Père Goriot

Père Goriot

Book - 1991
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"In a grimy boardinghouse in a dismal Parisian neighborhood, Balzac sets the stage for his 1834 study of paternal love, of greed, envy, and despair. Pere Goriot tells the story of a nineteenth-century counterpart to King Lear, a father so blindly devoted to his undeserving daughters that his tragic realization - "I loved them too much for them to love me at all" - comes too late. This best-known of Balzac's Comedie humaine novels has all the stylistic elements one might expect: unnerving psychological analyses; vivid physical descriptions, acute observations of the rules governing Parisian society, disarming wit, and unbridled passion." "Burton Raffel's translation is responsive to Balzac's style as well as to his words - nothing is suppressed, nothing obfuscated. The result is a highly readable, idiomatic translation of a master storyteller by a master translator."--BOOK JACKET
Publisher: Oxford [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1991
ISBN: 9780192828583
0192828584
9780199538751
Characteristics: xxiv, 274 p. : map ; 19 cm
Additional Contributors: Krailsheimer, A. J

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HopeButterfly
Jun 18, 2015

Started out interesting but due to time I didn't get to finish it. I will try to take it out up the road and enjoy it to the finish. He is such a noted writer and am honored to read one of his works.

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