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Old Goriot by Honoré de Balzac
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Old Goriot (1835)

by Honoré de Balzac

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Series: La Comédie Humaine (22)

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At the shabby boarding house in the rue Neuve-Sainte-Geneviève, petty Madame Vauquer and her tenants wonder at the plight of the aging resident Goriot. Once a well-heeled merchant, Goriot was--at first--afforded special treatment from the Madame. But now something is clearly amiss in his financial affairs, and his increasingly tawdry appearance makes him a subject of ridicule in the household. Some think he lost in the markets, others see him as a lecherous patron of prostitutes, but one thing is clear: his selflessness and complete devotion to his two daughters.… (more)
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for me, not very interesting, often confused as the characters are often called by different names ( )
  mahallett | Mar 12, 2020 |
This is such a sad story! And the Paris high society as portrayed here is horribly shallow & grasping; even its most sympathetic character, Eugène de Rastignac's cousin the Vicomtesse de Beauseant, is not very admirable. Old M. Goriot becomes an increasingly tragic figure the more the reader learns about his past and his family. ( )
  leslie.98 | Feb 23, 2020 |
An interesting combination of the last two books I read; Proust and Turgenev. This one could have been named Fathers and Daughters. This was about a doting father and how he gave up everything for his two spoiled daughters. It was similar to Proust's writing but much more accessible. ( )
  pmtracy | Dec 17, 2019 |
La maison Vauquer est une pension parisienne où se côtoient des résidents que tout oppose, et pourtant inexorablement liés : Rastignac, un jeune étudiant en droit, le Père Goriot, un ancien fabriquant de vermicelles, ou encore le mystérieux Vautrin.
Tous ont leurs secrets et leurs faiblesses :Rastignac, obsédé par la haute société, délaisse ses études pour tenter de s’y faire intégrer ; Vautrin cache un passé douloureux ; le Père Goriot s’est ruiné pour ses filles ingrates.
La maison Vauquer s’apparente alors à une peinture de cette époque, un cliché de personnages aussi différents qu’unis, criants de vérité, acteurs d’une comédie humaine.
  Haijavivi | Jun 12, 2019 |
868/1500 ( )
  Drfreddy94 | Jul 17, 2018 |
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Balzac, Honoré deAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Maurois, AndréPrefacemain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Binni, LanfrancoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brumbaugh, Robert S.secondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bulder, NicoIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Castex, Pierre-GeorgesIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Citron, PierreEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cucchi, MaurizioTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
De Marchi, CesareTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gallego Urrutia, María TeresaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Goudsmit, SamuelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hans van PinxterenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hill, JamesCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jensen, BriktAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Krailsheimer, A.J.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lopez Cardozo, J.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mariage, EllenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McCannon, OliviaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"All is true." Shakespeare
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To the great and illustrious Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire as a tribute of admiration for his labors and his genius.
AU GRAND ET ILLUSTRE GEOFFREY SAINT-HILAIRE
Comme un témoinage d'admiration de ses travaux et de son génie.
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Madame Vauquer (nee De Conflans) is an elderly person who for the past forty years has kept a lodging house in the Rue Neuve-Sainte-Genevieve, in the district that lies between the Latin Quarter and the Faubourg Saint-Marcel.
Madame Vauquer, née de Conflans, est une vieille femme qui, depuis quarante ans, tient à Paris une pension bourgeoise établie rue Neuve-Sainte-Geneviève, entre le quartier latin et le faubourg Saint-Marceau.
Madam Vauquer, formerly Mademoiselle de Conflans, is now an old woman.
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