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Father Goriot

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Father Goriot by Honoré de Balzac is a captivating and thought-provoking novel that delves into the complexities of human nature and societal expectations. The story follows the lives of various characters living in a boarding house owned by the titular character, Father Goriot. As the plot unfolds, we are introduced to the inner workings of the characters' minds and the lengths they are willing to go to achieve their desires.

Balzac's writing is rich with detail and vivid imagery, painting a vivid picture of life in 19th-century Paris. The characters are well-developed and multi-dimensional, each with their own flaws and motivations. Father Goriot himself is a tragic figure, a man who sacrifices everything for his daughters' happiness only to be betrayed and abandoned by them in return.

The novel explores themes of love, ambition, greed, and the harsh realities of social class. It is a poignant commentary on the destructive nature of materialism and the lengths people will go to achieve social status. Overall, Father Goriot is a compelling read that will leave readers reflecting on the darker aspects of human nature long after they have finished the book.

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One of Balzac's most popular works, set around 1815 during the re-ascendancy of the Bourbon kings following the defeat of Napoleon. Said to have been an inspiration to Charles Dickens and Henry James as well as others, the novel seeks to portray the realism of scenes and people. It is also a commentary upon the changing social strata and mores of the day.

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