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Book Title: Balzac: Old Goriot|
The author of the book: David Bellos
ISBN 13: 9780521327992
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 21.45 MB
Edition: Cambridge University Press
Date of issue: December 25th 1987
Read full description of the books Balzac: Old Goriot:I can't help but draw comparisons between Balzac and Proust (disclaimer: I have only read one book by each). Balzac's writing style is high energy and informal -- one almost feels like she is in conversation with a young man who knows all the ins and outs of Paris living -- where Proust is plodding and formal. Balzac provides a feel for the Parisian milieu he writes about, and even though he alludes to a great many things that only Parisians at that time would know first-hand, he is quick with explanations so there is no need to run for a reference book or endnotes to understand what or where he is talking about. What I loved most about this book is that this is one of the VERY few that kept me guessing until almost the end. The protagonist goes back and forth, mentally, between whether he should stick to the so-called "virtuous path" or throw caution to the wind and go for broke. I won't give it away because I think that pull is what holds interest right through the very last line of the book which provides the ultimate answer on his final decision.
Read information about the authorDavid Bellos (born 1945) is the director of the Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication at Princeton University, where he is also a professor of French and comparative literature. He has won many awards for his translations of Georges Perec, Ismail Kadare, and others, including the Man Booker International Translator’s Award. He also received the Prix Goncourt for George Perec: A Life in Words.
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