A kind-hearted and idealistic youth enters the grasping Parisian society of the 1820s, where his education in the realities and costs of city life begin among the residents of a shabby but respectable boardinghouse. Acclaimed by Leslie Stephen as "the modern King Lear," it offers a timeless view... show more
A kind-hearted and idealistic youth enters the grasping Parisian society of the 1820s, where his education in the realities and costs of city life begin among the residents of a shabby but respectable boardinghouse. Acclaimed by Leslie Stephen as "the modern King Lear," it offers a timeless view of the tragedies behind the prosaic details of everyday life.
Publish date: September 10th 2004
Publisher: Dover Publications
Pages no: 224
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, Read For School
, Classic Literature
, Literary Fiction
, 19th Century
, French Literature
Series: La Comédie Humaine
I didn’t expect to love “Old man Goriot” as much as I ended up doing so in the end. I was afraid it would be uptight and wordy, like many people tend to say about novels of the 18th and 19th centuries. I worried that I wouldn’t be able to connect with the writing and the characters, to find somethin...
This is the second novel that I have read by Balzac. I appreciate Balzac as a necessary precursor of some of my favorite novelists, particularly Zola. Balzac is very much a proto-Zola, but I have to say that I do not love him in the same way.The novel is like King Lear in that it is all about the ...
Up to perhaps halfway through this novel, I thought this would be the last Balzac I would read (not that I have read many). When I put it down, I knew Balzac would be another author I will own the complete works of. I don't think I could write a complete 'review' of this book without having rad more...
When I began reading "Père Goriot", I wasn't sure I would like it, because for the first dozen pages or so, Balzac let the narrative voice run riot. Granted, the narrative voice has its place in terms of creating for the reader setting, mood, and characters. But once those elements have been establ...
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