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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (13,761 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Honore de Balzac Narrator: Walter Covell Publisher: Jimcin Recordings Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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One of the greatest of French novelists, Balzac, trained as a lawyer, was a great judge of human nature. In 1833 he conceived the idea of linking together his novels so that they would comprehend the whole society in a series of books. This plan eventually led to 90 novels and novellas (including more than 2,000 characters) that he called The Human Comedy. Balzac's huge and ambitious plan drew a picture of the customs, atmosphere, and habits of bourgeois France. Among the novels of The Human Comedy is Le Pere Goriot, considered by many to be his highest achievement. Balzac's many masteries all find their fullest expression here.

The novel was written when Balzac's genius was at its height and when the his physical powers were not as yet impaired by his enormous labor and reckless disregard for his health. The history of Goriot and his daughters, the fortunes of Eugene, and the mysterious work of Vautrin, not only receive due and unperplexed development, but work upon each other with correspondence and interdependence that forms the rarest gift of the novelist. Nowhere else is Balzac's charm presented in a more pervading and satisfactory manner than in this novel.

This text was translated by Ellen Marriage.

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by hirtho | 2/15/2014

    " Hated it. Shouldn't be called Old Goirot, it should be called Boring Eugene. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Stewart | 2/9/2014

    " This is a grand novel from the old school, pre-Hemingway: long passages of description, speeches that go on for a page, the seeking of fortunes by marrying rich men or women, dowries, and deathbed scenes. But I enjoyed this 1834 novel by Honore de Balzac, the first book I had read of this French author. The novel painstakingly depicts life in Paris after the fall of Napoleon and the Bourbon restoration, the class divisions, the poverty of most of the residents, and the status-seeking of the rich. There are no total heroes or villains in this novel; everyone gets morally soiled. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Violetta | 2/7/2014

    " I had misapprehensions about reading this novel. A fleeting knowledge of Balzac's works and style was all I came armed with. An aging man, dubbed Old Goriot by his fellow lodgers, who receives sporadic company from some mysterious young beauties and is held in contempt for it, though he professes that they are his daughters, is the central figure around which this Comedie humaine revolves. The main protagonist, Eugene Rastignac, befriends the old man, at first with a selfish eye, aiming to use Goriot's daughter's standing in society as his own stepping board to popularity and wealth. Eugene's heart is pure however, and he cannot keep up the pretense, and soon loses himself to his feelings. Despite his newly formed altruistic purposes, young Rastignac cannot help but become embroiled in the dramas and tragedies that "high society" creates for itself with such regularity. Balzac uses Rastignac's naivete to paint a very vivid portrait of the difference a little knowledge makes in our perceptions. On a side note, I was almost entirely put off the book by the first 27 pages. This is not due to anything of Balzac's inking, but rather by the over-long introduction. Interesting as it would have been to read as a critical essay, the introduction was poorly placed as an introduction, in my opinion. Still, once I was through that, and had consciously forgotten it, I was capable of appreciating the actual story, then reflecting on it later with the introduction's points in mind. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Zoey | 1/31/2014

    " Very depressing story. If you like to read depressing things you might like this book, but for me it was a chore to read. "

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