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Eugenie Grandet (La Comédie humaine)

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The love of money and a passionate pursuit of it are seen as a driving force in post-Revolutionary France, and are studied in detail in the character of Grandet.
Paperback, 166 pages
Published July 31st 2000 by Powells Books Wholesale Remain (first published 1833)
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Chrissie
Well, this book was kind of hard for me. I guess I liked it, but I would have certainly appreciated it more if I hadn't read others of Balzac's Comédie Humaine. I definitely liked Père Goriot, followed by Cousin Bette. Balzac belongs to the school of European Realism. He excellently draws French life of the first half of the 1800s. In detail. Every room and every face and every everything is described. Nothing wrong with that, but third time around I didn't get anything new.

It was while writing
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Sheyda
Mar 14, 2012 Sheyda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having never read Balzac, I had no sense of how human and intimate this story would be. The delicacy of Balzac's descriptions of his heroine--the way in which he tries to capture, without judgment, her emotional universe--was really quite surprising and affecting. To be able to document the first blush of love felt by a provincial, perhaps rather small-minded, young woman with sensitivity and care is no simple task. This felt far more complex and thoughtful a treatment of that subject than anyth ...more
Duane
If you are to believe Balzac and Zola, how depressing life must have been in 19th century France. This book is titled for Eugenie, the daughter of the Grandet family, but it should have been titled "Grandet the Miser", because this was really his story, the story of Eugenie's father Felix. He was a miser that even surpasses Dickens Scrooge in his miserliness. You're thinking I didn't like this novel, but I did. Like Zola, Balzac establishes his characters so vividly you can't help but become int ...more
Celeste Corrêa
EUGÉNIA GRANDET (1833) de Honoré de Balzac ( 1799-1850)

“Os avarentos não crêem numa vida futura, o presente é tudo para eles. Essa reflexão lança uma luz horrível sobre a época actual onde, mais que em qualquer outro tempo, o dinheiro domina as leis, a política e os costumes. Instituições, livros, homens e doutrinas, tudo conspira para minar a crença numa vida futura, na qual se alicerça o edifício social há mil e oitocentos anos. Presentemente , o túmulo é uma transição pouco temida. O futuro,
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Andrés Cabrera
Jan 23, 2016 Andrés Cabrera rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"La vida es un negocio", dice el padre a su hija. La vida, diría yo, es un negocio en el que los intereses están llamados a sepultarnos. Balzac ha tocado todas las fibras de una vida anodina, cualquiera, como es la mía. Violento relato. Con sabiduría profunda, Honoré de Balzac se permite evidenciar mediante un personaje monstruoso (Grandet padre), como diría Huxley, lo que implica el ideal burgués in extremis: desde la vida del tonelero Grandet, viejo avaro y despreciable que vive su vida en fun ...more
Andrei Tamaş
Jul 28, 2015 Andrei Tamaş rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ca subiect si ca nivel de abordare, se poate spune -la prima vedere- ca e o carte infantila. In schimb, critica profunda si exacta a moravurilor (in contrast cu frustrarea pe care am avut-o parcurgand paginile si aprofundandu-l tot mai mult pe "mos Grandet") face din "Eugenie Grandet" un roman obiectiv si educational de capatai.
Cristina
Jul 02, 2016 Cristina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Me da la impresión de que si pudiera tomarme una píldora mágica que tras un sueño repentino permitiera despertarme en un pueblo francés del XIX, lo que me encontraría sería exactamente lo que describe Balzac en Eugénie Grandet.

Lo deprimente del caso es que más de 150 años después de la publicación de la novela prácticamente nada haya cambiado:

- el afán por la acumulación de dinero sigue siendo la máxima que rige nuestra sociedad enferma.

- el matrimonio no deja de ser un objetivo vital para mucha
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AGamarra
Nov 22, 2015 AGamarra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pobre Eugenia, para mí su vida es la historia de una tragedia, no estoy seguro qué exactamente quiso expresar Balzac, si el aburrimiento de la vida provinciana y sus limitaciones, si la pureza de alma y sentimientos o si la cruel realidad de la vida al tener aspiraciones tan fantasiosas fundadas en tan poco sentimiento, o el desengaño lógico por admirar lo nuevo y hermoso por fuera.
Hay varias cosas que me aburrieron un poco, primero pues que justo he terminado de leer "El judío de Malta" que tam
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Sonia M
May 09, 2016 Sonia M rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Ο Ντε Μπαλζάκ μας μεταφέρει την εικόνα της γαλλικής κοινωνίας της εποχής του με τον πιο αυθεντικό τρόπο. Η τάξη των αστών που έλαβε τα ηνία της χώρας μετά τη γαλλική επανάσταση ανέδειξε μια νέα ηθική: το κυνήγι του πλούτου. Ο μικροαστός κύριος Γκραντέ τρέμει στην ιδέα μη χάσει έστω κι έναν κόκκο ζάχαρης από την περιουσία του, είναι φιλάργυρος και τσιφούτης σε σημείο αηδίας. Ο ανιψιός του στο δεύτερο μέρος του βιβλίου ταξιδεύει στις αποικίες για να πλουτίσει και δέχεται κάθε συμβιβασμό ώστε να απ ...more
Yani
Dec 23, 2014 Yani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Si tuviera que definir en pocas palabras a este libro, usaría una frase bastante trillada pero no menos comunicativa: es más liviano que el aire. Tiene su razón de ser, porque era una novela que se publicaba por entregas y que, por supuesto, necesitaba mantener en vilo al lector para que la “comprara” (en varios sentidos de la palabra) completa. Y la verdad es que resulta. Cuando creía que podía ser una mala elección para estas alturas del año, en donde las neuronas quieren tomarse vacaciones, ...more
MJ Nicholls
A heartclenching pain-turner of a classic, a perfect manifesto for choosing love over money. The French do desolation and hopelessness so well! Must be the heat. In certain respects, Eugénie gets off lightly. She steals a kiss with her cousin before her bastard father packs him off to the Indies to get rich off slave plantations, and stays a virgin her whole life for that one moment of stolen love. Nowadays, anyone marrying their cousin would be hounded out the hamlet, Daily Mails flung at their ...more
Roya
Jun 26, 2015 Roya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
همه ش حس می کردم دارم نمایشنامه می خونم، و البته این حسم با خوندن پیشگفتار مترجم هم تقویت شد که رمان رو به تراژدی های کلاسیک تشبیه کرده بود و باباگرانده رو به شخصیت هایی مثل اتللو و مکبث. که کاملاً تشبیه به جاییه... درست مثل اتللو و مکبث باباگرانده از اون شخصیت های نفرت انگیزیه که آدم نمی تونه نفرت ش رو به دل بگیره و تا آخر عمر باید مثل اوژنی تنها رنج بکشه و دم نزنه
و همین جا لازم می دونم از مترجم باسواد کتاب هم تشکر کنم که کلی کلمه ی جدید و جالب فارسی (شهیق و زفیر از همه بهتر بودن :دی) به من آمو
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Anastasia
This book really made me sad. The whole time I was reading it, I was sad and angry. Sad because both Eugenie and her mother were victims of monsieur Grandet's insanity and angry because monsieur Grandet (and Charles, and pretty much everyone else besides Eugenie) lives and breathes his money. It's irritating, infuriating even. I understand that Balzac portraied the image of the fucked up society of those times, but the story is just plain boring and irritating. Again. Sorry.
Florencia
Jan 03, 2015 Florencia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french
This story takes place in the town of Saumur. That is where Eugénie and her very normal family lives. Her father is a miserly former cooper that hides his fortune from her wife and daughter and made them live in an old, cold and poor house that he does not want to repair because, well, money must be spent and that's what he tries to avoid at all cost. Reading this made me mischievously smile from time to time because let's face it, we have all met a Felix Grandet in real life, at least, once. A ...more
Elizabeth (Alaska)
This was a delight! Eugenie is no conniving female, spoiled brat, or cynical woman of the world. Living in a small town in the wine region far from Paris, she is a sheltered girl, completely without artifice and eventually to become a very wealthy woman. She doesn't know that however. Her father is as miserly as they get. His only goal in life is to acquire further wealth, and yes, he loves to see and count his gold. Some of his financial shenanigans, as well as the currency references, went ove ...more
Αλίκη
Aug 15, 2015 Αλίκη rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ένα μικρό και αρκετά γρήγορο βιβλίο, η Ευγενία Γκραντέ είναι ότι πρέπει για μια πρώτη εισαγωγή στην κλασσική γαλλική λογοτεχνία και συγκεκριμένα στον ρεαλισμό. Δεν κουράζει, έχει διαρκή εξέλιξη και μια μικρή ανατροπή στο τέλος. Μας γνωρίζει αναλυτικά τον χαρακτήρα του φιλάργυρου και μας δείχνει πού μπορεί να οδηγήσει μια τέτοια συμπεριφορά. Μας δείχνει όμως και τον ευγενή χαρακτήρα του φιλάνθρωπου, που βάζει τον άνθρωπο και την αξιοπρέπεια πάνω από τα πλούτη. Διαβάστε περισσότερα εδώ.
Laura
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Shelley
Feb 28, 2010 Shelley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Since I had to spend hours sitting in the doctor's office this morning with my daughter, I took my kindle and got caught up in this story. Talk about a love story full of intrigue and backstabbing and heartache.

Eugenie is a lovely girl with an awful father. He was a cask maker in a town that depended on the vineyards for survival. From cask maker he progressed up society's ladder and soon was a wealthy man. His big problem was he was so tight with his money. His wife had brought money into the m
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Trevor
Jun 07, 2015 Trevor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Great to read a novel with a good narrative, rounded characters and a realistic plot - I can just imagine the BBC making this book into a television series.

Set in the early C19th it is the story of Eugenie, her parents and the love of her life - the plot has twists and turns and the ending was not what I expected. The characters in particular her father and her cousin are well sketched and believable. Having visited the town in the Loire valley where the story is set, I might be biased, as it bo
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Dagny
Many of Balzac's novels focus on money in one way or another and in Eugenie Grandet the focus is even stronger than in most. Eugenie's father, Cesar, is a miser and the novel shows how this affects his relations with his family and even with his associates.

But the story is really his daughter's. Eugenie grows up an only child with this miserly father, a gentle but insignificant mother and a caring servant, Nanon. Living in Saumur, Eugenie is enthralled by her cousin Charles when the young gallan
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[P]
Jul 28, 2015 [P] rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve never met a miser, or certainly not one that could be said to meet the standards of the great 19th century authors. I have not, so far, come across anyone who, regardless of the size of their fortune, counts every penny, scrimps and saves and hoards. Perhaps it is simply that times have changed. The 21st century, it strikes me, is about ostentation, about displaying your wealth like peacock features. What is the point, we feel, of having money if you don’t spend it, if other people don’t kn ...more
Paddy Docherty
Jun 11, 2008 Paddy Docherty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: absolutely everyone
This is a masterpiece! It's a very gripping read, and has fantastic characters drawn with great skill and economy. The heroine, Eugenie Grandet, is one of Balzac's feminine models of virtue and a deeply sympathetic character. There is plenty of rivalry, plotting & scheming and a touching love story - all the elements of a great book...




Maria
Oct 25, 2012 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant novel -- miser, sheltered young daughter, downtrodden wife, early 1800s, provincial France. Translated by Sylvia Raphael. Outstanding forward by Christopher Prendergast. Magnificent characterizations.
Amanda Lila
Dec 16, 2014 Amanda Lila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Suprisingly good!
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Feb 14, 2014 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: Good Reading: 100 Significant Books
Eugenie Grandet is one of the signature works of French literature, and Flaubert, who wrote Madame Bovary and is arguably the most celebrated French novelist, was supposedly greatly influenced by Balzac. It's easy reading Eugene Grandet to trace the line of realism in French literature from Stendahl's The Red and the Black, its predecessor, and Madame Bovary, its successor. All three concern themselves with people from the French provinces, which are presented as largely petty and grasping. All ...more
Sandra
Dec 29, 2015 Sandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: francia, classici
“Gli avari non credono nella vita futura, poiché per essi il presente è tutto, e questo stesso concetto diffonde una luce orribile sul mondo odierno, ove più che mai il denaro domina leggi, politica e costumi. Istituzioni, libri, uomini e dottrina cospirano insieme a scuotere la fede in un’altra vita, fede su cui da diciotto secoli si basa l’edifizio sociale...”
Dopo “illusioni perdute”, un altro romanzo balzachiano in cui i protagonisti, al termine delle vicende narrate, si ritrovano senza illus
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BookAddict
Jun 08, 2012 BookAddict rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I cant believe I happened to chance buying this book at a closing down sale. Why haven't I seen it on any of the must read classics book lists? I loved this book. If you love your classics you must read this.
الخنساء
Nov 14, 2015 الخنساء rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
باريس القرن الثامن عشر مختصرة في نُزل مدام فوكير، عرض لحياة الطبقات الإجتماعية المختلفة حينها، نقد ساخر مبطن لها جميعاً.
من أكثر المشاهد العالقة بذهني والأجمل بالرواية عندما يطلب رستيناك المال من عائلته لينفقه بأنانية على طموحه، ثم يتقلب حائراً ومتردداً في انفاقه بين ضميره ورغباته .. هذا المقطع ساحر و حقيقي جداً.
في بعض الأحيان شعرت بالممل منها، لكن في النهاية وجدتني انجذبت لها، ولأحداثها وشخصياتها.
الأب هنا كانت طيبته مع بناته مستفزة ودرامية، لكنه ليس شخصاً طيباً لتشفق عليه، هو انتهازي من جانب آخر
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Shane
Jan 25, 2013 Shane rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Balzac was a good observer and commentator on the social conditions of his times, diving into the private lives of citizens of different classes within French society. In this short novel we see the "us vs. them" play of city vs. provincial citizens, with money being the measure of victory.

Papa Grandet, Eugenie's father, is by far the most colourful character, a sort of Scrooge on Steroids, out to amass his wealth in the provinces without investing a penny of his own money but by getting others
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Lisa
Sep 05, 2014 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lisa by: Balzac Yahoo Reading Group
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Honoré de Balzac was a nineteenth-century French novelist and playwright. His magnum opus was a sequence 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 1815.

Due to his keen observation of detail and unfiltered representation of society, Balzac is regarded as one of the founders o
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