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by A. J. Krailsheimer,Honoré de Balzac

Pere Goriot (Oxford World's Classics) download ebook
A. J. Krailsheimer,Honoré de Balzac
Oxford University Press; Reprint edition (May 5, 2009)
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Translated by A. J. Krailsheimer, Emeritus Student and former Tutor in French at Christ Church, Oxford.

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Pere Goriot (Oxford World's Classics). If you have never read anything by Balzac before, then prepare yourself for an adventure. For one thing, as Balzac's intrepid biographer notes, it is a bit odd that "Pere Goriot" has become the of choice. Not only do crime, corruption, and vanity reach levels which shock the average reader, Balzac also slips in the first case of a huge attraction of an older man for a younger man.

Pere Goriot - Oxford World's Classics (Paperback). Honore de Balzac (author), A. Krailsheimer (translator). Paperback 304 Pages, Published: 26/02/2009. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Oxford world’s classics. HONORÉ DE BALZAC was born in 1799 at Tours, the son of a civil servant. Put out to nurse and sent later to boarding-school, he had, except between the ages of four and eight, little contact with home. In 1814 the family moved to Paris, where Honoré continued his boarding-school education for two years, and then studied law at the Sorbonne. In other Balzac novels we see how thoughts and emotions rooted in the routine circumstances of everyday life produce surprisingly extended ramifications.

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The World of Honoré de Balzac and Père Goriot. 1799 Honoré de Balzac is born in Tours on May 20. His civil- servant father, Bernard-François Balzac (originally, Balssa) has moved the bourgeois family from Paris to Tours because of his Royalist sympathies during the French Revolution. His failed efforts and mounting debt over the next few years place him on the verge of financial ruin. 1828 Desperate to save himself from bankruptcy, Balzac once again takes up writing.

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Title: Pere Goriot Author: Balzac, Honore de/ Krailsheimer, A. (TRN) Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr Publication Date: 2009/05/05 Number of Pages: 274 Binding Type: PAPERBACK Library of Congress: 2009464694 Pere Goriot. (TRN) Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr Publication Date: 2009/05/05 Number of Pages: 274 Binding Type: PAPERBACK Library of Congress: 2009464694 Pere Goriot (Oxford World's Classics). See any care plans, options and policies that may be associated with this product. Electrode, App-product, Comp-505166043, ralus-5, ENV-prod-a, PROF-PROD, VER-29.

Pere Goriot (1835), Honore de Balzac's novel centered on French society after the defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo and subsequent restoration of the Bourbons is ively detailed. Through an analysis of families, marriage and institutions, Balzac presents fully realized characters from diverse backgrounds. When reading this novel, you do feel immersed in the upheaval of French society.

This fine example of the French realist novel contrasts the social progress of an impoverished but ambitious aristocrat with the tale of a father, whose obsessive love for his daughters leads to his personal and financial ruin.About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
  • Brick my own
When you're trying to educate yourself without the service of an academic advisor, you still need something to point you in a profitable direction. Sixty years ago I was groping around for a reading regimen and one book on the subject (I don't remember the title) declared that although Tolstoy's War and Peace was "the world's greatest novel," Balzac (1799-1850) was "the world's greatest novelist." OK. I went ahead and spent a couple years reading Tolstoy but I never got round to Balzac. That is, until quite recently.

It was David Harvey who woke me up. In the introduction to his Companion to Marx's Capital (Verso, 2010) he said that Marx was a great admirer of Balzac and had the ambition to some day write a full study of la Comedie humaine. Unfortunately for people who love classic novels, Marx never finished his work on Capital and so was never able to get seriously into his great love of French literature! Harvey hadn't read much Balzac but he said that later, when reading one of his novels, "I found myself often saying, 'Ah, that's where Marx got it from!'"

Its hard to know where to start with Balzac, but I picked up the Oxford World Classics edition of Pere Goriot (1834), probably the most widely read of his books. It's a bit formidable for someone like myself who seldom reads novels and likes things short and simple. Balzac's paragraphs in Pere Goriot often run to 800 words and his chapters to 75 or 80 pages. Not a good format for my short attention span, but when I finally mustered the courage to begin, I soon saw why he ranks so high among the world's writers.

Balzac quickly draws you into the world of a rundown, flea-bitten boarding house and its inmates, and on into their lives and relations with each other and early nineteenth century Paris. What drove those lives is a principle theme of the book, and that theme is money. From the translator's introduction, it is the humiliation of having too little, the obsession with acquiring more, and the moral bankruptcy of a society that defines all human relations in its terms. I hadn't turned many pages before it was clear to me why Marx had been so fond of Balzac.

Near the beginning of the book Balzac says, "let me tell you, this drama is not fiction or romance, all is true. It is so true," he continued, "that everyone can recognize its elements in his own circle, perhaps in his own heart." That's what novels are about, aren't they? To make us recognize the truth of things? This one does it.
  • Marilore
Proves there is a god.
  • romrom
fine book .Balzac clearly was familiar with King L:ear.
  • Enone
This is a very tender story and extremely well written.
  • Jonide
Enlightenting, with depth of understanding of human motivations, aspirations and acts of implimantation or restrain from. Such a discovery of wealth when dealving into the socioeconomicpolitical universe of that century. A must to understanding the century and especially French Society and probably the evolution, if any, into the twenty first century of the western world.
  • elegant stranger
When a book has nothing but five-star reviews, as this one does, you might want to take note and order it and read it right away! This was among the top 5 books I have ever read. And I've read sooooooooooooo many books, married to Lit Prof. This book is so old that it seems to have been forgotten or shoved to the back of the stacks. This is a terrible shame, that people would miss a book of this magnitude. I only found it because I bought Harvard Classics of Literature (I own the 5-shelf hard copy of the Harvard Classics but never thought to actually READ them. Duh on me). But I didn't know they had a grouping of just Novels and poems, for Kindle. So I got it for free, I think? And the whole collection of all the novels was 500,000 pages. Gulp. But I thought, well I will be in no rush and just read along. OMG! OMG! IN SO DOING, I FOUND BOOKS that I doubt one would find anywhere else! I wanted to run in the streets and yell, "Everyone! Read these obscure novels!" But among them, I found the Hope Diamond of novels: Goirot by Balzac. Knew nothing of Balzac. Read his bio. Then I realized that Goirot is a true story of the struggle with morals in a young man in Paris early 1800s, who is so poor and wants to be so rich. (No spoilers, I promise). When a writer of Balzac's genius writes from life, you have hit a gold mine. The details are so stunning every inch of the way, because drawn from life, could never be thought up. The characters all were real people, and as unique as real people are. Within seconds of reading, you will never put this book down. My life came to a complete halt after I only half-interestedly started reading. OMG OMG. If I had missed this book, it would have been an actual tragedy. The only thing I could find the slightest fault with (and it is a thriller, shocker, surprise and twist-filled plot!) was in the last part, very last part. It got a little stretched out, what happened there (being 100% cautious not to spoil. Read on, safely), because the book was serialized and you know they have to stretch it out at the end a bit. But it was still detailed and commanding, and tho I confess to a little skimming, it returned to the ULTIMATE DILEMMA and CHOICE OF MORAL ROUTES BY THE HERO. You will be in another world as you watch the hero (WHO IS BALZAC, HIMSELF,, IN AUTOBIO FORM!) make that choice, and I doubt that you will guess what the hero will do. If I can beg, I BEG YOU TO READ THIS BOOK. And please, if it earns 5 stars (OH IT DOES!) please give it 5. To give it 4, it will never show 5 again, but only 4.5. If we can keep it at 5, more people will read it, and we will have done those people the favor of a lifetime. I plan to read this book many, many, many more times. PLEASE READ IT! -- Bethie