Old Goriot


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Goriot, a wealthy lodger at a Paris boarding house, finds his respect diminishing as his circumstances are reduced. The mystery of his shrinking fortune involves complicities and hidden motives among several ambitious fellow boarders.

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Apr 10, 2008

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Balzac chronicles French society in the early 19th century. The quest for quick riches and high society status is the topic. Old Goriot dotes on his two daughters, both of whom love him for his money. When the money is gone, they have no use for him. Before reading Old Goriot, read some reviews about the various translations. The 1946 version I read had good and bad moments due to translation issues. Try a version translated recently.

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