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Father Goriot (version 2)

Honoré de Balzac

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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

Father Goriot (Le Père Goriot), published in 1835, is widely considered to be Balzac's finest and most popular novel. It is set in Paris in 1819, after Napoleon's defeat and the restoration of the Bourbon monarchy. France was undergoing massive social upheaval, as the new bourgeoisie jockeyed for position alongside the old aristocracy. Against this backdrop, we follow the lives of Goriot, an old man who irrationally dotes on his daughters; Vautrin, a shadowy criminal mastermind; and Rastignac, a young man from the provinces who studies how to navigate the complexities and climb the ladder of Parisian society. Balzac's masterful use of physical and psychological detail makes this book a landmark in the development of realism in western literature. - Summary by Bruce Pirie

Language:

English

Narrators:

Bruce Pirie

Length:

11h 27m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

43:18


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

32:55


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

17:52


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

24:58


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

11:08


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

29:34


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

48:59


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

26:25


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

49:07


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

46:32


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

45:28


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

43:31


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

41:33


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

41:43


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

36:32


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

42:26


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

43:43


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

30:46


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

31:07