Father Goriot by Honoré de Balzac

Le Père Goriot
Father Goriot
Also translated as Old Goriot

This masterpiece is another example of Balzac’s skill at depicting the complexity of human behaviour.  He uses a boarding house as a setting to show the deleterious impact of social mobility in post-revolutionary Paris…the irony is, of course, that all this inequity takes place after the Revolution which was meant to end it. Continue reading