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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Goriot Babaplease sign up. I really want to try Balzac. Which book should I begin reading first?
Alicia Definitely Pere Goriot. It’s known as the crossroads of all Balzac’s books. See all 5 questions about Goriot Baba…. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. View all 3 comments. God, this was torture. I read a Signet Classics edition of this book. I know Bantam and Signet are still publishing these books, but I see them less and less as they get squeezed out by more expensive trade paperbacks published by Penguin or the Modern Library. This is a shame.
I love these cheap little editions. Eugene seemed poorly drawn and inconsistent to me, and Goriot was an unappealing caricature of a goriit father. If it had been any longer Gotiot would not have finished it.
Sto per distruggere un mito della letteratura,ma chissene. Bene,immaginate uno che da pagina 5 a pagina 8 descrive l’edera rampicante su un muro. Quanto impiegate a leggere 4 pagine,circa 10 minuti? Immaginate ora un tizio che osserva per 10 minuti un muro e poi chiedetegli cosa ha visto.
Goriot Baba : Honore de Balzac :
Essa ha una venatura di verde molto particolare,che dal verde petrolio passa al verde smeraldo bava punta. Purtroppo un piccolo e rugoso bruco Sto per distruggere un mito della letteratura,ma chissene.
Evitatelo come la peste. I guess I’m not good with classics, because apparently most people liked it a lot while I hated it. Balzsc say much more about it because naba of it disappeared from my memory, apart from that bad impress I guess I’m not good with classics, because apparently most people liked it a lot while I hated it. Can’t say much more about it because most of it disappeared from my memory, apart from that bad impression it left me.
There are very few books from a different era, no matter balac famous and popular they were at the time, that read well today. I had never before read Balzac, so I thought I should, and I will try to finish it, but I am not yet enthralled. Have I just spoken heresy? I stopped reading and switched to John LeCarre.
Well, at least I tried, but I never got a sense that the story was going anywhere. Did nothing for me. I didn’t see the point, or even catch the themes; or maybe I did and was just dissapointed that they were thin and uninteresting. This book is more of a run-on sentence than it is a story, more of a stream-of-consciousness belch of words than it is a coherent narrative, more of a challenge to see what a reader can endure than it is anything approaching quality literature.
Balzac’s work reminds me of The Iceman Cometh, where the characters start from nowhere, proceed through doing nothing, and end up where they started, having accomplished nothing at all. That’s how this book runs. I then tried to read it in English translation, but with the same result, and opted out. Jul 24, A. Was it meant to be? Had a huge struggle finishing this one. I really wanted to at least respect this book.
And a couple good sentences encouraged me to place it within the French Pantheon of Cynicism.
Bwlzac I was too completely suffocated by the moralizing speeches which the Honore offers us as a dried and tired meat to chew on. The plot is constructed for those soapboxes. I finished the thing with the duty of a schoolboy. I read this book since it’s one of the classics I felt I had to read in my lifetime.
I understand the meanning of the book, to say the least it is definetly not an uplifting message. I read it in french and have to say that I very much dislike reading french books France from the 19th century. There are too many passages of boring interminable detailed explanations. I just feel like telling Balzac “Oh would you get to the poi I read this book since it’s goriiot of the classics I felt I had to read in my lifetime. I just feel like telling Balzac “Oh would you get to the point already!
I read the first half thoroughly and felt it wasn’t that bad. I can see how this book was a “breakthrough” when it was published in but in todays modern world there are much more interesting things to read out there.
Père Goriot – Wikipedia
My suggestions to whoever wants to read this book: The scholar who wrote the introduction to my edition admits that one of Balzac’s faults as a writer is to include unnecessarily verbose and detailed exposition.
The scholar then goes on to say that Old Goriot is a masterpiece because it doesn’t expose that fault. There’s just too much here. The scholar says that Balzac wrote about real, down-and-dirty French life, and for that reason Old Goriot is a masterpiece. Unfortunately I don’t know enough about how the French lived in t Okay.
Unfortunately I don’t know enough about how the French lived in the 19th century to comment intelligently. I do, however, feel very strongly that this story can’t possibly balaac realistic. Goeiot it drives at the heart bwlzac noble life vs. De ‘vader van de realistische roman’ kan op de zelfde boekenplank als G. Dit boek wekt een afkeer op, zowel voor zichzelf balzca voor haar beschrijvingen en de ellendige eentonigheid waarin ze zich bevinden.
Hierin verder lezen, wordt mij door de auteur – verdienstelijk – onmogelijk Beschrijvingen, beschrijvingen, beschrijvingen.
Hierin verder lezen, wordt mij door de auteur – verdienstelijk – onmogelijk gemaakt. It’s a classic and because it’s a long time since I read the novel, I suppose I should read it again. Because I – rather my inner world – has changed a lot, from those times by various experiences: Gaba, currently I feel it was as interesting and deep as watching the paint drying for pages.
I can only put it down to having read this in translation, but I found the characters both unreal and uninteresting, giriot plot muddled, uneven and unlikely, and the writing uninspiring to the point of being somnifacient. Balzac’s reputation is so high that I must brush up my literary French before I try another.
God this book is horrible. This is the second time I’ve read it for ggoriot and although it was slightly better this time because it was a little easier to understand it still sucked.
It’s so boring and there’s griot point to it. There’s some potential for parts of it to be really good, but it just stops shy of getting all the way there. Definitely would only recommend this to my worst enemies. This is a classic of French literature, but having read this during my college years as part of our French classes, my memories are of one tedious slog, one I couldn’t wait to get over with.
I recall the sentiment baha my fellow classmates echoed mine perfectly. Not a book I’d be looking to get back to, unless I hadn’t anything else to read It was so boring that I kept falling asleep. It was better in French than in English, but the melodrama is overpowering either way. The characters are flat and fickle to the point of void. The most real people were very bqlzac players and the major characters became more and more insufferable as the novel went on.
Ich mag es einfach nicht. Is it necessary for a book to be dreadfully boring and gorioot to be called a classic? It certainly appears so. Again,I had to read this for school. But this is just not for me.
Too many wordy descriptions what the buildings looked like,etc. I just couldn’t finish this.