Eugene wants to get on in the world. So he has come to Paris, where the streets teem with chancers, criminals and social climbers and everyone is out for what they can get. When he finds a place to stay at a shabby boarding house, he sees a potential plan to make a fortune: the two beautiful, aristocratic women who mysteriously come at night to visit the lonely old lodger Goriot. Could they bring him the status and acceptance he craves? In the city nothing is as it seems though. Soon Eugene gets out of his depth in a world of greed and obsession that he could never have imagined. One that can only end in terrible tragedy.
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Balzac's great theme was money, and he explored its uses and abuses with all the particularity of the masterful poet he was. Old Goriot, betrayed by rapacious daughters, and Rastignac, an ambitious provincial youth alive to his opportunities, form the twin foci around which the grasping Parisian society of the 1820s revolves, in this, his most economical and universally loved novel.From the Inside Flap:
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Book Description Penguin Classic, 2006. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110141023392
Book Description Penguin Classic. MASS MARKET PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0141023392 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.3023831
Book Description Penguin Classics, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0141023392
Book Description Penguin Classic, 2006. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0141023392