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Encyclopedia > Le père Goriot

Le Père Goriot (English title: Old Goriot) is a 1835 novel written by Honoré de Balzac. 1835 was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... A novel is an extended work of written, narrative, prose fiction, usually in story form; the writer of a novel is a novelist. ... Honoré de Balzac Honoré de Balzac (pronounced ball-sack) ( May 20, 1799 – August 18, 1850), was a French novelist. ...

It is one of the series of novels to which Balzac gave the title of "The Comedy of Human Life." It is a comedy, mingled with lurid tragic touches, of society in the French capital in the early decades of the 19th century. The novel follows Eugene Rastignac's entrance into heartless Parisian society. This heartlessness is embodied by the cruel fate of Goriot who has reduced himself to a state of squalour to provide his daughters with the material luxuries they desire. These daughters do not even come to visit him as he's dying and Rastignac is the only attendent at his funeral.

External link

  • Free eBook of Father Goriot (http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/1237) at Project GutenbergEnglish translation by Ellen Marriage



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