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A wonderful novel, read in a plummy accent appropriate to the era.
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This is an old books on tape reading with a very rough and ready fellow reading without rehearsal and often at cross purposes to a character's sentiments. One actually hears him slowing down when encountering difficult passages. In the final scene, when the eponymous character is raving in agony and psychological turmoil, the reader performs as though Goriot were a shopkeeper who had been asked his opinion about the most recent recession. The story is good, but the translation is so wooden that the characters read like emotionally challenged robots.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Tremendous tale of woe as Goriot's daughters display utter lack of feeling as they exploit their father's love.
A picture of the preoccupations of 19th century France and the development of Rastignac from innocent youth from the country to would-be city sophiticate. How does his integrity survive the temptations of worldly success?
Walter Covell's reading is, sadly, desultory at times which spoils the atmosphere which Balzac creates so masterfully.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
Pere Goriot offers fascinating insights into social turmoil in early 19th Century France. Balzac's "realist" style contributes to great descriptions of life at various levels of French society and the venality of its citizens. It's a pretty bleak indictment of institutions such as marriage and none of the characters have any redeeming features. It's supposed to be based on King Lear but there's no Cordelia! The reading is quite weak and the dialogue comes across as wooden.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful