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Pere Goriot (Signet Classics)
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on April 16, 2017
Balzac is famous for good reason. The novel was intense and he did an incredible job of setting the scene of Paris and criticizing the social structure and the role of money in society. There were profound thoughts throughout and ample use of evocative detail as well as the theme of a fathers love for his daughters. The cruelty of high society and the temporary nature of wealth. At places it felt contrived, and some of he scenes were paced slower than I would have liked so I dropped one star.
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on November 12, 2012
Towards the end of the book there is brilliantly crafted dialogue between the two sisters, back and forth: make a point, loose a point on the counter attack. All in front of their dying father leaving one to wonder at the inherent selfcentered cruelness of these siblings who have taken so much. Not only that, interplay between the other characters is also well drawn as is the description of the boarding house guests and in particular one who ...but that will give too much away.

Open the book at any page to browse and it will not be put down but turned to the front to begin the tale.

Poor translations can at best be pedestrian and loose the sparkle of the orignial. The edition I read did not suffer from that defect but planted me squarely in Paris, its social machinations and mores, and the fasinating very human characters, flaws and all.
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on March 10, 2014
Book arrived as advertised, in very good condition. I was a bit put off by the 50-cent sales price inside but believe the book by Stefan Zweig to be worth at least what I paid for it. Fine service, honest reporting of a product.
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on July 7, 2013
The background of Balzac in his family leads him to understand ways that peoples behaive.
The theme of money!
Balzac needed money for himself and the people in the stories he writes shows this most often.
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on February 11, 2016
It is a classic for a reason!
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on March 1, 2016
ugh!
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on May 25, 2014
Pere Goriot is a masterpiece. For Shakespeare fans, once King Lear is read, Pere Goriot is an excellent choice to read next.
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on December 21, 2014
Maybe this is my favorite book! I love old Paris and I love beautiful observations of the complexity of human nature.
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on August 9, 2005
Hesitant at first, I rapidly developed an interest in the book. On the surface it provides a snapshot of Paris in the early 1800s. Dig a little deeper and you get a feel for what de Balzac called "The Human Comedy." Would recommend a few minutes on the internet researching the author before you begin this book. Understanding de Balzac and the place "Pere Goriot" occupies in his rich collection of books adds to the enjoyment. A very good read.
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on February 19, 2010
This is a great novel. Read it for an English course and enjoyed it. Great experience ordering book and was a great price. Recieved it in a timely manner.
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