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Title:Père Goriot
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Publisher:W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN:039397166X
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Number of Pages:370
Category:Classics, Fiction, France, French literature, Literature

Père Goriot by Honoré de Balzac

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Père Goriot Pere Goriot is the tragic story of a father whose obsessive love for his two daughters leads to his financial and personal ruin Interwoven with this theme is that of the impoverished young aristocrat Rastignac come to Paris from the provinces to make his fortune who befriends Goriot and becomes involved with the daughters The story is set against the background of a whole society driven by social ambition and lust for money

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Poor plain spinster Bette is compelled to survive on the condescending patronage of her socially superior relatives in Paris her beautiful saintly cousin Adeline the philandering Baron Hulot and their daughter Hortense Already deeply resentful of their wealth when Bette learns that the man she is in love with plans to marry Hortense she becomes consumed by the desire to exact her revenge and dedicates herself to the destruction of the Hulot family plotting their ruin with patient silent malice br br i Cousin Bette i is a gripping tale of violent jealousy sexual passion and treachery and a brilliant portrayal of the grasping bourgeois society of s Paris The culmination of the Comedie humaine Balzac s epic chronicle of his times it is one of his greatest triumphs as a novelist, Handsome would be poet Lucien Chardon is poor and naive but highly ambitious Failing to make his name in his dull provincial hometown he is taken up by a patroness the captivating married woman Madame de Bargeton and prepares to forge his way in the glamorous beau monde of Paris But Lucien has entered a world far more dangerous than he realized as Madame de Bargeton s reputation becomes compromised and the fickle venomous denizens of the courts and salons conspire to keep him out of their ranks Lucien eventually learns that wherever he goes talent counts for nothing in comparison to money intrigue and unscrupulousness Lost Illusions is one of the greatest novels in the rich procession of the Comedie humaine Balzac s panoramic social and moral history of his times, Our heroine Julie is attending with her ailing father one of Napoleon s reviews of his troops It is after the debacle in Russia but the Old Guard still knows how to put on a show The lovely young girl is dazzled by Colonel Victor d Aiglemont a dashing young adjutant who gallops by The father notices Julie s fascination and shakes his head anxiously knowing that the young man is unworthy of her, i The Wild Ass s Skin i is Honor de Balzac s novel that tells the story of a young man Rapha l de Valentin who discovers a piece of shagreen in this case a rough untanned piece of a wild ass s skin which has the magical property of granting wishes However the fulfillment of the wisher s desire comes at a cost after each wish the skin shrinks a little bit and consumes the physical energy of the wisher The Wild Ass s Skin is at once both a work of incredible realism in the descriptions of Parisian life and culture at the time and also a work of supernatural fantasy in the desires that are fulfilled by the wild ass s skin Balzac uses this fantastical device masterfully to depict the complexity of the human nature in civilized society