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Old Goriot
     

Old Goriot

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by Honore de Balzac
 

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Old Goriot is a lodger at Madame Vauquer's Parisian boardinghouse. At first, his wealth inspires respect, but as it slips away, he is gradually shunned by the others. He becomes more and more isolated, and soon his only remaining visitors are two beautiful young women. The mystery as to who they are and what is happening to Goriot's fortune involves several other

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Old Goriot is a lodger at Madame Vauquer's Parisian boardinghouse. At first, his wealth inspires respect, but as it slips away, he is gradually shunned by the others. He becomes more and more isolated, and soon his only remaining visitors are two beautiful young women. The mystery as to who they are and what is happening to Goriot's fortune involves several other boarders, including an ambitious youth who hopes to rise in society. With its complicities and alliances, mysteries and betrayals, passions and ambitions, the house becomes a microcosm of the grasping Parisian society of the 1820s.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441784612
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
04/01/2013
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 5.70(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

HONORÉ DE BALZAC (1799–1850), was born at Tours, educated at the Collège de Vendôme, and studied law at the Sorbonne. His father wished him to become a notary, but he left Tours in 1819 to seek his fortune as an author in Paris. He wrote eighty-five novels in twenty years, but his life was one of frequent privation. In 1850, he married Madame Hanska, a rich Polish lady with whom he had corresponded for more than fifteen years but only just met in person. Three months later, Balzac died at Paris.

FREDERICK DAVIDSON (1932–2005) was born in London and trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He performed in BBC radio plays before coming to America in 1976. The narrator of more than eight hundred audiobooks, he garnered numerous Earphones Awards and a Grammy nomination for his readings. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine in 1997.

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Old Goriot 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.