Eugenie Grandet

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0119991108

Juliet Stevenson reads Balzac's novel, a story of the power of avarice and the pity of unrequited passion in provincial France.

Translated by Sylvia Raphael, abridged by Doreen Estall (1/10).

0219991109

Juliet Stevenson reads Balzac's novel in a translation by Sylvia Raphael, abridged by Doreen Estall (2/10).

0319991110

Juliet Stevenson reads Balzac's novel in a translation by Sylvia Raphael, abridged by Doreen Estall (3/10).

0419991111

Juliet Stevenson reads Balzac's novel in a translation by Sylvia Raphael, abridged by Doreen Estall (4/10).

0519991112

Juliet Stevenson reads Balzac's novel in a translation by Sylvia Raphael, abridged by Doreen Estall (5/10).

0619991115

Juliet Stevenson reads Balzac's novel about an old miser who will destroy his daughter's hopes of happiness.

Translated by Sylvia Raphael, abridged by Doreen Estall (6/10).

Grandet pulls off a master stroke as Eugenie discovers the depth of her beloved cousin's plight.

0719991116

Juliet Stevenson reads Balzac's novel in a translation by Sylvia Raphael, abridged by Doreen Estall (7/10).

0819991117

Juliet Stevenson reads Balzac's novel in a translation by Sylvia Raphael, abridged by Doreen Estall (8/10).

0919991118

Juliet Stevenson reads Balzac's novel in a translation by Sylvia Raphael, abridged by Doreen Estall (9/10).

10 LAST19991119

Juliet Stevenson reads the final instalment of Balzac's novel in a translation by Sylvia Raphael, abridged by Doreen Estall

012014072720140802

Rose Tremain's gripping dramatisation, starring Ian McKellen, of Balzac's tragic novel revolving around Grandet, an ageing vine farmer, and his innocent young daughter Eugenie.

Monsieur Grandet, who has amassed a considerable fortune, is a miser who feigns poverty and runs his household along miserably frugal lines. All changes with the arrival of Eugenie's handsome 22-year-old cousin, Charles Grandet, from Paris. Charles has brought with him a shocking letter from his father, Guillaume, who has committed suicide. He has placed his debts and the care of his son into his brother's hands. It is a fatal decision, with ruinous consequences for the whole family.

Eugenie Grandet is considered by many to be the strongest novel in Balzac's magnificent series, The Human Comedy. It pits a young naive girl against the father she has worshipped and this defiance sets us on course for the playing out of a heart-rending tragedy. Like King Lear, Grandet is a man who deeply loves the daughter who has defied him. He has no other child, no hope, no future but her. But in Balzac's 'human comedy' the tragic and the comic exist side by side and this fruitful conjunction blossoms in Rose Tremain's enthralling adaptation.

Cello and Treble Recorder: Alison Baldwin

Original Music: Lucinda Mason Brown

Produced and directed by Gordon House

A Goldhawk Essential production for BBC Radio 4.

Rose Tremain's gripping dramatisation of Balzac's novel stars Ian McKellen as Grandet.

012014072720140802

Rose Tremain's gripping dramatisation of Balzac's novel stars Ian McKellen as Grandet.

Rose Tremain's gripping dramatisation, starring Ian McKellen, of Balzac's tragic novel revolving around Grandet, an ageing vine farmer, and his innocent young daughter Eugenie.

Monsieur Grandet, who has amassed a considerable fortune, is a miser who feigns poverty and runs his household along miserably frugal lines. All changes with the arrival of Eugenie's handsome 22-year-old cousin, Charles Grandet, from Paris. Charles has brought with him a shocking letter from his father, Guillaume, who has committed suicide. He has placed his debts and the care of his son into his brother's hands. It is a fatal decision, with ruinous consequences for the whole family.

Eugenie Grandet is considered by many to be the strongest novel in Balzac's magnificent series, The Human Comedy. It pits a young naive girl against the father she has worshipped and this defiance sets us on course for the playing out of a heart-rending tragedy. Like King Lear, Grandet is a man who deeply loves the daughter who has defied him. He has no other child, no hope, no future but her. But in Balzac's 'human comedy' the tragic and the comic exist side by side and this fruitful conjunction blossoms in Rose Tremain's enthralling adaptation.

Cello and Treble Recorder: Alison Baldwin

Original Music: Lucinda Mason Brown

Produced and directed by Gordon House

A Goldhawk Essential production for BBC Radio 4.

02 LAST2014080320140809

The final part of Rose Tremain's gripping dramatisation of Balzac's Eugenie Grandet, starring Ian McKellen as Eugenie's miserly father and Alison Pettit as his lovelorn daughter.

Monsieur Grandet, who has amassed a considerable fortune, is a miser who feigns poverty and runs his household along miserably frugal lines. All changes with the arrival of Eugenie's handsome 22-year-old cousin, Charles Grandet, from Paris. Charles has brought with him a shocking letter from his father, Guillaume, who has committed suicide. He has placed his debts and the care of his son into his brother's hands. It is a fatal decision, with ruinous consequences for the whole family.

Eugenie Grandet is considered by many to be the strongest novel in Balzac's magnificent series, The Human Comedy. It pits a young naive girl against the father she has worshipped and this defiance sets us on course for the playing out of a heart-rending tragedy. Like King Lear, Grandet is a man who deeply loves the daughter who has defied him. He has no other child, no hope, no future but her. But in Balzac's 'human comedy' the tragic and the comic exist side by side and this fruitful conjunction blossoms in Rose Tremain's enthralling adaptation.

Cello and Treble Recorder: Alison Baldwin

Original Music: Lucinda Mason Brown

Produced and directed by Gordon House

A Goldhawk Essential production for BBC Radio 4.

02 LAST2014080320140809

The final part of Rose Tremain's gripping dramatisation of Balzac's Eugenie Grandet, starring Ian McKellen as Eugenie's miserly father and Alison Pettit as his lovelorn daughter.

Monsieur Grandet, who has amassed a considerable fortune, is a miser who feigns poverty and runs his household along miserably frugal lines. All changes with the arrival of Eugenie's handsome 22-year-old cousin, Charles Grandet, from Paris. Charles has brought with him a shocking letter from his father, Guillaume, who has committed suicide. He has placed his debts and the care of his son into his brother's hands. It is a fatal decision, with ruinous consequences for the whole family.

Eugenie Grandet is considered by many to be the strongest novel in Balzac's magnificent series, The Human Comedy. It pits a young naive girl against the father she has worshipped and this defiance sets us on course for the playing out of a heart-rending tragedy. Like King Lear, Grandet is a man who deeply loves the daughter who has defied him. He has no other child, no hope, no future but her. But in Balzac's 'human comedy' the tragic and the comic exist side by side and this fruitful conjunction blossoms in Rose Tremain's enthralling adaptation.

Cello and Treble Recorder: Alison Baldwin

Original Music: Lucinda Mason Brown

Produced and directed by Gordon House

A Goldhawk Essential production for BBC Radio 4.