Pere GoriotEugenie Grandet

Pere GoriotEugenie Grandet❅ [KINDLE] ✾ Pere GoriotEugenie Grandet By Honoré de Balzac ➞ – 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 pe 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. Reflecting on what was most engaging about this reading experience ie what stayed with me makes me think about this major transitional moment we're in right now historically culturally morally The character Eugenie de Rastignac is a young upstart smart naive charming but poor He begins his journey characterized by one central driving trait ambition It's a brilliant novelistic starting point because there is so much force behind that trait and because it can head off in any directionDescribing President Obama the other night historian Doris Kearns Goodwin used the word ambitious and said As long as your ambition is attached to good and noble goals ambition can be a great thing What kept my emotional attention reading Pere Goriot was as we say in The Writing Class the Major Dramatic uestion of whether de Rastignac's ambition would drive him to evolve or devolve in character Would he fall into self indulgence malice petty ness; or would he grow and deepen in compassion wisdom truth At every turn really right up to the end we are not uite sure how he'll respond to each dramatic event; we feel all throughout the story the precariousness and impressionability of his potential Who knows maybe the page turning novel of moral character will soon be back in style Have no idea why these books are bundled together for view as I just finished Eugenie Grandet NOT Pere Goriot Wonderful book about the life of a miser in rural France and that of his wife and daughter The daughter's one opportunity to leave their misanthropic life and explore of France and also of her own feelings and thoughts is thwarted when her cousin with whom she is in love leaves her for another women who he mistakenly believes is richer than her The writing about life in very small two France family relationships financial dealings all uite interesting to me Eugenie Grandet is very different from what I thought it would be It had parts that were hilarious hopeful tragic and infuriating I'm not sure what the author's goal was and I'm a little glad that I don't know It was an interesting study about how upbringings affects us and the politics of money and family in a country setting I've got an old Modern Library hardback with both novels in it Alls I can say is they're both devastating I've got to get my hands on some Balzac pronto Had to read this for a class 19th century European Lit which I thought was going to be a drag Nope Amazing Balzac is one of those authors that I've known of for a very long time but haven't yet read any of until now I found this delightfully 1950s modernist cover edition from The Modern Library imprint in a discard pile a common theme in my reviews In it were two short novels “Pere Goriot” and “Eugenie Grandet” Both of them had a real slapdash pulpy uality to the prose as if it were churned out in a great hurry which if you know a bit about Balzac it essentially was As such it reads fairly uickly and without much difficulty Interestingly enough the translator's forward includes some historical slagging on the uality of Balzac's prose by Flaubert that I have to agree with Balzac will always tell rather than show even when he doesn't really need to He also has a habit of constantly inserting his own authorial voice right in the middle of the action to wax philosophical or pound the soapbox for a bit He tends to over describe things physically We really don't need 10 pages of describing the furnishings of a cheap boarding house or three pages dedicated to how ugly and large the Grandet's sole maidservant isDespite how clumsy and ham handed Balzac is stylistically he shows stunning depth of perception in regards to the psychological and emotional complexity of his characters There are protagonists and antagonists yes but there is no one who is without personal flaws or redeeming characteristics Moreover relationships and plots end as they do in real life not with a fairytale “Happily Ever After” nor with some sort of melodramatic tragedy but the often mixed feelings and lack of justice or satisfaction for the charactersBoth novels in this book are two sides of the same thematic coin Pere Goriot deals with a father who gives too generously to his spoiled married daughters leading to his impoverishment and death as well as the death of innocence for the main character Rastignac whose idealism is slowly transmuted to cynicism Eugenie Grandet deals with a provincial cooper who through cagey business dealings and thrift has built up a massive fortune but utterly destroys the health of his wife and the happiness of his daughter through his ceaseless miserliness There's a real interesting contrast between the two novels Very different but essentially visiting the same ground about the corruption wealth and its pursuit can wreck on people Too bad Balzac has to go and out and out say it himself from time to timeOne can really see the amazing influence Balzac had on the French novelists that followed him One could perhaps think of him as the Dickens AND Austen of French Lit All else was a development on the ground he blazed with far stylistically adept writers like Flaubert Zola and Proust drawing deep from the well he dug with his ambitious and incomplete project to write several hundred linked novels and plays as “The Human Comedy” He's literally the most important and skilled hack writer in Western LiteratureFour out of Five stars Masterworks of Balzac and with Lost Illusions his best in my modest opinion For read Les Chouans too and inspite of being entertaining it wasn't as good as these three ones The Chouans was a bit as an adventures novel Father Goriot is an unforgettable story of a greedy man and his daughter who cares for him Easy readings and not very long novels this two ones They advance skillfully and are uite dramatic Balzac is known for being an author who wrote mainly about money And that's what Father Goriot and Eugénie Grandet goes about In the case of Eugénie Grandet it is also or mainly about her despot father But about hidden love as well It shows also masterfully the deeply unfair condition of women at those times These books are awful pictures to look at with our nowadays minds In fact Balzac works as the Flaubert Madame Bovary or Stendhal with Red and Black acted as strong denounces against the society of those days And became big successes Women were forced or left to remain caring their father or mother if they didn't find a lover of the father likings So much their lifes were spoiled And so on This is Excellent Literature with capital letters Balzac achieved great results in describing realistically his society In its habits and its defects he portrays his French world as few ones As Flaubert and Stendhal and then Zola afterwards The four of them were unavoidable readings for we French am half French But are also great Classics for the whole world Balzac was already uite blunt in his literary plots and characters foretelling so what was going to come with Zola These are must reads This review concerns just the first of the two novels published together in one volume Perhaps one day I'll pick it up again and read Eugenie I was propelled to read this not so much by its reputation as a great piece of French nineteenth century realism which it is but by my mother's freuent references to it Usually the reference was to some poor soul who ended up like Old Goriot the victim of his children I wanted to see what that was about Frankly now that I've read it I think my mom was a bit off Goriot wasn't so much the victim of his children as the victim of his own affections and folly Lear though without the tragic effects Ungrateful daughters play in both cases but they are not so much to blame as Pere Goriot himself; Goriot's daughters by the way are nowhere near the monsters that Lear's two offspring are and there isn't a Cordelia anywhere with her annoying stubbornness Goriot's story is set in the somewhat tatty boarding house of Madame Vanuer in Montmartre Paris with a chorus of regulars who follow and comment on activities of Goriot and Rastignac the young law student through whose eyes much of the narrative is written Be careful what you wish for be it money love of a beautiful woman etc as you might just get it seems to be one theme as is be careful about making assumptions that one drives the plot through the first third of the story at least along with Balzac's obvious cynical attitude towards upper crust Parisian life It's a bit slow at the start but picks up and there are no chapters so you can pause wherever you wish There are many uite good bits some wise bits and in the end it's a pretty satisfying read as we follow this nineteenth century story about how a young man of good conscience responds when everything goes amazingly his way I became furious at Pere Goriot for being such a chump I don't see the value of this book Read many years ago It was 40 years before I would try another French novel One star given due to its classic status

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  • Pere GoriotEugenie Grandet
  • Honoré de Balzac
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  • 12 September 2014
  • 9780075535720