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Papa Goriot (Spanish) Edition by Honoré De Balzac (2017, Paperback)
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Interwoven with this theme is that of the impoverished young aristocrat, Rastignac, who came to Paris from the provinces to hopefully make his fortune. He befriends Goriot and becomes involved with the daughters. The story is set against the balxac ‘Pere Goriot’ is the tragic story of a father whose obsessive love for his two daughters leads to his financial and personal ruin.
The story is set against the background of a whole society driven by social ambition and lust for wealth. Paperbackpages. Published December 17th by W. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I really want to try Balzac. Which book should I begin reading first?
Alicia Definitely Pere Goriot. It’s known as the crossroads of all Balzac’s books. Lists with This Book. Set in Paris init follows the intertwined lives of three characters: View all 3 comments.
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Mar 13, K. 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.
His fault is that he loves and cares for his 2 spoiled uncaring ungrateful daughters who get all his riches and in the end don’t even care going to his deathbed. However, that plot seems to be just sec No doubts on my part. However, that plot seems to be just secondary to the story of a young man, Eugene de Rastignac who uses all the opportunities for him to climb the social ladder.
Part of this climb is one of Goriot’s daughters, Delphine. The good thing about Rastignac is that even if he uses other people, he is also a caring and sensitive man.
He and the houseboy, Christophe are the ones who stay by Goriot’s side and finance his burial. Maybe I am already old and a father myself so I felt so sad reading the lamentations of the dying poor Goriot. My heart ached while he says this to Eugene about his daughters refusing to visit him: Do you think they’ll come?
It should be the same feeling when we were kids and we wanted our parents to hold our hands as we walked outside for the first time. As for literary significance, Le Pere Goriot started the use of recurring characters and the story goes that the eureka moment happened when Balzac was writing this and declared that he thought we would be rich because of the idea.
In this novel, the characters of Eugene de Rastignac and Vautrinamong others, appear in his succeeding works. Le Pere Goriot is also said to be the finest of Balzac’s other works and it also started the idea of grouping these works into what he termed as La Comedie Humaine or Human Comedy which was a parody of Dante’s Divine Comedy.
Surprisingly, the writing is easy to understand and definitely not archaic. The parts involving Vautrin particularly the plot to kill the husband of a rich wife that Rastignac can marry at first gave me that feeling that this would be a crime thriller but it was just used to illustrate what Rastignac could be capable of doing to be rich.
In the end, true to the bildungsroman form, when he looks back at Paris, having shed a tear for Old Goriot, he says: Oh dear, my first Balzac and definitely will not be my last. View all 20 comments.
This clear tragedy tells Rastignac, and perhaps France itself, what it takes to succeed in a Capitalist World: As Vautrin explains to Rastignac, it is illusory to think that social success can be achieved through study, talent, and effort — you can never get anywhere worthwhile by slaving your life away earning an honest living out of your education and skills.
All you need is cynicism. Nothing else could have convinced Rastignac. Under such conditions, why work? And why behave morally at all?
Since social inequality was in itself immoral and unjustified, why not be thoroughly immoral and appropriate capital by whatever means are available? Was it that Rastignac should be pitied? Or was he a hope that even a complete cynic once had hope and could have taken a different turn?
Or was it that if only the Goriots could be treated better the Rastignacs might find more motivation to stick it out in honorable professions? Or was it that all pretensions to live a up-and-comer middle-class life is buying into the capitalist illusion?
View all 9 comments. Jan 09, J. Sutton rated it really liked it. Through an analysis of families, marriage and institutions, Balzac presents fully pala characters from diverse backgrounds. When reading this novel, you do feel immersed in the upheaval of French society. That immersion extends to the characters, so many characters–their motivations, social climbing here a major themevirtues and pettiness.
In the end, you I want to scream at Goriot to not give all his money to his daughters. Overall, I found Pere Goriot an exhausting but rewarding experience. Years ago my mum was an English literature professor and my dad a linguist at an university. Ever since I could read beyond the alphabet books I was spoon fed ‘serious classic literature’.
Like most bapzac children, I did not enjoy anything over pages with dense text about poverty and woman’s fashion and instead resorted to large amount Years ago my mum was an English literature professor and my dad a linguist at an university.
Like most normal children, I did not enjoy anything over pages with dense text about poverty and woman’s fashion and instead resorted to large amount of ‘serious classic science fiction’ and Gothic literature instead. As a result, I’ve always carried this fear and ‘Urgh, not another painting on the cover Penguin classic again’ attitude towards well, ‘serious things’. So the other day I came across Pere Goriot and thought, hey, now that I’m over 20, I should maybe grow up and read ‘serious’ things again.
I vaguely recall skimming through my dad’s copy when I was 8, but quickly gave up when the afternoon cartoon came on TV. First of all, this is nothing like those old hardcover dust mite infested books my mum used to keep and still keeps, I suspect.
I remember thinking ‘Wow, this is great. People used to have such interesting lives. It has duels, pa;a, ambitious young man, conspiracy and woman’s fashion now I can actually appreciate it. The characters are fun and even the minor ones are well considered. Now, I must call dad and let him know how much I love Balzac and that one day I may even attempt Proust. Dec 22, Dream. View all 7 comments. Another of the great books written by Balzac with one of his favourite characters, the ambitious Rastignac and the mega-villain Vautrin who would give the Joker a run for his money!
It was also an inspiration to Mario Gorio when he wrote The Godfather. Like Illusions Perdues, it is a bildungsroman where Rastignac rises to power and later as an old man becomes the goriiot of Le Peau de Chagrin.
One of the high points of 19th C French literature, this book is a fascinating Another of the great books written by Balzac with one of his favourite characters, the ambitious Rastignac and the mega-villain Vautrin who would give the Joker a run for his money! One of the high points of 19th C French literature, this book is a fascinating and fun read not to be missed! Last thing, if Mueller was looking at your finances and your family finances, unrelated to Russia — is that a red line?
Would that be a breach of what his actual charge is? I would say yeah. I would say yes. They said I own buildings in Russia. They said I made money from Russia. We’ve got some guys that really, really love golf, and they’re really invested in our programs. We just go there all the time. View all 37 comments. Jun 05, Oapa rated it really liked it. These relics are historical artifacts to be marveled at for prolonged quasi-meditative snatches of time, are essential to readers’ educations.
This is a tragedy, perhaps not as Shakespearean as one would like or ironic–it naturally follows its predestined course the entire timebut it IS ful These relics are historical artifacts bzlzac be marveled at for prolonged quasi-meditative snatches of time, are essential to readers’ educations.
Gorot is a tragedy, perhaps not as Shakespearean as one would like or ironic–it naturally follows its predestined course the entire timebut it IS full of woe-is-meisms and melancholy in the treatment of one human from one class to another. View all 4 comments. My idea is to go off and live like a patriarch in the middle of some big estate, a hundred thousand acres for example, in the United States, in the South.
I want to become a planter out there, own slaves, earn a cool few million from the sale of my cattle, tobacco, and timber, living like a king, doing whatever I want, leading the sort of life you can’t imagine here, where people hide away in burrows made of plaster.