Father Goriot

Father Goriot

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The novel takes place during the Bourbon Restoration, which brought about profound changes in French society; the struggle of individuals to secure upper-class status is ubiquitous in the book. The city of Paris also impresses itself on the characters – especially young Rastignac, who grew up in the provinces of southern France. Balzac analyzes, through Goriot and others, the nature of family and marriage, providing a pessimistic view of these institutions.

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Language: English

Published in: 1834

Translator: Ellen Marriage

Word count: 103,295 words (≈ about 7 hours)

Source: http://gutenberg.org

Copyright: Public Domain


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