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Pere Goriot/Eugenie Grandet [BOOKS] ⚦ Pere Goriot/Eugenie Grandet ✫ Honoré de Balzac – Buyprobolan50.co.uk This fine example of the French realist novel contrasts the social progress of an impoverished but ambitious aristocrat with the tale of a father, whose obsessive love for his daughters leads to his p This fine example of the French realist novel contrasts the social progress of an impoverished but ambitious aristocrat with the tale of a father, whose obsessive love for his daughters leads to his personal and financial ruin.

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  • 05 September 2017
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About the Author: Honoré de Balzac

Honor de Balzac was a nineteenth century French novelist and playwright His magnum opus was a sequence of almost novels and plays collectively entitled La Com die humaine, which presents a panorama of French life in the years after the fall of Napol on Bonaparte in Due to his keen observation of fine detail and unfiltered representation Pere Goriot/Eugenie PDF/EPUB ² of society, Balzac is regarded as one of the founders of realism in European literature He is renowned for his multi faceted characters even his lesser characters are complex, morally ambiguous and fully human Inanimate objects are imbued with character as well the city of Paris, a backdrop for much of his writing, takes on many human qualities His writing influenced many famous authors, including the novelists Marcel Proust, mile Zola, Charles Dickens, Gustave Flaubert, Henry James and Jack Kerouac, as well as important philosophers such as Friedrich Engels Many of Balzac s works have been made into films, and they continue to inspire other writersAn enthusiastic reader and independent thinker as a child, Balzac had trouble adapting himself to the teaching style of his grammar school His willful nature caused trouble throughout his life, and frustrated his ambitions to succeed in the world of business When he finished school, Balzac was apprenticed as a legal clerk, but he turned his back on law after wearying of its inhumanity and banal routine Before and during his career as a writer, he attempted to be a publisher, printer, businessman, critic, and politician He failed in all of these efforts La Com die Humaine reflects his real life difficulties, and includes scenes from his own experienceBalzac suffered from health problems throughout his life, possibly due to his intense writing schedule His relationship with his family was often strained by financial and personal drama, and he lostthan one friend over critical reviews In , he married Ewelina Ha ska, his longtime paramour he passed away five months later.



10 thoughts on “Pere Goriot/Eugenie Grandet

  1. Sonya Sonya says:

    Reflecting on what was most engaging about this reading experience, i.e what stayed with me, makes me think about this major transitional moment we re in right now historically, culturally, morally The character Eugenie de Rastignac is a young upstart smart, naive, charming, but poor He begins his journey characterized by one central driving trait ambition It s a brilliant novelistic starting point, because there is so much force behind that trait, and because it can head off in any direc Reflecting on what was most engaging about this reading experience, i.e what stayed with me, makes me think about this major transitional moment we re in right now historically, culturally, morally The character Eugenie de Rastignac is a young upstart smart, naive, charming, but poor He begins his journey characterized by one central driving trait ambition It s a brilliant novelistic starting point, because there is so much force behind that trait, and because it can head off in any direction.Describing President Obama the other night, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin used the word ambitious and said, As long as your ambition is attached to good and noble goals, ambition can be a great thing What kept my emotional attention reading Pere Goriot was as we say in The Writing Class the Major Dramatic Question of whether de Rastignac s ambition would drive him to evolve or devolve in character Would he fall into self indulgence, malice, petty ness or would he grow and deepen in compassion, wisdom, truth At every turn, really right up to the end, we are not quite sure how he ll respond to each dramatic event we feel, all throughout the story, the precariousness and impressionability of his potential Who knows, maybe the page turning novel of moral character will soon be back in style

  2. Susan Susan says:

    Have no idea why these books are bundled together for view as I just finished Eugenie Grandet, NOT Pere Goriot Wonderful book about the life of a miser in rural France and that of his wife and daughter The daughter s one opportunity to leave their misanthropic life, and exploreof France and alsoof her own feelings and thoughts, is thwarted when her cousin with whom she is in love leaves her for another women who he mistakenly believes is richer than her The writing about life Have no idea why these books are bundled together for view as I just finished Eugenie Grandet, NOT Pere Goriot Wonderful book about the life of a miser in rural France and that of his wife and daughter The daughter s one opportunity to leave their misanthropic life, and exploreof France and alsoof her own feelings and thoughts, is thwarted when her cousin with whom she is in love leaves her for another women who he mistakenly believes is richer than her The writing about life in very small two France, family relationships, financial dealings all quite interesting to me

  3. Elysa Elysa says:

    Eugenie Grandet is very different from what I thought it would be It had parts that were hilarious, hopeful, tragic, and infuriating I m not sure what the author s goal was, and I m a little glad that I don t know It was an interesting study about how upbringings affects us and the politics of money and family in a country setting.

  4. Kit Kit says:

    I ve got an old Modern Library hardback with both novels in it Alls I can say is, they re both devastating I ve got to get my hands on someBalzac pronto I ve got an old Modern Library hardback with both novels in it Alls I can say is, they re both devastating I ve got to get my hands on someBalzac pronto

  5. Chante Reid Chante Reid says:

    Had to read this for a class, 19th century European Lit which I thought was going to be a drag Nope Amazing.

  6. Spike Gomes Spike Gomes says:

    Balzac is one of those authors that I ve known of for a very long time but haven t yet read any of until now I found this delightfully 1950s modernist cover edition from The Modern Library imprint in a discard pile, a common theme in my reviews In it were two short novels, Pere Goriot and Eugenie Grandet Both of them had a real slapdash pulpy quality to the prose, as if it were churned out in a great hurry, which if you know a bit about Balzac, it essentially was As such it reads fairly Balzac is one of those authors that I ve known of for a very long time but haven t yet read any of until now I found this delightfully 1950s modernist cover edition from The Modern Library imprint in a discard pile, a common theme in my reviews In it were two short novels, Pere Goriot and Eugenie Grandet Both of them had a real slapdash pulpy quality to the prose, as if it were churned out in a great hurry, which if you know a bit about Balzac, it essentially was As such it reads fairly quickly and without much difficulty Interestingly enough, the translator s forward includes some historical slagging on the quality of Balzac s prose by Flaubert that I have to agree with Balzac will always tell rather than show, even when he doesn t really need to He also has a habit of constantly inserting his own authorial voice right in the middle of the action to wax philosophical or pound the soapbox for a bit He tends to over describe things physically We really don t need 10 pages of describing the furnishings of a cheap boarding house or three pages dedicated to how ugly and large the Grandet s sole maidservant is.Despite how clumsy and ham handed Balzac is stylistically, he shows stunning depth of perception in regards to the psychological and emotional complexity of his characters There are protagonists and antagonists, yes, but there is no one who is without personal flaws or redeeming characteristics Moreover relationships and plots end as they do in real life, not with a fairytale Happily Ever After , nor with some sort of melodramatic tragedy, but the often mixed feelings and lack of justice or satisfaction for the characters.Both novels in this book are two sides of the same thematic coin Pere Goriot deals with a father who gives too generously to his spoiled married daughters, leading to his impoverishment and death, as well as the death of innocence for the main character Rastignac whose idealism is slowly transmuted to cynicism Eugenie Grandet deals with a provincial cooper who through cagey business dealings and thrift has built up a massive fortune, but utterly destroys the health of his wife and the happiness of his daughter through his ceaseless miserliness There s a real interesting contrast between the two novels Very different, but essentially visiting the same ground about the corruption wealth and its pursuit can wreck on people Too bad Balzac has to go and out and out say it himself from time to time.One can really see the amazing influence Balzac had on the French novelists that followed him One could perhaps think of him as the Dickens AND Austen of French Lit All else was a development on the ground he blazed, with farstylistically adept writers like Flaubert, Zola and Proust drawing deep from the well he dug with his ambitious and incomplete project to write several hundred linked novels and plays as The Human Comedy He s literally the most important and skilled hack writer in Western Literature Four out of Five stars

  7. Axel Ainglish Axel Ainglish says:

    Masterworks of Balzac and with Lost Illusions, his best in my modest opinion For read Les Chouans too and inspite of being entertaining, it wasn t as good as these three ones The Chouans was a bitas an adventures novel Father Goriot is an unforgettable story of a greedy man and his daughter, who cares for him Easy readings and not very long novels this two ones They advance skillfully and are quite dramatic Balzac is known for being an author who wrote mainly about money And that s Masterworks of Balzac and with Lost Illusions, his best in my modest opinion For read Les Chouans too and inspite of being entertaining, it wasn t as good as these three ones The Chouans was a bitas an adventures novel Father Goriot is an unforgettable story of a greedy man and his daughter, who cares for him Easy readings and not very long novels this two ones They advance skillfully and are quite dramatic Balzac is known for being an author who wrote mainly about money And that s what Father Goriot and Eug nie Grandet goes about In the case of Eug nie Grandet it is also or mainly, about her despot father But about hidden love, as well It shows also masterfully, the deeply unfair condition of women at those times These books are awful pictures to look at with our nowadays minds In fact, Balzac works, as the Flaubert Madame Bovary, or Stendhal with Red and Black, acted as strong denounces against the society of those days And became big successes Women were forced or left to remain caring their father or mother if they didn t find a lover of the father likings So much their lifes were spoiled And so on This is Excellent Literature, with capital letters Balzac achieved great results in describing realistically his society In its habits and its defects, he portrays his French world as few ones As Flaubert and Stendhal, and then Zola afterwards The four of them were unavoidable readings for we, French am half French But are also great Classics for the whole world Balzac was already quite blunt in his literary plots and characters, foretelling so, what was going to come with Zola These are must reads

  8. Linda Steiger Linda Steiger says:

    This review concerns just the first of the two novels published together in one volume Perhaps one day I ll pick it up again and read Eugenie I was propelled to read this not so much by its reputation as a great piece of French nineteenth century realism which it is but by my mother s frequent references to it Usually the reference was to some poor soul who ended up like Old Goriot, the victim of his children I wanted to see what that was about Frankly, now that I ve read it, I think my This review concerns just the first of the two novels published together in one volume Perhaps one day I ll pick it up again and read Eugenie I was propelled to read this not so much by its reputation as a great piece of French nineteenth century realism which it is but by my mother s frequent references to it Usually the reference was to some poor soul who ended up like Old Goriot, the victim of his children I wanted to see what that was about Frankly, now that I ve read it, I think my mom was a bit off Goriot wasn t so much the victim of his children as the victim of his own affections and folly Lear, though without the tragic effects Ungrateful daughters play in both cases, but they are not so much to blame as Pere Goriot himself Goriot s daughters by the way are nowhere near the monsters that Lear s two offspring are, and there isn t a Cordelia anywhere with her annoying stubbornness Goriot s story is set in the somewhat tatty boarding house of Madame Vanquer in Montmartre Paris , with a chorus of regulars who follow and comment on activities of Goriot and Rastignac, the young law student through whose eyes much of the narrative is written Be careful what you wish for be it money, love of a beautiful woman, etc as you might just get it, seems to be one theme, as is be careful about making assumptions that one drives the plot through the first third of the story at least along with Balzac s obvious cynical attitude towards upper crust Parisian life It s a bit slow at the start, but picks up, and there are no chapters so you can pause wherever you wish There are many quite good bits, some wise bits, and in the end it s a pretty satisfying read as we follow this nineteenth century story about how a young man of good conscience responds when everything goes amazingly his way

  9. Gena Lott Gena Lott says:

    One of the first French classics I read I enjoyed the snippets of wisdom which the main character, Pere Goriot, spouted on occasion.

  10. Benedict Benedict says:

    I became furious at Pere Goriot for being such a chump I don t see the value of this book.

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