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Highly recommended to the student of life.
This is one of Balzac's best books, a deep portrait of the misery of the human condition as well as a depiction of the decadent society of Paris in the 19 century.
If you have never read Balzac, you should remedy that situation forthwith; he is certainly one of the greatest novelists who ever lived.
I ordered the "French Edition" on the supposition that it would be IN FRENCH!
The edition sent to me had about half of a single page in French and ALL the rest of it... Read more
I ordered the hardcover version of Pere Goriot. The print quality is horrendous, the letters are very faint, hard to read, and at some places even missing. Read morePublished on August 17, 2012 by george hasko
This is a classic novel: highly accessable with many layers to savor.
Paris society in the early 1800's. An upwardly mobile provincial young adult. Read more
That was my first time reading Balzac and he truly had a gift with characterization and documenting Parisian life after the Bourbon restoration. Read morePublished on June 26, 2010 by dctazz
Honore de Balzac wrote his greatest novel in 1835 ,however the events supposed to be in 1819 (during the "Bourbon restoration" when the royal family came back to power in France... Read morePublished on July 31, 2009 by S. A. Saghbini
One of the world's great authors kicked off his real career with two gripping novels; this one and "Eugénie Grandet". Read morePublished on October 14, 2008 by Bob Newman
".....And if we must remember that Balzac is not the creator of one book but of almost a hundred, and that his genius has embraced all the complexity of a social era,
we must... Read more
Balzac. Maybe it's the harsh sound of his name. Like Nietzsche or Exxon, it congers up big, tough, impenetrable. Truth is, he's none of those things. Nor is he a hopeless romantic. Read morePublished on August 18, 2006 by John Petralia
I'm going to go ahead and ruin something for you, the potential reader, about Honoré de Balzac. Read morePublished on August 4, 2006 by john b