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Father Goriot

Auhtor: Honore De Balzac

Language: english
Published: 1834

Genres:

fiction
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Review by Beth Cholette, March 2007


Rating: (*****)
Copyright: Public Domain in the U.S.
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Summary of the Book 'Father Goriot':

The novel takes place during the Bourbon Restoration which brought about profound changes in French society the struggle of individuals to secure upper-class status is ubiquitous in the book. The city of Paris also impresses itself on the characters especially young Rastignac who grew up in the provinces of southern France. Balzac analyzes through Goriot and others the nature of family and marriage providing a pessimistic view of these institutions.

Excerpts from the Book 'Father Goriot':


... again here, not because this story is dramatic in the restricted sense of the word, but because some tears may perhaps be shed intra et extra muros ...
... to events, and did not go very deeply into the causes that brought them about she likewise preferred to throw the blame of her own mistakes ...
... sigh as he lay down again. He is mad, thought the student. Poor child! Father Goriot said aloud. Rastignac, hearing those words, concluded to keep ...
... through the streets he began to think about Mme. de Restaud and what he should say to her. He equipped himself with wit, rehearsed repartees in the ...
... set every one against me, if you do not give me your counsel. I believe that in Paris it is very difficult to meet with a young, beautiful, and wealthy ...
... Duchess. Of that I had no idea, madame, answered the law student, so I rashly came between them. In fact, I got on very well with the lady's husband, ...
... it, pardon the criminal whom our justice condemns. Rastignac opened his sister's letter its simplicity and kindness revived his heart. Your ...
... a marquis, and my name is not Rastignacorama. They will fight, said Mlle. Michonneau, in an indifferent tone. Fight! echoed Poiret. Not they, ...
... chosen only that morning. His thoughts went back for a moment to the lodging-house, and with a feeling of profound loathing, he vowed to himself that ...
... Eugene as he lay down. It is enough to melt a heart of stone. His daughter no more thought of him than of the Grand Turk. Ever after this conference ...
... thousand six hundred francs, and, still perfectly ignorant of what he was about, staked again on the red. The bystanders watched him enviously as ...
... would you still love the man whom you loved in your days of poverty? A charming movement of the head was her only answer. Even if he were very poor? Again ...
... ten years since I walked side by side with one of my girls. How pleasant it was to keep step with her, to feel the touch of her gown, the warmth of ...
... this down, Daddy Lachapelle, he went on, addressing a little, white-haired old man who had seated himself at the end of the table and after ...
... audience, for Mme. de Nucingen had led Rastignac into the study he heard a kiss given and taken, low though the sound was. The study was furnished as ...
... I scolded, I did all I could to drive him to desperation, so as to find out more. He showed me his ledgers-he broke down and cried at last. ...
... can melt him I took all the family diamonds that M. de Restaud is so proud of-his and mine too-and sold them to that M. Gobseck. Sold them! Do ...
... mind he tried to believe that Goriot was not so dangerously ill as he had imagined, and ended by collecting together a sufficient quantity of traitorous ...
... with God! After all, it is not their fault. I tell you they are innocent, my friend. Tell every one that it is not their fault, and no one need be distressed ...
... you owe me a hundred and forty- four francs as it is, add forty francs for the pair of sheets, and then there are several little things, besides the ...