title: P�ere Goriot.


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Set in 1819 in Paris, this classic examines human nature and society in Restoration France through the lives of three main characters: old "Father" Goriot, the criminal Vautrin and the law student Eugène de Rastignac.

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Jun 18, 2015

Started out interesting but due to time I didn't get to finish it. I will try to take it out up the road and enjoy it to the finish. He is such a noted writer and am honored to read one of his works.


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