The Spin Has Spun ….

…. and I am very pleased with the result.

I knew that I would be, because I really wanted to read every one of the books on my spin list. But I’m particularly pleased with this one, because it’s by an author I’ve wanted to read for a long time, because it’s been on my list from the very start, and because I think it will contrast well with the other books I have in mind to read this month.

Number two brought me:

‘Old Goriot’ by Honoré de Balzac (1835)


“Monsieur Goriot is one of a select group of lodgers at Madame Vauquer’s Parisian boarding house. At first his wealth inspires respect, but as his circumstances are reduced he is shunned by those around him, and soon his only remaining visitors are two beautiful, mysterious young women. Goriot claims that they are his daughters, but his fellow boarders, including master criminal Vautrin, have other ideas. And when Eugène Rastignac, a poor but ambitious law student, learns the truth, he decides to turn it to his advantage. Old Goriot is one of the key novels of Balzac’s Comédie Humaine series, and a compelling examination of two obsessions, love and money. Witty and brilliantly detailed, it is a superb study of the bourgeoisie in the years following the French Revolution.~

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Did you spin?

What are you going to read this month?

25 responses

  1. I read this while I was a French major, in college – before switching to history. I remember very little of it, and I’ve always meant to re-read it, and to read more of Balzac. I hope you enjoy it!

  2. It does sound like one that will be a little different . I haven’t read Balzac either but hope you enjoy it and will look forward to your thoughts.

  3. This is another author who intimidates me …but I await your thoughts! I know I end up going your way most of the time, this may be one of those instances. Enjoy!

    • Thank you. I nearly read Cousin Bette a few years ago, but I found that my copy had been mis-bound and then I was drawn to this one. If I like it I suspect I’ll be ordering another copy of Cousin Bette.

    • I can understand that – I have a week’s holiday the week after next, so I decided I could read a spin book without compromising my Trollope Time. I’ve just finished Cousin Henry and I have Ayala’s Angel lined up.

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