Honoré 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, Eugène 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 . For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
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|Grouping Title||old goriot|
|Grouping Author||balzac honoré de|
|Last Grouping Update||2018-08-24 03:56:10AM|
|Last Indexed||2018-09-20 04:48:52AM|
|auth_author2||Case, David., Crawford, Marion Ayton.|
|author||Balzac, Honoré de, 1799-1850.|
|author2-role||Case, David.|Narrator, Crawford, Marion Ayton., hoopla digital.|
|author_display||Balzac, Honoré de|
|display_description||Balzac's universally loved novel explores the great theme of money and its effect on the human character. Old Goriot is a lodger at Madame Vauquer's Parisian boarding house. At first, his wealth inspires respect, but as his circumstances are reduced, he is gradually shunned. He moves into smaller and less desirable rooms in the house, and soon his only remaining visitors are two beautiful young women. The mystery as to who they are and what is happening to Goriot's fortune involves several other boarders, including Rastignac, an ambitious youth who hopes to rise in society. With its complicities and alliances, mysteries and betrayals, passions and ambitions, the house becomes a microcosm of the grasping Parisian society of the 1820s-a perfect setting for Balzac's masterful portrayal of La Comďie humaine, the whole comedic parade of human life.|
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|record_details||hoopla:MWT10025141|eAudiobook|Audio Books|Unabridged.|English|Blackstone Audio, Inc. ,|2011.|1 online resource (1 audio file (10hr., 05 min.)) : digital., ils:.b14370967|Book|Books||English|Penguin Books,|1986, c1951.|303 p. ; 20 cm.|
|subject_facet||Bildungsromans, France -- History -- Louis XVIII, 1814-1824 -- Fiction, Paris (France) -- Social life and customs -- 19th century -- Fiction|
|title_full||Old Goriot / Honoré de Balzac ; translated by Marion Ayton Crawford, Old Goriot [electronic resource] / Honoré de Balzac|
|topic_facet||History, Social life and customs|