Let’s read “Le Père Goriot” ("Old Man Goriot") by Balzac. Balzac has been called the father of the realistic novel, and has been an influence on Proust, Flaubert, Faulkner, and many other writers. “Pere Goriot” is part of Balzac’s 91-volume “Comedie Humaine”. The sculptor Auguste Rodin described Balzac as “a genius, who in his little room, is able to reconstruct bit by bit the entire structure of his society and to expose life in all its tumultuousness for his contemporaries and for all generations to come”. “Le Père Goriot” , set in Paris in 1819, is Balzac’s most famous novel.