Père Goriot

Père Goriot

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At the shabby boarding house in the rue Neuve-Sainte-Geneviève, petty Madame Vauquer and her tenants wonder at the plight of the aging resident Goriot. Once a well-heeled merchant, Goriot was--at first--afforded special treatment from the Madame. But now something is clearly amiss in his financial affairs, and his increasingly tawdry appearance makes him a subject of ridicule in the household. Some think he lost in the markets, others see him as a lecherous patron of prostitutes, but one thing is clear: his selflessness and complete devotion to his two daughters.
Publisher: Prince Frederick, MD : Recorded Books ; [2011]
Edition: Unabridged.
Copyright Date: ℗2006
ISBN: 9781449869946
Characteristics: 1 sound file (10 hr., 30 min.) :,digital.
analog, Digital recording, rda
data file, rda
Additional Contributors: Krailsheimer, A. J.
Hecht, Paul

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John M Kropp Oct 03, 2012

The narrator does a wonderful job and it is delicious to hear the French names roll off his tongue. A sad tale indeed, but one well worth listening to. Human behavior has not changed since this book was written and Balzac captures it. His descriptions of places and his ironic comments are a pleasure to one so inclined. This book is well worth reading.

jwhite412 Dec 14, 2011

I give this book three stars instead of five because it was so well-written (wait, what?). It made me feel so bereft that I never want to read it again. Fabulous. Overall, this book paints the picture of the ruined lives of the fraudulently wealthy Parisians of the early 1800s. It is also the sad sad tale of the pointlessly devoted love of an old man for his ungrateful and greedy daughters, and brings to light the modern (?) question of tough love vs spoiling children by giving them everything for which they ask. The old man, as he lays dying alone, moans, “If I had not given them everything they needed, if I still had money, they would be here now, kissing me” – aka they would still be trying to milk more money out of him, but at least they would be present with him while he was dying. Wonderfully Horrible.

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