Eugénie Grandet

Eug nie Grandet Depicting the fatal clash between material desires and the liberating power of human passions Honore de Balzac s Eugenie Grandet is translated with an introduction by M A Crawford in Penguin Classics

  • Title: Eugénie Grandet
  • Author: Honoré de Balzac Marion Ayton Crawford
  • ISBN: 9780140440508
  • Page: 320
  • Format: Paperback
  • Depicting the fatal clash between material desires and the liberating power of human passions, Honore de Balzac s Eugenie Grandet is translated with an introduction by M.A Crawford in Penguin Classics In a gloomy house in provincial Saumur, the miser Grandet lives with his wife and daughter, Eugenie, whose lives are stifled and overshadowed by his obsession with gold GuDepicting the fatal clash between material desires and the liberating power of human passions, Honore de Balzac s Eugenie Grandet is translated with an introduction by M.A Crawford in Penguin Classics In a gloomy house in provincial Saumur, the miser Grandet lives with his wife and daughter, Eugenie, whose lives are stifled and overshadowed by his obsession with gold Guarding his piles of glittering treasures and his only child equally closely, he will let no one near them But when the arrival of her handsome cousin, Charles, awakens Eugenie s own desires, her passion brings her into a violent collision with her father that results in tragedy for all Eugenie Grandet is one of the earliest and finest works in Balzac s Comedie humaine cycle, which portrays a society consumed by the struggle to amass wealth and achieve power Here Grandet embodies both the passionate pursuit of money, and the human cost of avarice M A Crawford s lucid translation is accompanied by an introduction discussing the irony and psychological insight of Balzac s characterization, the role of fate in the novel, its setting and historical background.For than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English speaking world With than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up to date translations by award winning translators.

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    1. A tragedy in disguise.This story takes place in the town of Saumur. That is where Eugénie and her normal family live. Her father is a miserly former cooper who hides his fortune from her wife and daughter and forces them to live in an old and frozen house, which he doesn't want to repair because, well, money must be spent and that is exactly what he tries to avoid. Reading this novel made me chuckle several times because let's face it, we have all met a Felix Grandet in real life, at least once [...]

    2. 921. Eugénie Grandet, Honoré de Balzacاوژنی گرانده یا عشق و خست - اونوره دو بالزاک (جاده ابریشم / سپیده، بامداد کتاب) ادبیات فرانسه؛ ناریخ نخستین خوانش: اول آوریل سال 1983 میلادیعنوان: اوژنی گرانده؛ نویسنده: اونوره دو بالزاک؛ مترجم: عبدالله توکل، تهران، زوار، 1328، در 232 ص؛ چاپ سوم 1345؛ در 222 ص؛ چاپ چ [...]

    3. In the work Eugénie Grandet, Honoré de Balzac paints an eloquent portrait of nineteenth-century French society, as well as the prevailing materialism of the time.The story centers on the life of the Grandet family, circumscribed to the unreasonable avarice of their progenitor, who is characterized as an unscrupulous man and who values to the point of exhaustion the brilliance and tinkling of money, symbol of his social and financial ascent. The sobriety of Eugenia's father is such that he rati [...]

    4. Well, this book was kind of hard for me. I guess I liked it, but I would have certainly appreciated it more if I hadn't read others of Balzac's Comédie Humaine. I definitely liked Père Goriot, followed by Cousin Bette. Balzac belongs to the school of European Realism. He excellently draws French life of the first half of the 1800s. In detail. Every room and every face and every everything is described. Nothing wrong with that, but third time around I didn't get anything new. It was while writi [...]

    5. If you are to believe Balzac and Zola, how depressing life must have been in 19th century France. This book is titled for Eugenie, the daughter of the Grandet family, but it should have been titled "Grandet the Miser", because this was really his story, the story of Eugenie's father Felix. He was a miser that even surpasses Dickens Scrooge in his miserliness. You're thinking I didn't like this novel, but I did. Like Zola, Balzac establishes his characters so vividly you can't help but become int [...]

    6. Having never read Balzac, I had no sense of how human and intimate this story would be. The delicacy of Balzac's descriptions of his heroine--the way in which he tries to capture, without judgment, her emotional universe--was really quite surprising and affecting. To be able to document the first blush of love felt by a provincial, perhaps rather small-minded, young woman with sensitivity and care is no simple task. This felt far more complex and thoughtful a treatment of that subject than anyth [...]

    7. Eugenie Grandet is a quiet tragedy. The eponymous character is the quiet and industrious daughter of a miser. His entire life is devoted to making more money, even faking a stutter to put other people off their guard in business transactions. Eugenie has known no other life - every day, she and her mother sit in their freezing sitting room (the fire can only be lit between November and April), mending and sewing. For her, this is not unusual, and she accepts at face value her father's complaints [...]

    8. [Note: I read this novel in March/April 2013 and posted a review in my Asia Sentinel blog on April 12, 2013. I've just dug out the review from my files and am posting it here with some minor changes. Date: April 17, 2017.]What is a miser? The dictionary says it means either one of two types of persons: (1) one who lives very meagerly in order to hoard money; or (2) a greedy or avaricious person. I’ve lately read Honore de Balzac’s famous novel Eugenie Grandet and am impressed with the author [...]

    9. "La vida es un negocio", dice el padre a su hija. La vida, diría yo, es un negocio en el que los intereses están llamados a sepultarnos. Balzac ha tocado todas las fibras de una vida anodina, cualquiera, como es la mía. Violento relato. Con sabiduría profunda, Honoré de Balzac se permite evidenciar mediante un personaje monstruoso (Grandet padre), como diría Huxley, lo que implica el ideal burgués in extremis: desde la vida del tonelero Grandet, viejo avaro y despreciable que vive su vida [...]

    10. Ένα μικρό και αρκετά γρήγορο βιβλίο, η Ευγενία Γκραντέ είναι ότι πρέπει για μια πρώτη εισαγωγή στην κλασσική γαλλική λογοτεχνία και συγκεκριμένα στον ρεαλισμό. Δεν κουράζει, έχει διαρκή εξέλιξη και μια μικρή ανατροπή στο τέλος. Μας γνωρίζει αναλυτικά τον χαρακτήρα του φιλ [...]

    11. What a brilliant piece of writing. The detail used to describe each scene by Blazac paints a picture in your mind. I am reminded of Tolstoy’s War and Peace.The story of the saintly Eugenie trying to live under the thumb of her Miser father is pitiable but a solid read. The life of Monsieur Grandet and his love of gold above all else seems painfully apt in this early part of the 21st century.A classic that holds a place of reverence on my bookshelf.My Rating: 5 starsThis review first appeared: [...]

    12. This was a delight! Eugenie is no conniving female, spoiled brat, or cynical woman of the world. Living in a small town in the wine region far from Paris, she is a sheltered girl, completely without artifice and eventually to become a very wealthy woman. She doesn't know that however. Her father is as miserly as they get. His only goal in life is to acquire further wealth, and yes, he loves to see and count his gold. Some of his financial shenanigans, as well as the currency references, went ove [...]

    13. “Eugénie Grandet” là cuốn tiểu thuyết nằm trong series những thiên tiểu thuyết ”Tấn trò đời” (”La Comédie Humaine”) của nhà văn người Pháp Honoré de Balzac. Và quả đúng như cái tên của series, “Eugénie Grandet” quả thật là một tấn trò đời với đủ mọi hỉ nộ ái ố, mọi nhân vật khác nhau. Chúng ta có ông Grandet keo kiệt, bủn xỉn, thông thạo những mánh kinh doanh nhưng cuối cùng lại đ [...]

    14. Pobre Eugenia, para mí su vida es la historia de una tragedia, no estoy seguro qué exactamente quiso expresar Balzac, si el aburrimiento de la vida provinciana y sus limitaciones, si la pureza de alma y sentimientos o si la cruel realidad de la vida al tener aspiraciones tan fantasiosas fundadas en tan poco sentimiento, o el desengaño lógico por admirar lo nuevo y hermoso por fuera.Hay varias cosas que me aburrieron un poco, primero pues que justo he terminado de leer "El judío de Malta" qu [...]

    15. Ca subiect si ca nivel de abordare, se poate spune -la prima vedere- ca e o carte infantila. In schimb, critica profunda si exacta a moravurilor (in contrast cu frustrarea pe care am avut-o parcurgand paginile si aprofundandu-l tot mai mult pe "mos Grandet") face din "Eugenie Grandet" un roman obiectiv si educational de capatai.

    16. Classics, we are told, are books that “stand the test of time” – that, even after the society that birthed them has passed away, continue to enthrall readers with their complex and relatable characters, their insight into universals of human nature, their artful command of language. I read Eugenie Grandet in translation, so I won’t attempt to pass judgment on its use of language (Raphael’s 1990 translation is acceptable though not impressive in its own right). But the characters, the c [...]

    17. A heartclenching pain-turner of a classic, a perfect manifesto for choosing love over money. The French do desolation and hopelessness so well! Must be the heat. In certain respects, Eugénie gets off lightly. She steals a kiss with her cousin before her bastard father packs him off to the Indies to get rich off slave plantations, and stays a virgin her whole life for that one moment of stolen love. Nowadays, anyone marrying their cousin would be hounded out the hamlet, Daily Mails flung at thei [...]

    18. "Other women bow their heads and suffer in silence; they go their way dying, resigned, weeping, forgiving, praying, and recollecting, till they draw their last breath. This is love, — true love, the love of angels, the proud love which lives upon its anguish and dies of it." (220)Poignant in true Balzacian style, Eugénie Grandet tells the story of a family headed by a cold-hearted miser, who amasses fortunes while living as if he were poor. Selfishness runs through the book, and the society w [...]

    19. This book really made me sad. The whole time I was reading it, I was sad and angry. Sad because both Eugenie and her mother were victims of monsieur Grandet's insanity and angry because monsieur Grandet (and Charles, and pretty much everyone else besides Eugenie) lives and breathes his money. It's irritating, infuriating even. I understand that Balzac portraied the image of the fucked up society of those times, but the story is just plain boring and irritating. Again. Sorry.

    20. Si tuviera que definir en pocas palabras a este libro, usaría una frase bastante trillada pero no menos comunicativa:es más liviano que el aire.Tiene su razón de ser, porque era una novela que se publicaba por entregas y que, por supuesto, necesitaba mantener en vilo al lector para que la “comprara” (en varios sentidos de la palabra) completa. Y la verdad es que resulta. Cuando creía que podía ser una mala elección para estas alturas del año, en donde las neuronas quieren tomarse vaca [...]

    21. Another worthless, boring, classic with all the shittiness of the classics and much more! It's a long-long story about an obsessed with money, pathetic old man, that thinks wealth is more important than l-i-t-e-r-a-l-l-y anything, and plans to accumulate more and more money until the day he dies, even though he's old and rich already, and he doesn't even care about his offspring, and it's all incredibly pointless. Basically all you'll read about is this. The book contains few "side-stories" whic [...]

    22. Letto praticamente in contemporanea con “Anna delle Cinque Città” di Bennett, “Eugenie Grandet”, è una perla di romanzo - che nasce un po’ con l’intento che darà poi ispirazione anche al realista inglese, ovvero ritrarre con occhio disincantato scene della vita di provincia, al fine di tratteggiare i contorni degli aspetti più sconosciuti del proprio paese. Non più solo grandi città e mondanità tout à l’heure, ma anche e soprattutto ignoranza e grandi divergenze sociali. De [...]

    23. Me da la impresión de que si pudiera tomarme una píldora mágica que tras un sueño repentino permitiera despertarme en un pueblo francés del XIX, lo que me encontraría sería exactamente lo que describe Balzac en Eugénie Grandet.Lo deprimente del caso es que más de 150 años después de la publicación de la novela prácticamente nada haya cambiado:- el afán por la acumulación de dinero sigue siendo la máxima que rige nuestra sociedad enferma.- el matrimonio no deja de ser un objetivo [...]

    24. همه ش حس می کردم دارم نمایشنامه می خونم، و البته این حسم با خوندن پیشگفتار مترجم هم تقویت شد که رمان رو به تراژدی های کلاسیک تشبیه کرده بود و باباگرانده رو به شخصیت هایی مثل اتللو و مکبث. که کاملاً تشبیه به جاییه درست مثل اتللو و مکبث باباگرانده از اون شخصیت های نفرت انگیزیه که [...]

    25. Since I had to spend hours sitting in the doctor's office this morning with my daughter, I took my kindle and got caught up in this story. Talk about a love story full of intrigue and backstabbing and heartache.Eugenie is a lovely girl with an awful father. He was a cask maker in a town that depended on the vineyards for survival. From cask maker he progressed up society's ladder and soon was a wealthy man. His big problem was he was so tight with his money. His wife had brought money into the m [...]

    26. El estilo narrativo del autor nos acerca, como desde detrás de una lupa, a una familia de provincias francesa cuyo padre lleva la figura del avaro hasta unos límites grotescos. El resto de los habitantes de su humilde casa (su esposa, su hija y su criada) viven al son de sus prohibiciones y limitaciones desde que sale el sol hasta que se pone, desconocedoras de que en realidad el tío Grandet guarda más millones de los que podría gastar. Tras una breve introducción, la llegada de su sobrino [...]

    27. Eugénie Grandet, insanın hem habis, cimri yönlerini hemde en saf hallerini bir arada okura sunan bir eser. Okurken iki zıt tutumla da karşılaşıyorsunuz. Grandet, çok zengin ama bir o kadarda cimri bir fıçıcıdır. Kitapta bir yandan Grandet Baba'nın servetini nasıl elde ettiğini ve koruduğunu okurken, bir yandan da kızının masum aşkına ve saf duygularına tanıklık ediyoruz. Kitabı okurken karakterler sizi sık sık şaşırtıyor ve cimriliğin, kötü duyguların insanla [...]

    28. I read this after a long, unfulfilling, opaque, modernist novel. Suffice to say, my palate is cleansed. As ever, Balzac, despite the fact that he couldn't write a decent sentence if you gave him a copy of Gide's collected works and told him you didn't mind if he plagiarized one, holds your attention by exaggerating everything to absurd dimensions, including his sense of his own importance. You want to know what capitalism looks like? It looks like this. Grandet makes Scrooge look like some soft- [...]

    29. “Gli avari non credono nella vita futura, poiché per essi il presente è tutto, e questo stesso concetto diffonde una luce orribile sul mondo odierno, ove più che mai il denaro domina leggi, politica e costumi. Istituzioni, libri, uomini e dottrina cospirano insieme a scuotere la fede in un’altra vita, fede su cui da diciotto secoli si basa l’edifizio sociale”Dopo “illusioni perdute”, un altro romanzo balzachiano in cui i protagonisti, al termine delle vicende narrate, si ritrovano [...]

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