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Father Goriot by Honore de Balzac

Father Goriot

by Honore de Balzac

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11 Hrs. 30 Min.
Balzac's Father Goriot is the author and playwright's most popular novel, a study of three individuals as they try to try to climb a shifting social latter during a period in French history where social structures were constricting and poverty often led to desperation. Balzac focuses his narrative on a boarding house in Paris, where the old man Goriot, a criminal in hiding, and an impressionable law student all find themselves living and sometimes struggling together towards a better life in the city. As they interface with each other, their families and fortunes intertwine with fatal results. Written in a realistic style that was cutting edge for its time, Balzac's pessimistic exploration of city life and the compromises we make in order to gain upward mobility offers a timeless critique that still rings true to modern readers. Bruce Pirie narrates this recording and gives proper attention to the characters and world that make the book so memorable.

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