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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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Published August 28th 1983 by Mcgraw-Hill College (first published 1835)
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Sonya
Jan 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Susan
Oct 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: france
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 explore more of France and also more of 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 ...more
Elysa
Jun 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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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.
Kit
Jan 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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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 some more Balzac pronto.
Linda Steiger
Jul 29, 2014 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Gena Lott
Mar 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics
One of the first French classics I read. I enjoyed the snippets of wisdom which the main character, Pere Goriot, spouted on occasion.
Benedict
Jul 13, 2010 rated it it was ok
I became furious at Pere Goriot for being such a chump. I don't see the value of this book.
Beth Shields-Szostak
Jun 22, 2010 marked it as to-read
2 in 1 volume
Kay
Oct 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Read many years ago. It was 40 years before I would try another French novel. One star given due to its classic status.
Chante Reid
Feb 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Had to read this for a class, 19th century European Lit which I thought was going to be a drag. Nope. Amazing.
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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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