One of the most touching and heartbreaking stories ever written, Father Goriot is considered by many to be a classic and is one of Balzac's most enduring works.
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A sad tale.
Well, if it weren't so true, about so many families, it would be fiction, but it is fact. Not a happy read, but so informative about French culture in the early 1800's and the emotions and the recounting of feelings, integrity, lack thereof, etc. and parricide is as much true today. I recommend the book.