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Rastignac endears himself to one of Goriot’s daughters, Delphine, after extracting money from his own already-poor family. Was it meant to be? It certainly appears so.

Unfortunately I don’t know enough about how the French lived in the 19th century to comment intelligently. Paris offers him a chance to abandon his far-away family and remake himself in the city’s ruthless image. He failed in all of these efforts. University of Toronto Press When his other daughter, Anastasie, informs him that she has been selling off her husband’s family jewelry to pay her lover’s debts, the old man is overcome with grief at his own impotence and suffers a stroke.

Delphine is trapped in a loveless marriage to Baron de Nucingen, a money-savvy banker. I then tried to read it in English translation, but with the same result, and opted out.

Strike ruthlessly; you will be feared. Some reviewers accused Balzac of plagiarism or of overwhelming the reader with detail and painting a simplistic picture of Parisian high society.

His relationship with his family was often strained by financial and personal drama, and he lost more than one friend over critical reviews. I didn’t see the point, or even catch the themes; or maybe I did and was just dissapointed that voriot were thin and uninteresting.


It was better in French than in English, but the melodrama goeiot overpowering either way. The narrative of Goriot’s painful relations with his children has also been interpreted as a tragicomic parable of Louis XVI’s decline. I read this book since it’s one of the classics I felt I had to read in my lifetime.

University of London Athlone Press, Eugene seemed poorly drawn and inconsistent to me, and Goriot was an unappealing caricature of a doting father. Is it necessary for baalzac book to be dreadfully boring and over-melodramatic to be called a classic? His family, absent while he is in Paris, becomes even more distant despite this sacrifice. Due to his keen observation of fine detail and unfiltered representation of society, Balzac is regarded as one of the founders of realism in European literature.

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Jul 24, A. Hierin verder lezen, wordt mij door de auteur – verdienstelijk – onmogelijk Beschrijvingen, beschrijvingen, beschrijvingen. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. And a couple good sentences encouraged me to place it within the French Pantheon of Cynicism.

Goriot Baba

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Well, at least I tried, bba I never got a sense that the story was going anywhere. This is a shame. Penguin Classics I love these cheap little editions. But this is just not for me.


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Although Goriot and Vautrin offer themselves as father figures to him, by the end of the novel they are gone and he is alone. I recall the sentiment among my fellow classmates echoed mine perfectly. Princeton University Press It was so boring that I kept falling asleep. He sets out to dine with Delphine de Nucingen and declares to the city: It’s so boring and there’s no point to it. Wikiquote has quotations related to: It enabled a depth of characterization that went beyond simple narration or dialogue.

His daughters refused to recognize him because he had lost his fortune; now the critics have rejected him with the excuse that he was immoral. It was better in French than in English, but the melodrama is overpowering either way. This is a classic of French literature, but having read this during my college years as part of our French classes, my memories are of one tedious slog, one I couldn’t wait to get over with.

It’s so boring and there’s no point to it.