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Le Père Goriot

Money hungry Attracted to one of Goriot’s daughters Rastignac succumbs to the fever of social climbing The resulting tale is a commentary on wealth and human desire that still rings true in the twenty first century  Translated and with an Afterword by Henry Reed and with an Introduction by Peter Brooks SCHMIDT Last thing if Mueller was looking at your finances and your family finances unrelated to Russia is that a red lineHABERMAN Would that be a breach of what his actual charge isTRUMP I would say yeah I would say yes By the way I would say I don t I don t I mean it s possible there s a condo or something so you know I sell a lot of condo units and somebody from Russia buys a condo who knows I don t make money from Russia In fact I put out a letter saying that I don t make from one of the most highly respected law firms accounting firms I don t have buildings in Russia They said I own buildings in Russia I don t They said I made money from Russia I don t It s not my thing I don t I don t do that Over the years I ve looked at maybe doing a deal in Russia but I never did one Interview with Donald Trump 2017We have all the funding we need out of 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 Interview with Eric Trump 2014Le secret des grandes fortunes sans cause apparente est un crime oubli parce u il a t proprement fait Honor de Balzac Le p re Goriot 1835

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“ Père Goriot can rightly be regarded as one of the greatest of Balzac’s novels” writes Henry Reed of this masterful study of a father who sacrifices everything for his daughters This novel marked the true beginning of Balzac’s towering project La Comé die Humaine his series of novels and short Our heart is a treasury if you spend all its wealth at once you are ruined We find it as difficult to forgive a person for displaying his feelings in all its nakedness as we do to forgive a man for being penniless Old Goriot is the first book I have read by Balzac and it took me completely by surprise I must confess that the irony of the series title La Com die humaine The Human Comedy was initially lost on me and I had no idea I was about to open one of the most depressing books I have ever readStar ratings always feel woefully inadeuate Did I like this book Did I enjoy it Not in the slightest It made me miserable and anxious The detailed descriptions of places and people are dreary or else grotesue This story of an ageing man who is losing everything growing older and poorer and ridiculed by those around him all as a result of his own selflessness well it s painful to read It is a story which feels just so terribly unfairThat s what it is It s not fair I felt a bit like a foot stomping wailing toddler reading this book because everything seemed so very unfair And yet I guess I must in some way like wallowing in this misery because I could not stop reading in wide eyed horror Enjoyable it may not be but compelling it definitely wasBalzac begins with a richly detailed description of Madame Vauer s dismal boarding house Into this wander our characters A couple of older men and women a young woman cut off from her father s fortune a criminal in hiding Eug ne de Rastignac a young and ambitious student and Monsieur Goriot who is known by the mocking name of Old Goriot This latter is regarded with ridicule by his fellow boarders as someone who has blown his money on mistresses and other frivolities Eug ne de Rastignac s social ambitions lead him to uncover the truth about Old Goriot a truth which he uses to his own advantage Balzac was writing about a very interesting time in French society offering not so subtle criticisms of the ruthless social ambitions people held Madame de Beauseant tells us The cold blooded your calculations the further you will go Strike ruthlessly you will be feared Men and women for you must be nothing than post horses take a fresh relay and leave the last to drop by the roadside in this way you will reach the goal of your ambition Old Goriot is a victim of this emerging culture blinded by an unconditional love for those too concerned with social climbing to give him the time of day It is a bleak picture that the author paints one where money social status fancy clothes and upper class balls have become far important than love and kindness Expect misery from start to finish and one instance of particularly revolting racism I m making it sound wonderful aren t I I guess it all depends whether you read to feel good or read to have your heart ripped outBlog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube

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Stories depicting “the whole pell mell of civilization” In Père Goriot the great novelist probes the “bourgeois tragedy” of money and power from two different directions While Goriot is willingly reduced to poverty to support his ambitious daughters an impoverished young man of integrity becomes 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 nailAt 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 secondary to the story of a young man Eugene de Rastignac who uses all the opportunities for him to climb the social ladder That makes this novel partly a bildungsroman and should have inspired James Joyce to write A Portrait of a Young Man as an Artist 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 God if I could only hold their hands in mine I would not feel any pain at all Do you think they ll come I have read stories where a dying person asked somebody usually a loved one to hold his hand while he breathed his last because he was afraid 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 We were afraid 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 Vautrin among 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 The Human Comedy is composed of 90 works by Balzac and they depict the slices of Parisian lives during Balzac s time 1799 1850Surprisingly 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 Now it s between you and me and we know that he has just transformed to a better manOh dear my first Balzac and definitely will not be my last My only problem is that he has 90 like this in his Le Comedie Humaine and how I could finish all those before I die Considering that I still have 800 1001 books to read I need to live up to 100 to finish everything

  • Paperback
  • 294
  • Le Père Goriot
  • Honoré de Balzac
  • English
  • 01 August 2019
  • 9780451529596

About the Author: Honoré de Balzac

Honoré de Balzac was a nineteenth century French novelist and playwright His magnum opus was a seuence of almost 100 novels and plays collectively entitled La Comédie humaine which presents a panorama of French life in the years after the fall of Napoléon Bonaparte in 1815Due to his keen observation of fine detail and unfiltered representation of society Balzac is regarded as one of the found



10 thoughts on “Le Père Goriot

  1. says:

    Our heart is a treasury; if you spend all its wealth at once you are ruined We find it as difficult to forgive a person for displaying his feelings in all its nakedness as we do to forgive a man for being pennile

  2. says:

    920 Le Père Goriot Father Goriot Old Goriot Old Man Goriot Honoré de BalzacLe Père Goriot Old Goriot or Father Goriot

  3. says:

    By page 130 I ran out of patience with this thing so I channeled my inner irritable 14 year old and composed the following reviewThis Ballsack is a great writer I am told but one problem is that he wrote 4578 novels so which one should I read I saw that Old Goriot has mostly 4 and 5 star reviews so it looked like a good choice but I was so so wrong For the first 70 pages Ballsack describes buildings and charac

  4. says:

    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 nailAt first this seems to be just a story of an old man Pere Goriot and how he ends up in the pu

  5. says:

    These relics are historical artifacts to be marveled at for prolonged semi meditative snatches of time are essential to readers' educations I found much of value in this my first novel by Balzac mostly in how sad sociological circumstances can be how nothing much changes when money is the main ingredient in how a person's life shall beThis is a tragedy perhaps not as Shakespearean as one would like or ironic it naturally follows i

  6. says:

    The Importance of Being CynicalRastignac’s education is the theme of the novel — provided at the expense of Père Goriot who built up a fortune from nothing married his daughters into wealth and was duly ignored and left to die a lonely death This clear tragedy tells Rastignac and perhaps France itself what it takes to succeed in a Capitalist World ruthlessness and a complete apathy to moral sentiments As Vautrin explains to Rastignac

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    I will confess that my obsession with Balzac in my early twenties eualled Père Goriot's unconditional and uite blind love for his daughtersWhen I read Père Goriot uickly followed by Les Illusions Perdues and many other novels in the Comédie Humaine I lacked the complete cynicism to understand a Rastignac or Vautrin and the mech

  8. says:

    Pere Goriot 1835 Honore de Balzac's novel centered on French society after the defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo and subseuent restoration of the Bourbons is impressivelyexhaustively detailed Through an analysis of families marriage and institutions Balzac presents fully realized 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

  9. says:

    SCHMIDT Last thing if Mueller was looking at your finances and your family finances unrelated to Russia — is that a red lineHABERMAN Would that be a breach of what his actual charge isTRUMP I would say yeah I would say yes By the way I would say I don’t — I don’t — I mean it’s possible there’s a condo or something s

  10. says:

    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' Mum had a particular passion for all things French and I read things like The Red and the Black and Madame Bovary before Harry Potter was

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