Old Goriot

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A new account of the novel's composition, structure and achievement provides readers with detailed literary and historical background and an explanation of how Balzac challenged prevailing expectations of the novel.
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Overview

A new account of the novel's composition, structure and achievement provides readers with detailed literary and historical background and an explanation of how Balzac challenged prevailing expectations of the novel.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140440171
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/1951
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 435,448
  • Product dimensions: 5.34 (w) x 7.84 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

The son of a civil servant, Honoré de Balzac was born in 1799 in Tours, France. After attending boarding school in Vendôme, he gravitated to Paris where he worked as a legal clerk and a hack writer, using various pseudonyms, often in collaboration with other writers. Balzac turned exclusively to fiction at the age of thirty and went on to write a large number of novels and short stories set amid turbulent nineteenth-century France. He entitled his collective works The Human Comedy. Along with Victor Hugo and Dumas père and fils, Balzac was one of the pillars of French romantic literature. He died in 1850, shortly after his marriage to the Polish countess Evelina Hanska, his lover of eighteen years.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2001

    Old Goriot

    I read this book for an application project on the five themes of geography. It was somewhat hard to follow and only vaguely related to the five themes. I liked much of Balzac's writing style, although I sometimes got lost in long descriptions and explanations. Balzac seems to want you to feel sympathy for one of the characters, Old Goriot. I felt that some of the characters were overly dramatic. Although Old Goriot was somewhat hard to follow, the overall story was interesting to me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2000

    Great Literary Work

    Father Goriot by Honore de Balzac is one of the works of La Comedie Humaine. The plot of the story is rather complicated, but as the novel approaches the end, everything starts falling into its proper place. Both wealthy and poor classes are analyzed in the novel through the actions and interests of individuals. Vice characterizes the nature of Parisian society; for this reason, vice opposes and also prevails over virtue. Of course, in order to create the drama of the novel, vice is used to represent a large section of the people living in Paris at the time. The novel illustrates a large segment of the human condition during the first half of the nineteenth century. Furthermore, the powerful evil over good theme of the novel is rather devastating.

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