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Eugenia Grandet

(La Comédie Humaine #30)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  18,906 ratings  ·  836 reviews
Dentro de esa catedral narrativa que es la Comedia humana, la novela Eugenia Grandet ocupa un lugar especial por los dos grandes caracteres que en ella crea Balzac: el de una joven que descubre por primera vez el amor y entrega como arras cuanto tiene para ayudar a su enamorado, y el de su padre, el tío Grandet, la más acabada de las encarnaciones de avaro desde la obra de ...more
Paperback, 238 pages
Published 2000 by Edimat Libros (first published 1833)
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Moriarty Mayfair No, that's too simple. Eugenie's personality, beliefs and principles are clearly exposed along the whole novel, she could never have that kind of inte…moreNo, that's too simple. Eugenie's personality, beliefs and principles are clearly exposed along the whole novel, she could never have that kind of intentions or thoughts, it doesn't go with her heart, she's just too good and too like-her-mother.(less)
Tereza It's French, so you pronounce it [œʒeni]…moreIt's French, so you pronounce it [œʒeni](less)

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Ahmad Sharabiani
(921 From 1001 Books) - Eugénie Grandet, Honoré de Balzac

Eugénie Grandet is an 1833 novel by French author Honoré de Balzac, about miserliness and how it is bequeathed from the father to the daughter, Eugénie, through her unsatisfying love attachment with her cousin.

Eugénie Grandet is set in the town of Saumur. Eugénie's father Felix is a former cooper who has become wealthy through both business ventures and inheritance (having inherited the estates of his mother-in-law, grandfather-in-law, an
Aug 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french
A tragedy in disguise.

This story takes place in the town of Saumur. That is where Eugénie and her normal family live. Her father is a miserly former cooper who hides his fortune from her wife and daughter and forces them to live in an old and frozen house, which he doesn't want to repair because, well, money must be spent and that is exactly what he tries to avoid. Reading this novel made me chuckle several times because let's face it, we have all met a Felix Grandet in real life, at least once.
Steven Godin
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Classic English literature has seen some memorable stone-hearted misers in it's time, but they pale in comparison to Balzac's provincial Midas, Monsieur Grandet, father of the long-suffering Eugénie. Grandet's wealth is legendary in status, and, inevitably, when plucky Charles, his elegant, dapper nephew from Paris, turns up, Eugénie, accustomed to her father's spartan frugality, is hopelessly smitten with him. One of the Granddaddies of realist literature, Balzac paints a tragic figure at the c ...more
Of the countless volumes that passed through my hands, only a few remained attached to my soul and mind. But that is normal, I think, how would be to stuck to every book ? I'm talking about good books, certainly.
Amoung them, this disturbing radiograph of human psychology, but also a blunt painting of a begone society, but whose moral strengths have been perpetuated in eternity. Having the action placed in the west of France, at the beginning of the 19th century, after the restoration of the mon

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May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: balzac
Greed, greed and more greed and a miser with the Midas touch. Grandet rules his family and faithful servant Nanon in a regimen of rations and lies. He has no ethics and becomes completely obsessed with making money. Grandet makes Scrooge look benevolent. Then his nephew arrives whose father has gone bankrupt and blown his brains out.

Eugenie his daughter falls madly in love with Charles the nephew and he promises her his heart as he departs to the Indies to make his fortune. Of course the true p
Dec 21, 2010 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
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
Megan Baxter
Jul 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eugenie Grandet is a quiet tragedy.

The eponymous character is the quiet and industrious daughter of a miser. His entire life is devoted to making more money, even faking a stutter to put other people off their guard in business transactions. Eugenie has known no other life - every day, she and her mother sit in their freezing sitting room (the fire can only be lit between November and April), mending and sewing. For her, this is not unusual, and she accepts at face value her father's complaints
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
N.N. Light
What a brilliant piece of writing. The detail used to describe each scene by Blazac paints a picture in your mind. I am reminded of Tolstoy’s War and Peace.

The story of the saintly Eugenie trying to live under the thumb of her Miser father is pitiable but a solid read. The life of Monsieur Grandet and his love of gold above all else seems painfully apt in this early part of the 21st century.

A classic that holds a place of reverence on my bookshelf.

My Rating: 5 stars

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Alice Poon
[Note: I read this novel in March/April 2013 and posted a review in my Asia Sentinel blog on April 12, 2013. I've just dug out the review from my files and am posting it here with some minor changes. Date: April 17, 2017.]

What is a miser? The dictionary says it means either one of two types of persons: (1) one who lives very meagerly in order to hoard money; or (2) a greedy or avaricious person. I’ve lately read Honore de Balzac’s famous novel Eugenie Grandet and am impressed with the author’s p
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
Gabrielle Dubois
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 19th-century
"There is a constant duel between heaven and earthly interests. "
Some people are so intimately convinced that there is a paradise after life, that they accept with resignation, humility, magnanimity, kindness and charity, all the misfortunes of earthly life, and all human vicissitudes.
Some people are so deeply convinced that there is no hell after life, that they take possession on earth, with fierce, pretentiousness, smallness of soul, immorality and avarice, of all earthly material goods, of a
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Classics, we are told, are books that “stand the test of time” – that, even after the society that birthed them has passed away, continue to enthrall readers with their complex and relatable characters, their insight into universals of human nature, their artful command of language. I read Eugenie Grandet in translation, so I won’t attempt to pass judgment on its use of language (Raphael’s 1990 translation is acceptable though not impressive in its own right). But the characters, the conceptions ...more
In work Eugénie Grandet, Honoré de Balzac paints an eloquent portrait of nineteenth-century French society, as well as the prevailing materialism of the time.
The story centres on the life of Grandet's family, circumscribed to the unreasonable avarice of their progenitor, characterized as a petty man and who values to the point of exhaustion the brilliance and tinkling of money, symbol of his social and financial ascent. The sobriety of Eugenia's father is such that he rations all the expenses of
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
Having heard such dire reports of the scandalous writings of Balzac, I am happy to report that this at least is a very moral tale, a novel length parable if you will against the corruption of money. Eugénie Grandet grows up the only child of a Scrooge father and beloved but sickly mother. Eugénie falls in love with her petted, penniless cousin, Charles, come to live with them when left orphan due to his father's suicide, a financial ruin. The vast fortune of Eugénie's father could be put to use ...more
It's all about the money. It's a pity that Monsieur Grandet couldn't take it with him in the end. He is the standout character here.

Read the free edition, remarkably error free which is always a plus.
Jovana Autumn
”All human power is a compound of time and patience. Powerful beings will and wait. The life of a miser is the constant exercise of human power put to the service of self. It rests on two sentiments only,—self-love and self-interest; but self-interest being to a certain extent compact and intelligent self-love, the visible sign of real superiority, it follows that self-love and self-interest are two parts of the same whole,—egotism. From this arises, perhaps, the excessive curiosity show
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"...Other women bow their heads and suffer in silence; they go their way dying, resigned, weeping, forgiving, praying, and recollecting, till they draw their last breath. This is love, — true love, the love of angels, the proud love which lives upon its anguish and dies of it." (220)
Poignant in true Balzacian style, Eugénie Grandet tells the story of a family headed by a cold-hearted miser, who amasses fortunes while living as if he were poor. Selfishness runs through the book, and the society w
Another worthless, boring, classic with all the shittiness of the classics and much more!

It's a long-long story about an obsessed with money, pathetic old man, that thinks wealth is more important than l-i-t-e-r-a-l-l-y anything, and plans to accumulate more and more money until the day he dies, even though he's old and rich already, and he doesn't even care about his offspring, and it's all incredibly pointless.

Basically all you'll read about is this. The book contains few "side-stories" whic
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always like to read something set in France whilst holidaying there, and this summer's choice was Eugenie Grandet by Honore de Balzac. I have not read a great deal of Balzac's work in the past, but this has reaffirmed that I wish to do so in future. From the beginning of the novel, I was swept away. I found myself absolutely adoring Balzac's writing, particularly his in-depth descriptions of place, emotion, and character. Beginning in the early 1800s, Eugenie Grandet is entirely absorbing and ...more
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: human-comedy
I really missed Balzac.
I took a break from my Human Comedy project to read Tristram Shandy, which when combined with various life events, took me away from Balzac for several months. Once I picked this up and started reading it felt like meeting up with an old friend, and very little has changed.

It helped that this is one of his best. It's brisk, direct, sort of an undiluted version of all his themes and obsessions. Everything that makes him a great writer is here and it was a really welcome r
Jul 27, 2015 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
Feb 28, 2010 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
Justin Evans
Oct 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I read this after a long, unfulfilling, opaque, modernist novel. Suffice to say, my palate is cleansed. As ever, Balzac, despite the fact that he couldn't write a decent sentence if you gave him a copy of Gide's collected works and told him you didn't mind if he plagiarized one, holds your attention by exaggerating everything to absurd dimensions, including his sense of his own importance. You want to know what capitalism looks like? It looks like this. Grandet makes Scrooge look like some soft- ...more
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
Paddy Docherty
Jun 02, 2008 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...

Oct 25, 2012 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.
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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.

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