Pere Goriot

Paperback | February 26, 2009

byHonore de BalzacTranslated byA. J. Krailsheimer

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This is the tragic story of a father whose obsessive love for his two daughters leads to his financial and personal ruin. It is set against the background of a whole society driven by social ambition and lust for money. The detailed descriptions of both affluence and squalor in the Paris of1819 are an integral part of the drama played out by a wide range of characters, including the sinister but fascinating Vautrin. Unquestionably one of Balzac's finest novels, Pere Goriot still has the power to move the modern reader.

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This is the tragic story of a father whose obsessive love for his two daughters leads to his financial and personal ruin. It is set against the background of a whole society driven by social ambition and lust for money. The detailed descriptions of both affluence and squalor in the Paris of1819 are an integral part of the drama played ...

Translated by A. J. Krailsheimer, Emeritus Student and former Tutor in French at Christ Church, Oxford

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.59 inPublished:February 26, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199538751

ISBN - 13:9780199538751

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IntroductionNote on the TextSelect BibliographyA Chronology of Honore de BalzacPere Goriot1. A Family Boarding House2. Entry on the Social Scene3. Death-Dodger4. The Father's DeathMap of Paris at the RestorationExplanatory Notes