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One of renowned French author Honoré de Balzac’s finest works, Le Père Goriot provides a fascinating glimpse into Parisian life during the early nineteenth century. The rich character studies and themes of class, personal ambition, and materialism make this insightful novel as compelling today as when it was first published.

At the shabby boarding house in the rue Neuve-Sainte-Geneviève, petty Madame Vauquer and her tenants wonder at the plight of the aging resident Goriot. Once a well-heeled merchant, Goriot was—at first—afforded special treatment from the Madame. But now something is clearly amiss in his financial affairs, and his increasingly tawdry appearance makes him a subject of ridicule in the household. Some think he lost in the markets, others see him as a lecherous patron of prostitutes, but one thing is clear: his selflessness and complete devotion to his two daughters. As the tragedy of old Goriot is revealed, the shallow values of a society come under scrutiny.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Père Goriot can rightly be regarded as one of the greatest of Balzac’s novels.”

    Henry Reed, poet

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Elizabeth | 5/5/2011

    " I read this as research for my novel, My Phantom: The Memoir of Christine Daaé. Balzac is a wonderful writer and his Pere Goriot helped me a lot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kathy | 4/27/2011

    " I hadn't read any Balzac before, and I did enjoy this novel. I got the sparknotes to read along with it and that helped understand Balzac and his writing more. I started to read Balzac's "Cousin Bette" but got too lazy and rented the mini series (BBC) with Helen Mirren instead. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jurgita | 3/23/2011

    " Jei žmogaus širdis kartais sustoja pailseti kopdama i biciulystes aukštybe, tai retai kada tesustoja leisdamasi staigia neapykantos pakalne.

    Pagal tušciagalviu žmoniu logika- tas, kas nekalba apie savo reikalus, matyt, daro ka nors bloga.


  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Gena | 3/4/2011

    " Not the easiest book I've ever read, but worth the plod. Many truthful tidbits. "

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