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His funeral is attended only by Rastignac, a servant named Christophe, and two paid mourners.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Ich mag es einfach nicht. Studies in Balzac’s Realism. It was his first structured use of recurring characters, a practice whose depth and rigor came to characterize his novels.

Alicia Definitely Pere Goriot.

Vautrin, meanwhile, tries to convince Rastignac to pursue an unmarried woman named Victorine, whose family fortune is blocked only by her brother. And a couple good sentences encouraged me to place it within the French Pantheon of Cynicism.

Goriot Baba

I then tried to read it in English translation, but with the same result, and opted out. The scholar who wrote the introduction to my edition admits that one of Balzac’s faults as a writer is to include unnecessarily verbose and detailed exposition.

Goriot’s daughters, rather than being present at the funeral, send their empty coaches, each bearing their families’ respective coat of arms. Balzac sucks a ball balzca. This attitude is further explored by Vautrin, who tells Rastignac: Bene,immaginate uno che da pagina 5 a pagina 8 descrive l’edera rampicante su un muro. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Goriot, supportive of Rastignac’s interest in his daughter and furious with her husband’s tyrannical control over her, finds himself unable to help.


I have triumphed over everything, over friends as well as the envious.

Scott was also a profound influence on Balzac, particularly in his use of real historical events as the backdrop for his novels. Refresh and try again. This book is more of a run-on sentence than it is a story, more of a stream-of-consciousness belch of words than it is a coherent narrative, more of a challenge to see what a reader can endure than it is anything approaching quality literature.

I stopped reading and switched to John LeCarre. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. He is renowned for his multi-faceted characters; even his lesser characters are complex, morally ambiguous and fully human.

Goriot Baba by Honoré de Balzac (1 star ratings)

There are too many passages of boring interminable detailed explanations. By one estimate, almost three-quarters of Parisians did not make the — francs a year required for a minimal standard of living. Some reviewers accused Balzac of plagiarism or of overwhelming the reader with detail and painting a simplistic picture of Parisian high babw.


Ginsberg, Michal Peled, ed. Many of Balzac’s works gorior been made into films, and they continue to inspire other writers.

There’s some potential for parts of it to be really good, but it just stops shy of getting all the way there. I really gooriot to try Balzac.

It was so boring that I kept falling asleep. Too many wordy descriptions what the buildings balac like,etc. However, currently I feel it was as interesting and deep as watching the paint drying for pages. His relationship with his family was often strained by goriit and personal drama, and he lost more than one friend over critical reviews. I can see how this book was a “breakthrough” when it was published in but in todays modern world there are much more interesting things to read out there.

Convinced that he cannot achieve a decent status in Paris without a considerable display of wealth, he writes to his family and asks them to send him money: