Old Goriot - (1835)

Old Goriot - (1835)

by Honore de Balzac


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Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. Pomona Press are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

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ISBN-13: 9781406791570
Publisher: Pomona Press
Publication date: 01/28/2006
Pages: 252
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.57(d)

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Old Goriot 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
DRFP on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My first Balzac novel and I have to say he's far better than Flaubert at that this stage (having read Madame Bovary and Three Tales). Balzac may be extremely descriptive but he infuses everyone and everything with real heart - something I felt sorely lacking from Flaubert, who seems so mechanical in his prose. Perhaps Balzac goes a little too far here - the melodrama is a somewhat overdone - but I found this an invigorating novel with some of Stendhal's sly, satirical humour.Maupassant would go on to do a lot better but this is still decent stuff.
klarusu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was my first foray into Balzac and it certainly won't be my last. It is, in a way, less a story of old Goriot himself (an old man, almost destitute, living in a run-down boarding house on the seedier side of Paris, visited occasionally by two beautiful young women who he claims are his daughters) as it is of Eugene Rastignac, the young student who shares the boarding house with Goriot and a host of richly drawn supporting characters. Balzac creates a masterful description, evocative and vibrant, bringing the high society and low underbelly of Paris alive for the reader. He is ascerbic and satirical in his portrayal of life at both ends of the social scale and makes astute observations about the human condition in general through his well-realised cast of characters and the moral dilemmas they face. Often this is executed with sharp humour, relevant in its application to certain elements of modern-day human interaction. It is an easy read and the style is both contemporary and accessible to the modern-day reader despite the age of the work. It is a great book, a portrait of human failings, of self-interest, of consuming passions and of the cynicism of romantic attachments. I would highly recommend it.
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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.