Old Man Goriot by Honore de BalzacOld Man Goriot by Honore de Balzac

Old Man Goriot

byHonore de BalzacTranslated byOlivia MccannonIntroduction byGraham Robb

Paperback | March 29, 2011

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Monsieur Goriot is one of a disparate group of lodgers at Mademe Vauquer's dingy Parisian boarding house. At first his wealth inspires respect, but as his circumstances are mysteriously reduced he becomes shunned by those around him, and soon his only remaining visitors are his two beautifully dressed daughters. Goriot's fate is intertwined with two other fellow boarders: the young social climber Eugene Rastignac, who sees a way to gain the acceptance and wealth he craves, and the enigmatic figure of Vautrin, who is hiding darker secrets than anyone. Weaving a compelling and panoramic story of love, money, self-sacrifice, corruption, greed and ambition, Old Man Goriot is Balzac's acknowledged masterpiece. A key novel in his Comédie Humaine series, it is a vividly realized portrait of bourgeois Parisian society in the years following the French Revolution.

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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...
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Title:Old Man GoriotFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 7.6 × 5 × 0.7 inPublished:March 29, 2011Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0140449728

ISBN - 13:9780140449723

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of his best One of Balzac's best works. Though I generally prefer longer works, this novel is amazing in its depiction of humanity. A great choice in general, and a good starter novel for someone getting into Balzac.
Date published: 2006-05-30