Gobseck Here we have perhaps Balzac’s best short work, named simply (after the title character) Gobseck. The story begins as a flashback. Jean-Esther van Gobseck is an amazing Scrooge-like character who has reduced his entire life to the acquisition of wealth Honore de Balzac. Complete summary of Honoré Balzac’s Gobseck. of , two persons not members of the Vicomtesse de Grandlieu’s family were still in her salon.
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Gobseck began as a cabin boy and worked his way up while traveling around the world. He bapzac rich and a miser. His philosophy of never helping anyone because “adversity is the greatest of all teachers” balac well known. He also believed that all the peoples of the world were really very much alike because money was the greatest common denominator. Paperback52 pages. Published November 3rd by Hard Press first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Gobseckplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Tome 1 par M. View all 3 comments. Vale per tutti i testi di Balzac, ma qui in modo particolarmente concentrato: View all 4 comments. Jun 22, Henry Martin rated it really liked it Shelves: An interesting little story, which indirectly continues the tale started in Father Goriot.
While the main theme in the story is avarice, there is a thin thread of continuity that touches upon the fate of Mme. As in in his other works, Balzac superbly depicts the passing nature of fame and gogseck, of the honroe power within the noble circles, and of the harsh reality that is paid for the An interesting little story, which indirectly continues the tale started in Father Goriot.
As in in his other works, Balzac superbly depicts the passing gobsecck of fame and popularity, of balzc perceived power within the noble circles, and honre the harsh reality that is paid for the privileges. In reality, it is man like Gobseck that hold the real power over gobeck elite and poor alike, a man whose supreme intelligence and life experiences enable him to penetrate the thoughts and desires of his clientele before the thoughts and desires even become reality.
Unfortunately, even someone as calculated as Gobseck has his faults, and succumbs to his own greed. A fine portrayal of the mind of an usurer. Free download available at Project Gutenberg. Honroe 05, Arquero rated it liked it. Mar 10, Esteban rated it really liked it. Encore une fois on a un avare extraordinaire et pas sympathique.
Heuresement, cette conte est tres courte. Nov 01, Liedzeit rated it really liked it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Dieser junge Mann habe allerdings kein Geld und seine Familie sei zweifelhaft. Jul 14, Lika rated it it was ok. The name Gobseck became a common word, that symbolizes a greedy person.
First, he liked investing in smart projects, smart people, who could meet the expectations. Life made him wise enough to recognize people at one sight.
So, he recognized who were Maxime, and he recognized who were Derville. As an experienced man, he wanted to give a lesson to young, to make them stronger: I also The name Gobseck became a common word, that symbolizes a greedy person.
I also liked the last conversation between Gobseck and Derville- it showed that Gobseck is not as bad a man. Anyway, I don’t defend his materialism-with-no-limits and keeping the fish in the room for a “black day”. Dec 19, Mariam Universe rated it it was amazing. Derville lui apprend qu’elle vient de ruiner l’avenir de ses deux enfants. Il existe deux hommes en lui: Em Pai Goriot, Anastasia de Restaud, filha de Goriot, precisa de dinheiro a fim de encobrir seus erros e recorre ao agiota judeu de origem holandesa Gobseck.
Se eu morresse deixando filhos, ele seria o tutor deles. In the course of the story, we learn that Gobseck has a soft spot in his flinty heart for Derville and the Comte de Restaud, and works to guarantee that the spendthrift wife does not get her hand on the assets, which include a fortune in rare Asian diamonds she had to offer in pawn to Gobseck in exchange for a paltry 50, francs.
Gobseck, by Honoré de Balzac
The whole story is a flashback in which Derville explains to his friend the Vicomtesse de Grandlieu that Ernest, the young heir of the Restaud family, would be a valuable suitor for the Vicomtesse’s daughter Camille. Too bad there aren’t any more current translations about.
Here, through a mouth of young lawyer we hear a story of a greedy loan shark is there any other type of this kind of people? In contrary to today’s superficial writers Balzac is very profound in describing characters and businesses of his contemporaries.
He dissect the true nature of Gobsek with such a persuasiveness that I had a feeling that he is sitting next to me.
One of Balzac’s features is that he uses the same characters in different stories.
Gobseck by Honoré de Balzac
Here, Old Father Goriot is mentioned, in some others Gobsek will be. I can’t wait for the next Saturday and new adventures of Balzac’s heroes or better say antiheroes. Jul 29, Connie Hodges rated it really liked it. Like all books by Balzac, this book provides an interesting insight into the mentality of the author. The exaggerated mannerisms of the aristocratic set coupled with very personal spins on the way other classes think and behave make all Balzac books a pleasurable experience.
Without spoiling the story, be prepared for somewhat archaic language and certain passages that are rather dry and seemingly verbose. Be patient and drink in the whole work because the entire work is very rewarding for those Like all books by Balzac, this book provides an interesting insight into the mentality of the author.
Be patient and drink in the whole work because the entire work is very rewarding for those who appreciate classic French authors and the history of France and the French language. I suggest reading a good biography on Balzac himself to gain further insight into how best to understand and appreciate this book and all works by Balzac.
Gobseck – a tutorial and study guide
Nov 29, 99monkees rated it really liked it. I was drawn to Gobseck after reading David Harvey and it totally expanded my expectations. I primarily read past tense non-fiction, and find it difficult to immerse myself yobseck an author’s world if it conflicts with mine too much.
So tip toeing around Victorian literature and stepping into Gobseck was a relief. It’s an up close, in your face, day-to-day account of Mr. Gonseck and all the shitty things he does to people of all strata – sometimes nasty other times sweet. And being a true literary I was drawn to Gobseck after reading David Harvey and it totally expanded my expectations. And being a true literary master, Balzac spins off metaphors and associations that illuminate the interconnecting fabric of life.
Feb 19, Ali rated it it was ok Shelves: Ir galiausiai prisiminiau, ogi S. Jul 19, Tasia rated it really liked it Recommends it for: The novel didn’t leave much to say, as it did not rise deep feelings. It shows greed and it shows superior intelligence of a man, who’s seen life from different views, but which takes its wrong turn, blinded by the greed. Not much to say, though I am happy for Ernest de Restaud, who’s grown up as a well-natured and hard-working young man, partly because of the hardships his mother has inflicted on him.
Dec 10, Yves rated it really liked it. Gobseck is a marvelous sketch of a money-lender and miser in Paris during the early part of the nineteenth century. It gives us Gobseck’s history through the eyes of Derville who later becomes the attorney for Colonel Chabert. Episodic in nature, the story moves rapidly, touching not only on Gobseck but on other characters of The Human Comedy. Dec 30, Lisa rated it did not like it Shelves: I don’t like any representation of Jews as misers and usurers, though I know that Balzac was only doing what was common.
The main interest for me in this story was Gobseck’s potential heiress, “La Torpille” who shows up in Scenes from a Courtesan’s Life. Oct 22, Terri rated it liked it. It’s no Pere Goriot. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Due to his keen observation of fine detail and unfiltered representation of society, Balzac is regarded as one of the founders of realism in European literature.
He is renowned for his multi-faceted characters; even his lesser characters are complex, morally ambiguous and fully human. Inanimate objects are imbued with character as well; the city of Paris, a backdrop for much of his writing, takes on many human qualities.
Many of Balzac’s works have been made into films, and they continue to inspire other writers. An enthusiastic reader and independent thinker as a child, Balzac had trouble adapting himself to the teaching style of his grammar school. His willful nature caused trouble throughout his life, and frustrated his ambitions to succeed in the world of business.
When he finished school, Balzac was apprenticed as a legal clerk, but he turned his back on law after wearying of its inhumanity and banal routine. Before and during his career as a writer, he attempted to be a publisher, printer, businessman, critic, and politician.