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Le Père Goriot by Honoré de Balzac
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Jul 07, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: deep-thoughts-books

I found this book on the bookshelves at my grandma's summer house. And I started reading, and it took over me.
Neither the story of young Rastignac, as a story of a young middle-class man from province, who aspires to gain his own high position in the upper-class, captured me the most, and nor did the sad story of father Goriot, as a story of a loving-to-death parent, who deifies his ungrateful, callous and self-affected daughters, who, for me, are doomed to suffer for the end of their lives for their outrageous conduct. But I was crushed, in both - the good and the bad ways, by the speeches given by Vautrin about the society and its inhabitants. Everything he says seems so realistic even for the nowadays world, and that really scares and at the same time rises the respect to the man, who deeply understands and estimates the society, its possibilities and its sins. Vautrin, a rebel, still copes good with all hardships, showing himself as a flexible person, who goes against the stream, which should probably sound contradictory, but it does not, because the contradiction is a nature of this man, who uses this force of his to take over the people and to consequently patronize them.
A lot is already said about other characters, so I won't stop on them, except for a word of admiration and slight sadness towards Rastignac, to whom I wanted to wish all the best during the entire reading.
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message 1: by Guido (new)

Guido Becke I'm most impressed by your remarks about the book. I also found Le Pere Goriot at my grandma's house, and it make a big impression on me. To defy Parisian society, facing it, from the top of the hill of Pere Lachaise -- it's sublime: maintenant, c'est a nous deux...

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