Honore de Balzac s great theme was money, and in his best-loved novel, "Old Goriot, "he explored its uses and abuses with the particularity of a poet. A shabby Parisian boarding house in 1819 is the setting where his colorful characters collide. These include an elderly retired merchant called Old Goriot, who has bankrupted himself for the sake of ...
Honore de Balzac s great theme was money, and in his best-loved novel, "Old Goriot, "he explored its uses and abuses with the particularity of a poet. A shabby Parisian boarding house in 1819 is the setting where his colorful characters collide. These include an elderly retired merchant called Old Goriot, who has bankrupted himself for the sake of his two rapacious, social-climbing daughters, Delphine and Anastasie; a mysterious and sinister conspirator named Vautrin; Victorine, a disinherited heiress; and a naive and impoverished law student from the country, Eugene de Rastignac. Rastignac is appalled at first by the greed and corruption he finds in Paris, but he soon sets his sights on conquering high society. He joins forces with the array of schemers who surround him, while the suffering, self-sacrificing Goriot yearns in vain for his daughters love. The sprawling, vibrant, and turbulent Paris of the post-Napoleonic era is itself a major character in the novel, an emblem of the social upheaval that Balzac portrays so brilliantly. "Old Goriot "was the first of Balzac s novels to employ his famous technique of recurring characters, and it has come to be seen as the keystone in his grand project, "The Human Comedy." Translated by Ellen Marriage (Book Jacket Status: Not Jacketed)"
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Balzac chronicles French society in the early 19th century. The quest for quick riches and high society status is the topic. Old Goriot dotes on his two daughters, both of whom love him for his money. When the money is gone, they have no use for him. Before reading Old Goriot, read some reviews about the various translations. The 1946 version I read had good and bad moments due to translation issues. Try a version translated recently.
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