[Novel] Father Goriot (Honore de Balzac)

Pere Goriot

A book that very effectively illustrates how being a good person is the fastest way to get yourself ruined in a higher society, regardless of age.

Positive: Negative:
Interesting, profound characters Extremely dense, cumbersome prose
Thought-provoking on the ills of excessive altruism The pacing can get tad slow at parts
Enlightening on French society in XIXth century

 

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