Pere Goriot

Pere Goriot

By Honore De Balzac; Henry Reed (Translator); Henry Reed (Afterword by)

Signet Book, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780451529596, 320pp.

Publication Date: December 7, 2004

Description
"Pere Goriot "can rightly be regarded as one of the greatest of Balzac's novels, writes Henry Reed of this masterful study of a father who sacrifices everything for his daughters. This novel marked the true beginning of Balzac's towering project "La Com"e"die Humaine," his series of novels and short stories depicting the whole pell-mell of civilization. In "Pere Goriot," the great novelist probes the bourgeois tragedy of money and power from two different directions. While Goriot is willingly reduced to poverty to support his ambitious daughters, an impoverished young man of integrity becomes money hungry. Attracted to one of Goriot's daughters, Rastignac succumbs to the fever of social climbing. The resulting tale is a commentary on wealth and human desire that still rings true in the twenty-first century.
Translated and with an Afterword by Henry Reed
and with an Introduction by Peter Brooks.


About the Author
A prolific writer, Honore de Balzac (1799-1850) is generally regarded, along with Gustave Flaubert, as a founding father of realism in European literature, and as one of France's greatest fiction writers.

Henry M. Reed became interested in A. B. Frost in 1963, while working as an independent insirance agent

Henry M. Reed became interested in A. B. Frost in 1963, while working as an independent insirance agent


Praise For Pere Goriot

“The greatest novelist who ever lived.”—W. Somerset Maugham
 
“A man of genius.”—Victor Hugo