Thérèse Raquin

Thérèse Raquin

One of Zola's most famous realist novels, Therese Raquin is a clinically observed, sinister tale of adultery and murder among the lower classes in nineteenth-century Parisian society. Set in the claustrophobic atmosphere of a dingy haberdasher's shop in the passage du Pont-Neuf in Paris, this powerful novel tells how the heroine and her lover, Laurent, kill her husband, Cam One of Zola's most famous realist novels, Therese Raquin is a clinically observed, sinister tale of adultery and murd...

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Title:Thérèse Raquin
Author:Émile Zola
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Number of Pages:201 pages pages

Thérèse Raquin Reviews

  • karen
    May 24, 2009

    You don't need another Coca Cola Or the latest Francis Ford Coppola You don't need a holiday in Angola You need this novel by Emile Zola It's raw like a bad case of ebola It's atomic like gay enola Not pretty like a gladiola Or sweet like a tune from a old victrola He told the ...

    You know how it is. Your mother marries you to your sexless cousin and in silent defiance you enter a torrid affair with a peasant painter. All those hours spent humouring the dull man in your dreary shop, waiting for your next animalistic tussle with your fiery lover. Then one day, yo...

    This is the kind of book you survive, an obstacle course for masochists , the only people who will truly love it, don't get me wrong a very talented writer in his first important novel shows his skill, but he has a tendency to wallow in misery, giving a reader too many painful scenes. ...

    Smiling! Realising the inappropriate reaction to my second reading of Zola's early duel with murderous passion, I try to look concerned or appalled or just plain disgusted, like his contemporary audience. In his preface, he complains about the critics hating the novel for all t...

    Introduction, by Adam Thorpe A Note on the Translation Acknowledgments --Thrse Raquin Notes ...

    Somewhere within the spectrum occupied by anything from Romeo and Juliet to Tromeo and Juliet, there is a well-trodden path full of whispers, whimpers and piercing screams about the miseries of the love process. Whether you are tragically in love with your enemy's hottie boomdottie twe...

    Usually when I review a book I try to allot the stars not by the audiobook's narration but by the author's words and content. With this book I am awarding four stars but it is partially due to Kate Winslet's fantastic narration. She is as you must know a famous actress. I strongly beli...

    and here i thought thomas hardy was cruel to his characters... this book doesnt take long to turn into slow torture for crimes committed, and it gets darker and more dramatic until it reaches the heights of opera-vengeance. its very tempting as a modern reader to question the character...

  • Paul Bryant
    Sep 30, 2007

    You don't need another Coca Cola Or the latest Francis Ford Coppola You don't need a holiday in Angola You need this novel by Emile Zola It's raw like a bad case of ebola It's atomic like gay enola Not pretty like a gladiola Or sweet like a tune from a old victrola He told the ...

  • Jessica
    Jul 30, 2014

    You don't need another Coca Cola Or the latest Francis Ford Coppola You don't need a holiday in Angola You need this novel by Emile Zola It's raw like a bad case of ebola It's atomic like gay enola Not pretty like a gladiola Or sweet like a tune from a old victrola He told the ...

    You know how it is. Your mother marries you to your sexless cousin and in silent defiance you enter a torrid affair with a peasant painter. All those hours spent humouring the dull man in your dreary shop, waiting for your next animalistic tussle with your fiery lover. Then one day, yo...

    This is the kind of book you survive, an obstacle course for masochists , the only people who will truly love it, don't get me wrong a very talented writer in his first important novel shows his skill, but he has a tendency to wallow in misery, giving a reader too many painful scenes. ...

    Smiling! Realising the inappropriate reaction to my second reading of Zola's early duel with murderous passion, I try to look concerned or appalled or just plain disgusted, like his contemporary audience. In his preface, he complains about the critics hating the novel for all t...

    Introduction, by Adam Thorpe A Note on the Translation Acknowledgments --Thrse Raquin Notes ...

    Somewhere within the spectrum occupied by anything from Romeo and Juliet to Tromeo and Juliet, there is a well-trodden path full of whispers, whimpers and piercing screams about the miseries of the love process. Whether you are tragically in love with your enemy's hottie boomdottie twe...

    Usually when I review a book I try to allot the stars not by the audiobook's narration but by the author's words and content. With this book I am awarding four stars but it is partially due to Kate Winslet's fantastic narration. She is as you must know a famous actress. I strongly beli...

    and here i thought thomas hardy was cruel to his characters... this book doesnt take long to turn into slow torture for crimes committed, and it gets darker and more dramatic until it reaches the heights of opera-vengeance. its very tempting as a modern reader to question the character...

    "The Arcade of the Pont Neuf is not a place for a stroll. You take it to make a short cut, to gain a few minutes. It is traversed by busy people whose sole aim is to go quick and straight before them? The arcade now assumes the aspect of a regular cut-throat alley. Great shadows stre...

    I read this book with morbid fascination, following with horror the deterioration of the sanity of the two main characters, Therese and Laurent. It's not a pleasant book to read. Quite the opposite. Zola wrote this book for men, not women. He didn't intend it to be regarded as a novel ...

    This book is alive. From the first to the last I saw the story came to life and I was drawn so completely in. It made my heart beat a little faster, and even now I have put the book down, slept and lived through another day, it is still in my head and my heart. On one hand the story...

    This short novel (the weakest of the four Zola's I have read so far) is a tale of lust, madness and destruction set within the brooding, dingy backstreets of Paris. Not the back streets I know and love of today!. The eponymous protagonist, a repressed and silently resentful young woman...

    I Love Nature & Natural, but No More Novels of Naturalism In my voracity for reading most of the so-called classic novels, I read this short one without knowing much about it, nor did I read (until later) the preface in which Zola says this is a study of temperaments and not cha...

    Very scary, very dark and definitely wonderful. Could not put this down. I learned about evil in this book. ...

    Superb. Reading Zola surely sets the bar - I'd say he is the French Hardy but although they are both masters of their art and certainly like to dwell in the downer side of town, Zola deals with the city and the impact of the immediate environment and people on the psyche of the individ...

    Thrse Raquin is Dostoyevsky's re-imagination of Macbeth, channeled through mile Zola. Its a claustrophobic tale of murder and adultery that sets the scene for many modern French Romance novels to come. Taking the simplicity of the plot into consideration, I was pleasantly surp...

    The shortest and most readable books from the 20-vol Rougon-Macquart cycle but perhaps not the best one to start with. 'Germinal' more gives the full heavy, 19th C saga-with-issues flavour of Zola. ...

    Therese Raquin is not a very good novel. It does, however, have some very interesting parts. If you are a fan of noir fiction, you will easily pick up on some classic elements of the genre: two loser-lovers, a weak and whiney husband, a cast of additional characters that you also don?...

    Zola's preface to the second edition of this novel, which is included in the audiobook version I listened to, confirms that the work caused quite a sensation when it was first published in 1867. In the preface, Zola defends himself against charges of obscenity and states that the nov...

    Therese Raquin is Madame Bovary on steroids. The young Zola was impressed by Bovary, and its influence is clear throughout Raquin - but he ratchets every aspect of the story up, for better and...well, mostly for worse; this isn't as good as Bovary. Mainly that's because Zola is no m...

    Wow was that depressing! The first half reminded me of Poe's The Tell Tale Heart, the second half was akin to a Shakespearean tragedy. ...

    Zola Zola Zola. Will we ever go through a novel of yours without someone being murdered, attempted to be murdered, or at least plotted to be? No, I am not complaining, it does not feel repetitive at all, at least not in a negative way. What we see here is typical gritty and savag...

    This 19th century novel of murder and passion seemed promising at first. Zola creates a dark, detailed world that becomes nightmarish. But it devolves into a monotonous, melodramatic morality tale that I was glad to finish. I'm glad I finally read Zola though. Check. ...

    This was my first e-book -- the dealer gave me an iPad when I leased my car, and since I was heading out of town I decided to try it out by downloading this "book," which was free. I think I would've read it a lot quicker if it had been a real book, but who wants to deal with some weir...

  • Chrissie
    Jun 23, 2014

    You don't need another Coca Cola Or the latest Francis Ford Coppola You don't need a holiday in Angola You need this novel by Emile Zola It's raw like a bad case of ebola It's atomic like gay enola Not pretty like a gladiola Or sweet like a tune from a old victrola He told the ...

    You know how it is. Your mother marries you to your sexless cousin and in silent defiance you enter a torrid affair with a peasant painter. All those hours spent humouring the dull man in your dreary shop, waiting for your next animalistic tussle with your fiery lover. Then one day, yo...

    This is the kind of book you survive, an obstacle course for masochists , the only people who will truly love it, don't get me wrong a very talented writer in his first important novel shows his skill, but he has a tendency to wallow in misery, giving a reader too many painful scenes. ...

    Smiling! Realising the inappropriate reaction to my second reading of Zola's early duel with murderous passion, I try to look concerned or appalled or just plain disgusted, like his contemporary audience. In his preface, he complains about the critics hating the novel for all t...

    Introduction, by Adam Thorpe A Note on the Translation Acknowledgments --Thrse Raquin Notes ...

    Somewhere within the spectrum occupied by anything from Romeo and Juliet to Tromeo and Juliet, there is a well-trodden path full of whispers, whimpers and piercing screams about the miseries of the love process. Whether you are tragically in love with your enemy's hottie boomdottie twe...

    Usually when I review a book I try to allot the stars not by the audiobook's narration but by the author's words and content. With this book I am awarding four stars but it is partially due to Kate Winslet's fantastic narration. She is as you must know a famous actress. I strongly beli...

  • Laura
    Dec 08, 2013

    You don't need another Coca Cola Or the latest Francis Ford Coppola You don't need a holiday in Angola You need this novel by Emile Zola It's raw like a bad case of ebola It's atomic like gay enola Not pretty like a gladiola Or sweet like a tune from a old victrola He told the ...

    You know how it is. Your mother marries you to your sexless cousin and in silent defiance you enter a torrid affair with a peasant painter. All those hours spent humouring the dull man in your dreary shop, waiting for your next animalistic tussle with your fiery lover. Then one day, yo...

    This is the kind of book you survive, an obstacle course for masochists , the only people who will truly love it, don't get me wrong a very talented writer in his first important novel shows his skill, but he has a tendency to wallow in misery, giving a reader too many painful scenes. ...

    Smiling! Realising the inappropriate reaction to my second reading of Zola's early duel with murderous passion, I try to look concerned or appalled or just plain disgusted, like his contemporary audience. In his preface, he complains about the critics hating the novel for all t...

    Introduction, by Adam Thorpe A Note on the Translation Acknowledgments --Thrse Raquin Notes ...

    Somewhere within the spectrum occupied by anything from Romeo and Juliet to Tromeo and Juliet, there is a well-trodden path full of whispers, whimpers and piercing screams about the miseries of the love process. Whether you are tragically in love with your enemy's hottie boomdottie twe...

    Usually when I review a book I try to allot the stars not by the audiobook's narration but by the author's words and content. With this book I am awarding four stars but it is partially due to Kate Winslet's fantastic narration. She is as you must know a famous actress. I strongly beli...

    and here i thought thomas hardy was cruel to his characters... this book doesnt take long to turn into slow torture for crimes committed, and it gets darker and more dramatic until it reaches the heights of opera-vengeance. its very tempting as a modern reader to question the character...

    "The Arcade of the Pont Neuf is not a place for a stroll. You take it to make a short cut, to gain a few minutes. It is traversed by busy people whose sole aim is to go quick and straight before them? The arcade now assumes the aspect of a regular cut-throat alley. Great shadows stre...

    I read this book with morbid fascination, following with horror the deterioration of the sanity of the two main characters, Therese and Laurent. It's not a pleasant book to read. Quite the opposite. Zola wrote this book for men, not women. He didn't intend it to be regarded as a novel ...

    This book is alive. From the first to the last I saw the story came to life and I was drawn so completely in. It made my heart beat a little faster, and even now I have put the book down, slept and lived through another day, it is still in my head and my heart. On one hand the story...

    This short novel (the weakest of the four Zola's I have read so far) is a tale of lust, madness and destruction set within the brooding, dingy backstreets of Paris. Not the back streets I know and love of today!. The eponymous protagonist, a repressed and silently resentful young woman...

    I Love Nature & Natural, but No More Novels of Naturalism In my voracity for reading most of the so-called classic novels, I read this short one without knowing much about it, nor did I read (until later) the preface in which Zola says this is a study of temperaments and not cha...

    Very scary, very dark and definitely wonderful. Could not put this down. I learned about evil in this book. ...

    Superb. Reading Zola surely sets the bar - I'd say he is the French Hardy but although they are both masters of their art and certainly like to dwell in the downer side of town, Zola deals with the city and the impact of the immediate environment and people on the psyche of the individ...

    Thrse Raquin is Dostoyevsky's re-imagination of Macbeth, channeled through mile Zola. Its a claustrophobic tale of murder and adultery that sets the scene for many modern French Romance novels to come. Taking the simplicity of the plot into consideration, I was pleasantly surp...

    The shortest and most readable books from the 20-vol Rougon-Macquart cycle but perhaps not the best one to start with. 'Germinal' more gives the full heavy, 19th C saga-with-issues flavour of Zola. ...

    Therese Raquin is not a very good novel. It does, however, have some very interesting parts. If you are a fan of noir fiction, you will easily pick up on some classic elements of the genre: two loser-lovers, a weak and whiney husband, a cast of additional characters that you also don?...

    Zola's preface to the second edition of this novel, which is included in the audiobook version I listened to, confirms that the work caused quite a sensation when it was first published in 1867. In the preface, Zola defends himself against charges of obscenity and states that the nov...

    Therese Raquin is Madame Bovary on steroids. The young Zola was impressed by Bovary, and its influence is clear throughout Raquin - but he ratchets every aspect of the story up, for better and...well, mostly for worse; this isn't as good as Bovary. Mainly that's because Zola is no m...

    Wow was that depressing! The first half reminded me of Poe's The Tell Tale Heart, the second half was akin to a Shakespearean tragedy. ...

    Zola Zola Zola. Will we ever go through a novel of yours without someone being murdered, attempted to be murdered, or at least plotted to be? No, I am not complaining, it does not feel repetitive at all, at least not in a negative way. What we see here is typical gritty and savag...

    This 19th century novel of murder and passion seemed promising at first. Zola creates a dark, detailed world that becomes nightmarish. But it devolves into a monotonous, melodramatic morality tale that I was glad to finish. I'm glad I finally read Zola though. Check. ...

    This was my first e-book -- the dealer gave me an iPad when I leased my car, and since I was heading out of town I decided to try it out by downloading this "book," which was free. I think I would've read it a lot quicker if it had been a real book, but who wants to deal with some weir...

    The original French text is available at Project Gutenberg. Free download available at eBooks@Adelaide. And the audio version in English is available at LivriVox. And the BBC Radio 4 - Classical Serial dramatization is available here. And the audio version in French at Lite...

  • Mary Crabtree
    Dec 01, 2008

    You don't need another Coca Cola Or the latest Francis Ford Coppola You don't need a holiday in Angola You need this novel by Emile Zola It's raw like a bad case of ebola It's atomic like gay enola Not pretty like a gladiola Or sweet like a tune from a old victrola He told the ...

    You know how it is. Your mother marries you to your sexless cousin and in silent defiance you enter a torrid affair with a peasant painter. All those hours spent humouring the dull man in your dreary shop, waiting for your next animalistic tussle with your fiery lover. Then one day, yo...

    This is the kind of book you survive, an obstacle course for masochists , the only people who will truly love it, don't get me wrong a very talented writer in his first important novel shows his skill, but he has a tendency to wallow in misery, giving a reader too many painful scenes. ...

    Smiling! Realising the inappropriate reaction to my second reading of Zola's early duel with murderous passion, I try to look concerned or appalled or just plain disgusted, like his contemporary audience. In his preface, he complains about the critics hating the novel for all t...

    Introduction, by Adam Thorpe A Note on the Translation Acknowledgments --Thrse Raquin Notes ...

    Somewhere within the spectrum occupied by anything from Romeo and Juliet to Tromeo and Juliet, there is a well-trodden path full of whispers, whimpers and piercing screams about the miseries of the love process. Whether you are tragically in love with your enemy's hottie boomdottie twe...

    Usually when I review a book I try to allot the stars not by the audiobook's narration but by the author's words and content. With this book I am awarding four stars but it is partially due to Kate Winslet's fantastic narration. She is as you must know a famous actress. I strongly beli...

    and here i thought thomas hardy was cruel to his characters... this book doesnt take long to turn into slow torture for crimes committed, and it gets darker and more dramatic until it reaches the heights of opera-vengeance. its very tempting as a modern reader to question the character...

    "The Arcade of the Pont Neuf is not a place for a stroll. You take it to make a short cut, to gain a few minutes. It is traversed by busy people whose sole aim is to go quick and straight before them? The arcade now assumes the aspect of a regular cut-throat alley. Great shadows stre...

    I read this book with morbid fascination, following with horror the deterioration of the sanity of the two main characters, Therese and Laurent. It's not a pleasant book to read. Quite the opposite. Zola wrote this book for men, not women. He didn't intend it to be regarded as a novel ...

    This book is alive. From the first to the last I saw the story came to life and I was drawn so completely in. It made my heart beat a little faster, and even now I have put the book down, slept and lived through another day, it is still in my head and my heart. On one hand the story...

    This short novel (the weakest of the four Zola's I have read so far) is a tale of lust, madness and destruction set within the brooding, dingy backstreets of Paris. Not the back streets I know and love of today!. The eponymous protagonist, a repressed and silently resentful young woman...

    I Love Nature & Natural, but No More Novels of Naturalism In my voracity for reading most of the so-called classic novels, I read this short one without knowing much about it, nor did I read (until later) the preface in which Zola says this is a study of temperaments and not cha...

    Very scary, very dark and definitely wonderful. Could not put this down. I learned about evil in this book. ...

  • Best Eggs
    Jun 15, 2008

    You don't need another Coca Cola Or the latest Francis Ford Coppola You don't need a holiday in Angola You need this novel by Emile Zola It's raw like a bad case of ebola It's atomic like gay enola Not pretty like a gladiola Or sweet like a tune from a old victrola He told the ...

    You know how it is. Your mother marries you to your sexless cousin and in silent defiance you enter a torrid affair with a peasant painter. All those hours spent humouring the dull man in your dreary shop, waiting for your next animalistic tussle with your fiery lover. Then one day, yo...

    This is the kind of book you survive, an obstacle course for masochists , the only people who will truly love it, don't get me wrong a very talented writer in his first important novel shows his skill, but he has a tendency to wallow in misery, giving a reader too many painful scenes. ...

    Smiling! Realising the inappropriate reaction to my second reading of Zola's early duel with murderous passion, I try to look concerned or appalled or just plain disgusted, like his contemporary audience. In his preface, he complains about the critics hating the novel for all t...

    Introduction, by Adam Thorpe A Note on the Translation Acknowledgments --Thrse Raquin Notes ...

    Somewhere within the spectrum occupied by anything from Romeo and Juliet to Tromeo and Juliet, there is a well-trodden path full of whispers, whimpers and piercing screams about the miseries of the love process. Whether you are tragically in love with your enemy's hottie boomdottie twe...

    Usually when I review a book I try to allot the stars not by the audiobook's narration but by the author's words and content. With this book I am awarding four stars but it is partially due to Kate Winslet's fantastic narration. She is as you must know a famous actress. I strongly beli...

    and here i thought thomas hardy was cruel to his characters... this book doesnt take long to turn into slow torture for crimes committed, and it gets darker and more dramatic until it reaches the heights of opera-vengeance. its very tempting as a modern reader to question the character...

    "The Arcade of the Pont Neuf is not a place for a stroll. You take it to make a short cut, to gain a few minutes. It is traversed by busy people whose sole aim is to go quick and straight before them? The arcade now assumes the aspect of a regular cut-throat alley. Great shadows stre...

    I read this book with morbid fascination, following with horror the deterioration of the sanity of the two main characters, Therese and Laurent. It's not a pleasant book to read. Quite the opposite. Zola wrote this book for men, not women. He didn't intend it to be regarded as a novel ...

    This book is alive. From the first to the last I saw the story came to life and I was drawn so completely in. It made my heart beat a little faster, and even now I have put the book down, slept and lived through another day, it is still in my head and my heart. On one hand the story...

    This short novel (the weakest of the four Zola's I have read so far) is a tale of lust, madness and destruction set within the brooding, dingy backstreets of Paris. Not the back streets I know and love of today!. The eponymous protagonist, a repressed and silently resentful young woman...

    I Love Nature & Natural, but No More Novels of Naturalism In my voracity for reading most of the so-called classic novels, I read this short one without knowing much about it, nor did I read (until later) the preface in which Zola says this is a study of temperaments and not cha...

    Very scary, very dark and definitely wonderful. Could not put this down. I learned about evil in this book. ...

    Superb. Reading Zola surely sets the bar - I'd say he is the French Hardy but although they are both masters of their art and certainly like to dwell in the downer side of town, Zola deals with the city and the impact of the immediate environment and people on the psyche of the individ...

    Thrse Raquin is Dostoyevsky's re-imagination of Macbeth, channeled through mile Zola. Its a claustrophobic tale of murder and adultery that sets the scene for many modern French Romance novels to come. Taking the simplicity of the plot into consideration, I was pleasantly surp...

    The shortest and most readable books from the 20-vol Rougon-Macquart cycle but perhaps not the best one to start with. 'Germinal' more gives the full heavy, 19th C saga-with-issues flavour of Zola. ...

  • Steve
    Apr 17, 2012

    You don't need another Coca Cola Or the latest Francis Ford Coppola You don't need a holiday in Angola You need this novel by Emile Zola It's raw like a bad case of ebola It's atomic like gay enola Not pretty like a gladiola Or sweet like a tune from a old victrola He told the ...

    You know how it is. Your mother marries you to your sexless cousin and in silent defiance you enter a torrid affair with a peasant painter. All those hours spent humouring the dull man in your dreary shop, waiting for your next animalistic tussle with your fiery lover. Then one day, yo...

    This is the kind of book you survive, an obstacle course for masochists , the only people who will truly love it, don't get me wrong a very talented writer in his first important novel shows his skill, but he has a tendency to wallow in misery, giving a reader too many painful scenes. ...

    Smiling! Realising the inappropriate reaction to my second reading of Zola's early duel with murderous passion, I try to look concerned or appalled or just plain disgusted, like his contemporary audience. In his preface, he complains about the critics hating the novel for all t...

    Introduction, by Adam Thorpe A Note on the Translation Acknowledgments --Thrse Raquin Notes ...

    Somewhere within the spectrum occupied by anything from Romeo and Juliet to Tromeo and Juliet, there is a well-trodden path full of whispers, whimpers and piercing screams about the miseries of the love process. Whether you are tragically in love with your enemy's hottie boomdottie twe...

    Usually when I review a book I try to allot the stars not by the audiobook's narration but by the author's words and content. With this book I am awarding four stars but it is partially due to Kate Winslet's fantastic narration. She is as you must know a famous actress. I strongly beli...

    and here i thought thomas hardy was cruel to his characters... this book doesnt take long to turn into slow torture for crimes committed, and it gets darker and more dramatic until it reaches the heights of opera-vengeance. its very tempting as a modern reader to question the character...

    "The Arcade of the Pont Neuf is not a place for a stroll. You take it to make a short cut, to gain a few minutes. It is traversed by busy people whose sole aim is to go quick and straight before them? The arcade now assumes the aspect of a regular cut-throat alley. Great shadows stre...

    I read this book with morbid fascination, following with horror the deterioration of the sanity of the two main characters, Therese and Laurent. It's not a pleasant book to read. Quite the opposite. Zola wrote this book for men, not women. He didn't intend it to be regarded as a novel ...

    This book is alive. From the first to the last I saw the story came to life and I was drawn so completely in. It made my heart beat a little faster, and even now I have put the book down, slept and lived through another day, it is still in my head and my heart. On one hand the story...

    This short novel (the weakest of the four Zola's I have read so far) is a tale of lust, madness and destruction set within the brooding, dingy backstreets of Paris. Not the back streets I know and love of today!. The eponymous protagonist, a repressed and silently resentful young woman...

    I Love Nature & Natural, but No More Novels of Naturalism In my voracity for reading most of the so-called classic novels, I read this short one without knowing much about it, nor did I read (until later) the preface in which Zola says this is a study of temperaments and not cha...

    Very scary, very dark and definitely wonderful. Could not put this down. I learned about evil in this book. ...

    Superb. Reading Zola surely sets the bar - I'd say he is the French Hardy but although they are both masters of their art and certainly like to dwell in the downer side of town, Zola deals with the city and the impact of the immediate environment and people on the psyche of the individ...

    Thrse Raquin is Dostoyevsky's re-imagination of Macbeth, channeled through mile Zola. Its a claustrophobic tale of murder and adultery that sets the scene for many modern French Romance novels to come. Taking the simplicity of the plot into consideration, I was pleasantly surp...

    The shortest and most readable books from the 20-vol Rougon-Macquart cycle but perhaps not the best one to start with. 'Germinal' more gives the full heavy, 19th C saga-with-issues flavour of Zola. ...

    Therese Raquin is not a very good novel. It does, however, have some very interesting parts. If you are a fan of noir fiction, you will easily pick up on some classic elements of the genre: two loser-lovers, a weak and whiney husband, a cast of additional characters that you also don?...

  • Jane
    Sep 14, 2012

    You don't need another Coca Cola Or the latest Francis Ford Coppola You don't need a holiday in Angola You need this novel by Emile Zola It's raw like a bad case of ebola It's atomic like gay enola Not pretty like a gladiola Or sweet like a tune from a old victrola He told the ...

    You know how it is. Your mother marries you to your sexless cousin and in silent defiance you enter a torrid affair with a peasant painter. All those hours spent humouring the dull man in your dreary shop, waiting for your next animalistic tussle with your fiery lover. Then one day, yo...

    This is the kind of book you survive, an obstacle course for masochists , the only people who will truly love it, don't get me wrong a very talented writer in his first important novel shows his skill, but he has a tendency to wallow in misery, giving a reader too many painful scenes. ...

    Smiling! Realising the inappropriate reaction to my second reading of Zola's early duel with murderous passion, I try to look concerned or appalled or just plain disgusted, like his contemporary audience. In his preface, he complains about the critics hating the novel for all t...

    Introduction, by Adam Thorpe A Note on the Translation Acknowledgments --Thrse Raquin Notes ...

    Somewhere within the spectrum occupied by anything from Romeo and Juliet to Tromeo and Juliet, there is a well-trodden path full of whispers, whimpers and piercing screams about the miseries of the love process. Whether you are tragically in love with your enemy's hottie boomdottie twe...

    Usually when I review a book I try to allot the stars not by the audiobook's narration but by the author's words and content. With this book I am awarding four stars but it is partially due to Kate Winslet's fantastic narration. She is as you must know a famous actress. I strongly beli...

    and here i thought thomas hardy was cruel to his characters... this book doesnt take long to turn into slow torture for crimes committed, and it gets darker and more dramatic until it reaches the heights of opera-vengeance. its very tempting as a modern reader to question the character...

    "The Arcade of the Pont Neuf is not a place for a stroll. You take it to make a short cut, to gain a few minutes. It is traversed by busy people whose sole aim is to go quick and straight before them? The arcade now assumes the aspect of a regular cut-throat alley. Great shadows stre...

    I read this book with morbid fascination, following with horror the deterioration of the sanity of the two main characters, Therese and Laurent. It's not a pleasant book to read. Quite the opposite. Zola wrote this book for men, not women. He didn't intend it to be regarded as a novel ...

    This book is alive. From the first to the last I saw the story came to life and I was drawn so completely in. It made my heart beat a little faster, and even now I have put the book down, slept and lived through another day, it is still in my head and my heart. On one hand the story...

  • MJ Nicholls
    Sep 16, 2011

    You don't need another Coca Cola Or the latest Francis Ford Coppola You don't need a holiday in Angola You need this novel by Emile Zola It's raw like a bad case of ebola It's atomic like gay enola Not pretty like a gladiola Or sweet like a tune from a old victrola He told the ...

    You know how it is. Your mother marries you to your sexless cousin and in silent defiance you enter a torrid affair with a peasant painter. All those hours spent humouring the dull man in your dreary shop, waiting for your next animalistic tussle with your fiery lover. Then one day, yo...

  • Paquita Maria Sanchez
    Dec 06, 2010

    You don't need another Coca Cola Or the latest Francis Ford Coppola You don't need a holiday in Angola You need this novel by Emile Zola It's raw like a bad case of ebola It's atomic like gay enola Not pretty like a gladiola Or sweet like a tune from a old victrola He told the ...

    You know how it is. Your mother marries you to your sexless cousin and in silent defiance you enter a torrid affair with a peasant painter. All those hours spent humouring the dull man in your dreary shop, waiting for your next animalistic tussle with your fiery lover. Then one day, yo...

    This is the kind of book you survive, an obstacle course for masochists , the only people who will truly love it, don't get me wrong a very talented writer in his first important novel shows his skill, but he has a tendency to wallow in misery, giving a reader too many painful scenes. ...

    Smiling! Realising the inappropriate reaction to my second reading of Zola's early duel with murderous passion, I try to look concerned or appalled or just plain disgusted, like his contemporary audience. In his preface, he complains about the critics hating the novel for all t...

    Introduction, by Adam Thorpe A Note on the Translation Acknowledgments --Thrse Raquin Notes ...

    Somewhere within the spectrum occupied by anything from Romeo and Juliet to Tromeo and Juliet, there is a well-trodden path full of whispers, whimpers and piercing screams about the miseries of the love process. Whether you are tragically in love with your enemy's hottie boomdottie twe...

  • Alex
    Oct 21, 2012

    You don't need another Coca Cola Or the latest Francis Ford Coppola You don't need a holiday in Angola You need this novel by Emile Zola It's raw like a bad case of ebola It's atomic like gay enola Not pretty like a gladiola Or sweet like a tune from a old victrola He told the ...

    You know how it is. Your mother marries you to your sexless cousin and in silent defiance you enter a torrid affair with a peasant painter. All those hours spent humouring the dull man in your dreary shop, waiting for your next animalistic tussle with your fiery lover. Then one day, yo...

    This is the kind of book you survive, an obstacle course for masochists , the only people who will truly love it, don't get me wrong a very talented writer in his first important novel shows his skill, but he has a tendency to wallow in misery, giving a reader too many painful scenes. ...

    Smiling! Realising the inappropriate reaction to my second reading of Zola's early duel with murderous passion, I try to look concerned or appalled or just plain disgusted, like his contemporary audience. In his preface, he complains about the critics hating the novel for all t...

    Introduction, by Adam Thorpe A Note on the Translation Acknowledgments --Thrse Raquin Notes ...

    Somewhere within the spectrum occupied by anything from Romeo and Juliet to Tromeo and Juliet, there is a well-trodden path full of whispers, whimpers and piercing screams about the miseries of the love process. Whether you are tragically in love with your enemy's hottie boomdottie twe...

    Usually when I review a book I try to allot the stars not by the audiobook's narration but by the author's words and content. With this book I am awarding four stars but it is partially due to Kate Winslet's fantastic narration. She is as you must know a famous actress. I strongly beli...

    and here i thought thomas hardy was cruel to his characters... this book doesnt take long to turn into slow torture for crimes committed, and it gets darker and more dramatic until it reaches the heights of opera-vengeance. its very tempting as a modern reader to question the character...

    "The Arcade of the Pont Neuf is not a place for a stroll. You take it to make a short cut, to gain a few minutes. It is traversed by busy people whose sole aim is to go quick and straight before them? The arcade now assumes the aspect of a regular cut-throat alley. Great shadows stre...

    I read this book with morbid fascination, following with horror the deterioration of the sanity of the two main characters, Therese and Laurent. It's not a pleasant book to read. Quite the opposite. Zola wrote this book for men, not women. He didn't intend it to be regarded as a novel ...

    This book is alive. From the first to the last I saw the story came to life and I was drawn so completely in. It made my heart beat a little faster, and even now I have put the book down, slept and lived through another day, it is still in my head and my heart. On one hand the story...

    This short novel (the weakest of the four Zola's I have read so far) is a tale of lust, madness and destruction set within the brooding, dingy backstreets of Paris. Not the back streets I know and love of today!. The eponymous protagonist, a repressed and silently resentful young woman...

    I Love Nature & Natural, but No More Novels of Naturalism In my voracity for reading most of the so-called classic novels, I read this short one without knowing much about it, nor did I read (until later) the preface in which Zola says this is a study of temperaments and not cha...

    Very scary, very dark and definitely wonderful. Could not put this down. I learned about evil in this book. ...

    Superb. Reading Zola surely sets the bar - I'd say he is the French Hardy but although they are both masters of their art and certainly like to dwell in the downer side of town, Zola deals with the city and the impact of the immediate environment and people on the psyche of the individ...

    Thrse Raquin is Dostoyevsky's re-imagination of Macbeth, channeled through mile Zola. Its a claustrophobic tale of murder and adultery that sets the scene for many modern French Romance novels to come. Taking the simplicity of the plot into consideration, I was pleasantly surp...

    The shortest and most readable books from the 20-vol Rougon-Macquart cycle but perhaps not the best one to start with. 'Germinal' more gives the full heavy, 19th C saga-with-issues flavour of Zola. ...

    Therese Raquin is not a very good novel. It does, however, have some very interesting parts. If you are a fan of noir fiction, you will easily pick up on some classic elements of the genre: two loser-lovers, a weak and whiney husband, a cast of additional characters that you also don?...

    Zola's preface to the second edition of this novel, which is included in the audiobook version I listened to, confirms that the work caused quite a sensation when it was first published in 1867. In the preface, Zola defends himself against charges of obscenity and states that the nov...

    Therese Raquin is Madame Bovary on steroids. The young Zola was impressed by Bovary, and its influence is clear throughout Raquin - but he ratchets every aspect of the story up, for better and...well, mostly for worse; this isn't as good as Bovary. Mainly that's because Zola is no m...

  • Candi
    Feb 23, 2016

    You don't need another Coca Cola Or the latest Francis Ford Coppola You don't need a holiday in Angola You need this novel by Emile Zola It's raw like a bad case of ebola It's atomic like gay enola Not pretty like a gladiola Or sweet like a tune from a old victrola He told the ...

    You know how it is. Your mother marries you to your sexless cousin and in silent defiance you enter a torrid affair with a peasant painter. All those hours spent humouring the dull man in your dreary shop, waiting for your next animalistic tussle with your fiery lover. Then one day, yo...

    This is the kind of book you survive, an obstacle course for masochists , the only people who will truly love it, don't get me wrong a very talented writer in his first important novel shows his skill, but he has a tendency to wallow in misery, giving a reader too many painful scenes. ...

    Smiling! Realising the inappropriate reaction to my second reading of Zola's early duel with murderous passion, I try to look concerned or appalled or just plain disgusted, like his contemporary audience. In his preface, he complains about the critics hating the novel for all t...

    Introduction, by Adam Thorpe A Note on the Translation Acknowledgments --Thrse Raquin Notes ...

    Somewhere within the spectrum occupied by anything from Romeo and Juliet to Tromeo and Juliet, there is a well-trodden path full of whispers, whimpers and piercing screams about the miseries of the love process. Whether you are tragically in love with your enemy's hottie boomdottie twe...

    Usually when I review a book I try to allot the stars not by the audiobook's narration but by the author's words and content. With this book I am awarding four stars but it is partially due to Kate Winslet's fantastic narration. She is as you must know a famous actress. I strongly beli...

    and here i thought thomas hardy was cruel to his characters... this book doesnt take long to turn into slow torture for crimes committed, and it gets darker and more dramatic until it reaches the heights of opera-vengeance. its very tempting as a modern reader to question the character...

    "The Arcade of the Pont Neuf is not a place for a stroll. You take it to make a short cut, to gain a few minutes. It is traversed by busy people whose sole aim is to go quick and straight before them? The arcade now assumes the aspect of a regular cut-throat alley. Great shadows stre...

  • Capsguy
    Aug 01, 2011

    You don't need another Coca Cola Or the latest Francis Ford Coppola You don't need a holiday in Angola You need this novel by Emile Zola It's raw like a bad case of ebola It's atomic like gay enola Not pretty like a gladiola Or sweet like a tune from a old victrola He told the ...

    You know how it is. Your mother marries you to your sexless cousin and in silent defiance you enter a torrid affair with a peasant painter. All those hours spent humouring the dull man in your dreary shop, waiting for your next animalistic tussle with your fiery lover. Then one day, yo...

    This is the kind of book you survive, an obstacle course for masochists , the only people who will truly love it, don't get me wrong a very talented writer in his first important novel shows his skill, but he has a tendency to wallow in misery, giving a reader too many painful scenes. ...

    Smiling! Realising the inappropriate reaction to my second reading of Zola's early duel with murderous passion, I try to look concerned or appalled or just plain disgusted, like his contemporary audience. In his preface, he complains about the critics hating the novel for all t...

    Introduction, by Adam Thorpe A Note on the Translation Acknowledgments --Thrse Raquin Notes ...

    Somewhere within the spectrum occupied by anything from Romeo and Juliet to Tromeo and Juliet, there is a well-trodden path full of whispers, whimpers and piercing screams about the miseries of the love process. Whether you are tragically in love with your enemy's hottie boomdottie twe...

    Usually when I review a book I try to allot the stars not by the audiobook's narration but by the author's words and content. With this book I am awarding four stars but it is partially due to Kate Winslet's fantastic narration. She is as you must know a famous actress. I strongly beli...

    and here i thought thomas hardy was cruel to his characters... this book doesnt take long to turn into slow torture for crimes committed, and it gets darker and more dramatic until it reaches the heights of opera-vengeance. its very tempting as a modern reader to question the character...

    "The Arcade of the Pont Neuf is not a place for a stroll. You take it to make a short cut, to gain a few minutes. It is traversed by busy people whose sole aim is to go quick and straight before them? The arcade now assumes the aspect of a regular cut-throat alley. Great shadows stre...

    I read this book with morbid fascination, following with horror the deterioration of the sanity of the two main characters, Therese and Laurent. It's not a pleasant book to read. Quite the opposite. Zola wrote this book for men, not women. He didn't intend it to be regarded as a novel ...

    This book is alive. From the first to the last I saw the story came to life and I was drawn so completely in. It made my heart beat a little faster, and even now I have put the book down, slept and lived through another day, it is still in my head and my heart. On one hand the story...

    This short novel (the weakest of the four Zola's I have read so far) is a tale of lust, madness and destruction set within the brooding, dingy backstreets of Paris. Not the back streets I know and love of today!. The eponymous protagonist, a repressed and silently resentful young woman...

    I Love Nature & Natural, but No More Novels of Naturalism In my voracity for reading most of the so-called classic novels, I read this short one without knowing much about it, nor did I read (until later) the preface in which Zola says this is a study of temperaments and not cha...

    Very scary, very dark and definitely wonderful. Could not put this down. I learned about evil in this book. ...

    Superb. Reading Zola surely sets the bar - I'd say he is the French Hardy but although they are both masters of their art and certainly like to dwell in the downer side of town, Zola deals with the city and the impact of the immediate environment and people on the psyche of the individ...

    Thrse Raquin is Dostoyevsky's re-imagination of Macbeth, channeled through mile Zola. Its a claustrophobic tale of murder and adultery that sets the scene for many modern French Romance novels to come. Taking the simplicity of the plot into consideration, I was pleasantly surp...

    The shortest and most readable books from the 20-vol Rougon-Macquart cycle but perhaps not the best one to start with. 'Germinal' more gives the full heavy, 19th C saga-with-issues flavour of Zola. ...

    Therese Raquin is not a very good novel. It does, however, have some very interesting parts. If you are a fan of noir fiction, you will easily pick up on some classic elements of the genre: two loser-lovers, a weak and whiney husband, a cast of additional characters that you also don?...

    Zola's preface to the second edition of this novel, which is included in the audiobook version I listened to, confirms that the work caused quite a sensation when it was first published in 1867. In the preface, Zola defends himself against charges of obscenity and states that the nov...

    Therese Raquin is Madame Bovary on steroids. The young Zola was impressed by Bovary, and its influence is clear throughout Raquin - but he ratchets every aspect of the story up, for better and...well, mostly for worse; this isn't as good as Bovary. Mainly that's because Zola is no m...

    Wow was that depressing! The first half reminded me of Poe's The Tell Tale Heart, the second half was akin to a Shakespearean tragedy. ...

    Zola Zola Zola. Will we ever go through a novel of yours without someone being murdered, attempted to be murdered, or at least plotted to be? No, I am not complaining, it does not feel repetitive at all, at least not in a negative way. What we see here is typical gritty and savag...

  • Kim
    Jan 28, 2014

    You don't need another Coca Cola Or the latest Francis Ford Coppola You don't need a holiday in Angola You need this novel by Emile Zola It's raw like a bad case of ebola It's atomic like gay enola Not pretty like a gladiola Or sweet like a tune from a old victrola He told the ...

    You know how it is. Your mother marries you to your sexless cousin and in silent defiance you enter a torrid affair with a peasant painter. All those hours spent humouring the dull man in your dreary shop, waiting for your next animalistic tussle with your fiery lover. Then one day, yo...

    This is the kind of book you survive, an obstacle course for masochists , the only people who will truly love it, don't get me wrong a very talented writer in his first important novel shows his skill, but he has a tendency to wallow in misery, giving a reader too many painful scenes. ...

    Smiling! Realising the inappropriate reaction to my second reading of Zola's early duel with murderous passion, I try to look concerned or appalled or just plain disgusted, like his contemporary audience. In his preface, he complains about the critics hating the novel for all t...

    Introduction, by Adam Thorpe A Note on the Translation Acknowledgments --Thrse Raquin Notes ...

    Somewhere within the spectrum occupied by anything from Romeo and Juliet to Tromeo and Juliet, there is a well-trodden path full of whispers, whimpers and piercing screams about the miseries of the love process. Whether you are tragically in love with your enemy's hottie boomdottie twe...

    Usually when I review a book I try to allot the stars not by the audiobook's narration but by the author's words and content. With this book I am awarding four stars but it is partially due to Kate Winslet's fantastic narration. She is as you must know a famous actress. I strongly beli...

    and here i thought thomas hardy was cruel to his characters... this book doesnt take long to turn into slow torture for crimes committed, and it gets darker and more dramatic until it reaches the heights of opera-vengeance. its very tempting as a modern reader to question the character...

    "The Arcade of the Pont Neuf is not a place for a stroll. You take it to make a short cut, to gain a few minutes. It is traversed by busy people whose sole aim is to go quick and straight before them? The arcade now assumes the aspect of a regular cut-throat alley. Great shadows stre...

    I read this book with morbid fascination, following with horror the deterioration of the sanity of the two main characters, Therese and Laurent. It's not a pleasant book to read. Quite the opposite. Zola wrote this book for men, not women. He didn't intend it to be regarded as a novel ...

    This book is alive. From the first to the last I saw the story came to life and I was drawn so completely in. It made my heart beat a little faster, and even now I have put the book down, slept and lived through another day, it is still in my head and my heart. On one hand the story...

    This short novel (the weakest of the four Zola's I have read so far) is a tale of lust, madness and destruction set within the brooding, dingy backstreets of Paris. Not the back streets I know and love of today!. The eponymous protagonist, a repressed and silently resentful young woman...

    I Love Nature & Natural, but No More Novels of Naturalism In my voracity for reading most of the so-called classic novels, I read this short one without knowing much about it, nor did I read (until later) the preface in which Zola says this is a study of temperaments and not cha...

    Very scary, very dark and definitely wonderful. Could not put this down. I learned about evil in this book. ...

    Superb. Reading Zola surely sets the bar - I'd say he is the French Hardy but although they are both masters of their art and certainly like to dwell in the downer side of town, Zola deals with the city and the impact of the immediate environment and people on the psyche of the individ...

    Thrse Raquin is Dostoyevsky's re-imagination of Macbeth, channeled through mile Zola. Its a claustrophobic tale of murder and adultery that sets the scene for many modern French Romance novels to come. Taking the simplicity of the plot into consideration, I was pleasantly surp...

    The shortest and most readable books from the 20-vol Rougon-Macquart cycle but perhaps not the best one to start with. 'Germinal' more gives the full heavy, 19th C saga-with-issues flavour of Zola. ...

    Therese Raquin is not a very good novel. It does, however, have some very interesting parts. If you are a fan of noir fiction, you will easily pick up on some classic elements of the genre: two loser-lovers, a weak and whiney husband, a cast of additional characters that you also don?...

    Zola's preface to the second edition of this novel, which is included in the audiobook version I listened to, confirms that the work caused quite a sensation when it was first published in 1867. In the preface, Zola defends himself against charges of obscenity and states that the nov...

  • Nicola
    May 28, 2017

    You don't need another Coca Cola Or the latest Francis Ford Coppola You don't need a holiday in Angola You need this novel by Emile Zola It's raw like a bad case of ebola It's atomic like gay enola Not pretty like a gladiola Or sweet like a tune from a old victrola He told the ...

    You know how it is. Your mother marries you to your sexless cousin and in silent defiance you enter a torrid affair with a peasant painter. All those hours spent humouring the dull man in your dreary shop, waiting for your next animalistic tussle with your fiery lover. Then one day, yo...

    This is the kind of book you survive, an obstacle course for masochists , the only people who will truly love it, don't get me wrong a very talented writer in his first important novel shows his skill, but he has a tendency to wallow in misery, giving a reader too many painful scenes. ...

    Smiling! Realising the inappropriate reaction to my second reading of Zola's early duel with murderous passion, I try to look concerned or appalled or just plain disgusted, like his contemporary audience. In his preface, he complains about the critics hating the novel for all t...

    Introduction, by Adam Thorpe A Note on the Translation Acknowledgments --Thrse Raquin Notes ...

    Somewhere within the spectrum occupied by anything from Romeo and Juliet to Tromeo and Juliet, there is a well-trodden path full of whispers, whimpers and piercing screams about the miseries of the love process. Whether you are tragically in love with your enemy's hottie boomdottie twe...

    Usually when I review a book I try to allot the stars not by the audiobook's narration but by the author's words and content. With this book I am awarding four stars but it is partially due to Kate Winslet's fantastic narration. She is as you must know a famous actress. I strongly beli...

    and here i thought thomas hardy was cruel to his characters... this book doesnt take long to turn into slow torture for crimes committed, and it gets darker and more dramatic until it reaches the heights of opera-vengeance. its very tempting as a modern reader to question the character...

    "The Arcade of the Pont Neuf is not a place for a stroll. You take it to make a short cut, to gain a few minutes. It is traversed by busy people whose sole aim is to go quick and straight before them? The arcade now assumes the aspect of a regular cut-throat alley. Great shadows stre...

    I read this book with morbid fascination, following with horror the deterioration of the sanity of the two main characters, Therese and Laurent. It's not a pleasant book to read. Quite the opposite. Zola wrote this book for men, not women. He didn't intend it to be regarded as a novel ...

    This book is alive. From the first to the last I saw the story came to life and I was drawn so completely in. It made my heart beat a little faster, and even now I have put the book down, slept and lived through another day, it is still in my head and my heart. On one hand the story...

    This short novel (the weakest of the four Zola's I have read so far) is a tale of lust, madness and destruction set within the brooding, dingy backstreets of Paris. Not the back streets I know and love of today!. The eponymous protagonist, a repressed and silently resentful young woman...

    I Love Nature & Natural, but No More Novels of Naturalism In my voracity for reading most of the so-called classic novels, I read this short one without knowing much about it, nor did I read (until later) the preface in which Zola says this is a study of temperaments and not cha...

    Very scary, very dark and definitely wonderful. Could not put this down. I learned about evil in this book. ...

    Superb. Reading Zola surely sets the bar - I'd say he is the French Hardy but although they are both masters of their art and certainly like to dwell in the downer side of town, Zola deals with the city and the impact of the immediate environment and people on the psyche of the individ...

  • Henry Avila
    Mar 19, 2018

    You don't need another Coca Cola Or the latest Francis Ford Coppola You don't need a holiday in Angola You need this novel by Emile Zola It's raw like a bad case of ebola It's atomic like gay enola Not pretty like a gladiola Or sweet like a tune from a old victrola He told the ...

    You know how it is. Your mother marries you to your sexless cousin and in silent defiance you enter a torrid affair with a peasant painter. All those hours spent humouring the dull man in your dreary shop, waiting for your next animalistic tussle with your fiery lover. Then one day, yo...

    This is the kind of book you survive, an obstacle course for masochists , the only people who will truly love it, don't get me wrong a very talented writer in his first important novel shows his skill, but he has a tendency to wallow in misery, giving a reader too many painful scenes. ...

  • Andrea Zuvich
    Aug 31, 2013

    You don't need another Coca Cola Or the latest Francis Ford Coppola You don't need a holiday in Angola You need this novel by Emile Zola It's raw like a bad case of ebola It's atomic like gay enola Not pretty like a gladiola Or sweet like a tune from a old victrola He told the ...

    You know how it is. Your mother marries you to your sexless cousin and in silent defiance you enter a torrid affair with a peasant painter. All those hours spent humouring the dull man in your dreary shop, waiting for your next animalistic tussle with your fiery lover. Then one day, yo...

    This is the kind of book you survive, an obstacle course for masochists , the only people who will truly love it, don't get me wrong a very talented writer in his first important novel shows his skill, but he has a tendency to wallow in misery, giving a reader too many painful scenes. ...

    Smiling! Realising the inappropriate reaction to my second reading of Zola's early duel with murderous passion, I try to look concerned or appalled or just plain disgusted, like his contemporary audience. In his preface, he complains about the critics hating the novel for all t...

    Introduction, by Adam Thorpe A Note on the Translation Acknowledgments --Thrse Raquin Notes ...

    Somewhere within the spectrum occupied by anything from Romeo and Juliet to Tromeo and Juliet, there is a well-trodden path full of whispers, whimpers and piercing screams about the miseries of the love process. Whether you are tragically in love with your enemy's hottie boomdottie twe...

    Usually when I review a book I try to allot the stars not by the audiobook's narration but by the author's words and content. With this book I am awarding four stars but it is partially due to Kate Winslet's fantastic narration. She is as you must know a famous actress. I strongly beli...

    and here i thought thomas hardy was cruel to his characters... this book doesnt take long to turn into slow torture for crimes committed, and it gets darker and more dramatic until it reaches the heights of opera-vengeance. its very tempting as a modern reader to question the character...

    "The Arcade of the Pont Neuf is not a place for a stroll. You take it to make a short cut, to gain a few minutes. It is traversed by busy people whose sole aim is to go quick and straight before them? The arcade now assumes the aspect of a regular cut-throat alley. Great shadows stre...

    I read this book with morbid fascination, following with horror the deterioration of the sanity of the two main characters, Therese and Laurent. It's not a pleasant book to read. Quite the opposite. Zola wrote this book for men, not women. He didn't intend it to be regarded as a novel ...

    This book is alive. From the first to the last I saw the story came to life and I was drawn so completely in. It made my heart beat a little faster, and even now I have put the book down, slept and lived through another day, it is still in my head and my heart. On one hand the story...

    This short novel (the weakest of the four Zola's I have read so far) is a tale of lust, madness and destruction set within the brooding, dingy backstreets of Paris. Not the back streets I know and love of today!. The eponymous protagonist, a repressed and silently resentful young woman...

    I Love Nature & Natural, but No More Novels of Naturalism In my voracity for reading most of the so-called classic novels, I read this short one without knowing much about it, nor did I read (until later) the preface in which Zola says this is a study of temperaments and not cha...

    Very scary, very dark and definitely wonderful. Could not put this down. I learned about evil in this book. ...

    Superb. Reading Zola surely sets the bar - I'd say he is the French Hardy but although they are both masters of their art and certainly like to dwell in the downer side of town, Zola deals with the city and the impact of the immediate environment and people on the psyche of the individ...

    Thrse Raquin is Dostoyevsky's re-imagination of Macbeth, channeled through mile Zola. Its a claustrophobic tale of murder and adultery that sets the scene for many modern French Romance novels to come. Taking the simplicity of the plot into consideration, I was pleasantly surp...

    The shortest and most readable books from the 20-vol Rougon-Macquart cycle but perhaps not the best one to start with. 'Germinal' more gives the full heavy, 19th C saga-with-issues flavour of Zola. ...

    Therese Raquin is not a very good novel. It does, however, have some very interesting parts. If you are a fan of noir fiction, you will easily pick up on some classic elements of the genre: two loser-lovers, a weak and whiney husband, a cast of additional characters that you also don?...

    Zola's preface to the second edition of this novel, which is included in the audiobook version I listened to, confirms that the work caused quite a sensation when it was first published in 1867. In the preface, Zola defends himself against charges of obscenity and states that the nov...

    Therese Raquin is Madame Bovary on steroids. The young Zola was impressed by Bovary, and its influence is clear throughout Raquin - but he ratchets every aspect of the story up, for better and...well, mostly for worse; this isn't as good as Bovary. Mainly that's because Zola is no m...

    Wow was that depressing! The first half reminded me of Poe's The Tell Tale Heart, the second half was akin to a Shakespearean tragedy. ...

    Zola Zola Zola. Will we ever go through a novel of yours without someone being murdered, attempted to be murdered, or at least plotted to be? No, I am not complaining, it does not feel repetitive at all, at least not in a negative way. What we see here is typical gritty and savag...

    This 19th century novel of murder and passion seemed promising at first. Zola creates a dark, detailed world that becomes nightmarish. But it devolves into a monotonous, melodramatic morality tale that I was glad to finish. I'm glad I finally read Zola though. Check. ...

    This was my first e-book -- the dealer gave me an iPad when I leased my car, and since I was heading out of town I decided to try it out by downloading this "book," which was free. I think I would've read it a lot quicker if it had been a real book, but who wants to deal with some weir...

    The original French text is available at Project Gutenberg. Free download available at eBooks@Adelaide. And the audio version in English is available at LivriVox. And the BBC Radio 4 - Classical Serial dramatization is available here. And the audio version in French at Lite...

    It seems Therese Raquin is a Naturalist novel, which is a catagory of Realism. What does all of that mean? Really, I don't have a clue. My guess is because it's about common, everyday, run-of-the-mill folks, living their boring, mundane lives in their boring, mundane city (Paris), and ...

    This was a very dark little gothic novel. It is not an easy story to describe-- it is not a ghost story, but there is a haunting. It is definitely not a vampire story, but one of the movie adaptations did include a vampire movie (Thirst, directed by Park Chan-wook; South Korea, 2009-- ...

    "Sometimes people die," she murmured at last. "Only it is dangerous for those who survive." First of all, a slow clap for Kate Winslet's reading of mile Zola's Thrse Raquin. I can't recommend her rendition highly enough. A loveless marriage, a turbulent affair, a crime that...

    Oh my goodness. What an amazing book. What first had me thinking it was a romantic story turned into one of the most psychologically horrifying and gripping stories I've ever read. Zola had an amazing capacity to understand human nature. I'm certainly never going to forget this story. ...

  • Rebecca
    Jun 24, 2019

    You don't need another Coca Cola Or the latest Francis Ford Coppola You don't need a holiday in Angola You need this novel by Emile Zola It's raw like a bad case of ebola It's atomic like gay enola Not pretty like a gladiola Or sweet like a tune from a old victrola He told the ...

    You know how it is. Your mother marries you to your sexless cousin and in silent defiance you enter a torrid affair with a peasant painter. All those hours spent humouring the dull man in your dreary shop, waiting for your next animalistic tussle with your fiery lover. Then one day, yo...

    This is the kind of book you survive, an obstacle course for masochists , the only people who will truly love it, don't get me wrong a very talented writer in his first important novel shows his skill, but he has a tendency to wallow in misery, giving a reader too many painful scenes. ...

    Smiling! Realising the inappropriate reaction to my second reading of Zola's early duel with murderous passion, I try to look concerned or appalled or just plain disgusted, like his contemporary audience. In his preface, he complains about the critics hating the novel for all t...

    Introduction, by Adam Thorpe A Note on the Translation Acknowledgments --Thrse Raquin Notes ...

    Somewhere within the spectrum occupied by anything from Romeo and Juliet to Tromeo and Juliet, there is a well-trodden path full of whispers, whimpers and piercing screams about the miseries of the love process. Whether you are tragically in love with your enemy's hottie boomdottie twe...

    Usually when I review a book I try to allot the stars not by the audiobook's narration but by the author's words and content. With this book I am awarding four stars but it is partially due to Kate Winslet's fantastic narration. She is as you must know a famous actress. I strongly beli...

    and here i thought thomas hardy was cruel to his characters... this book doesnt take long to turn into slow torture for crimes committed, and it gets darker and more dramatic until it reaches the heights of opera-vengeance. its very tempting as a modern reader to question the character...

    "The Arcade of the Pont Neuf is not a place for a stroll. You take it to make a short cut, to gain a few minutes. It is traversed by busy people whose sole aim is to go quick and straight before them? The arcade now assumes the aspect of a regular cut-throat alley. Great shadows stre...

    I read this book with morbid fascination, following with horror the deterioration of the sanity of the two main characters, Therese and Laurent. It's not a pleasant book to read. Quite the opposite. Zola wrote this book for men, not women. He didn't intend it to be regarded as a novel ...

    This book is alive. From the first to the last I saw the story came to life and I was drawn so completely in. It made my heart beat a little faster, and even now I have put the book down, slept and lived through another day, it is still in my head and my heart. On one hand the story...

    This short novel (the weakest of the four Zola's I have read so far) is a tale of lust, madness and destruction set within the brooding, dingy backstreets of Paris. Not the back streets I know and love of today!. The eponymous protagonist, a repressed and silently resentful young woman...

    I Love Nature & Natural, but No More Novels of Naturalism In my voracity for reading most of the so-called classic novels, I read this short one without knowing much about it, nor did I read (until later) the preface in which Zola says this is a study of temperaments and not cha...

    Very scary, very dark and definitely wonderful. Could not put this down. I learned about evil in this book. ...

    Superb. Reading Zola surely sets the bar - I'd say he is the French Hardy but although they are both masters of their art and certainly like to dwell in the downer side of town, Zola deals with the city and the impact of the immediate environment and people on the psyche of the individ...

    Thrse Raquin is Dostoyevsky's re-imagination of Macbeth, channeled through mile Zola. Its a claustrophobic tale of murder and adultery that sets the scene for many modern French Romance novels to come. Taking the simplicity of the plot into consideration, I was pleasantly surp...

    The shortest and most readable books from the 20-vol Rougon-Macquart cycle but perhaps not the best one to start with. 'Germinal' more gives the full heavy, 19th C saga-with-issues flavour of Zola. ...

    Therese Raquin is not a very good novel. It does, however, have some very interesting parts. If you are a fan of noir fiction, you will easily pick up on some classic elements of the genre: two loser-lovers, a weak and whiney husband, a cast of additional characters that you also don?...

    Zola's preface to the second edition of this novel, which is included in the audiobook version I listened to, confirms that the work caused quite a sensation when it was first published in 1867. In the preface, Zola defends himself against charges of obscenity and states that the nov...

    Therese Raquin is Madame Bovary on steroids. The young Zola was impressed by Bovary, and its influence is clear throughout Raquin - but he ratchets every aspect of the story up, for better and...well, mostly for worse; this isn't as good as Bovary. Mainly that's because Zola is no m...

    Wow was that depressing! The first half reminded me of Poe's The Tell Tale Heart, the second half was akin to a Shakespearean tragedy. ...

    Zola Zola Zola. Will we ever go through a novel of yours without someone being murdered, attempted to be murdered, or at least plotted to be? No, I am not complaining, it does not feel repetitive at all, at least not in a negative way. What we see here is typical gritty and savag...

    This 19th century novel of murder and passion seemed promising at first. Zola creates a dark, detailed world that becomes nightmarish. But it devolves into a monotonous, melodramatic morality tale that I was glad to finish. I'm glad I finally read Zola though. Check. ...

    This was my first e-book -- the dealer gave me an iPad when I leased my car, and since I was heading out of town I decided to try it out by downloading this "book," which was free. I think I would've read it a lot quicker if it had been a real book, but who wants to deal with some weir...

    The original French text is available at Project Gutenberg. Free download available at eBooks@Adelaide. And the audio version in English is available at LivriVox. And the BBC Radio 4 - Classical Serial dramatization is available here. And the audio version in French at Lite...

    It seems Therese Raquin is a Naturalist novel, which is a catagory of Realism. What does all of that mean? Really, I don't have a clue. My guess is because it's about common, everyday, run-of-the-mill folks, living their boring, mundane lives in their boring, mundane city (Paris), and ...

    This was a very dark little gothic novel. It is not an easy story to describe-- it is not a ghost story, but there is a haunting. It is definitely not a vampire story, but one of the movie adaptations did include a vampire movie (Thirst, directed by Park Chan-wook; South Korea, 2009-- ...

    "Sometimes people die," she murmured at last. "Only it is dangerous for those who survive." First of all, a slow clap for Kate Winslet's reading of mile Zola's Thrse Raquin. I can't recommend her rendition highly enough. A loveless marriage, a turbulent affair, a crime that...

    Oh my goodness. What an amazing book. What first had me thinking it was a romantic story turned into one of the most psychologically horrifying and gripping stories I've ever read. Zola had an amazing capacity to understand human nature. I'm certainly never going to forget this story. ...

    In the middle of the month I rifled through my shelves for a short and accessible classic and found just that in Thrse Raquin (1868). I?d only read one Zola novel previously, Germinal (1885), about seven years ago. I remember finding Germinal, an expos of the working conditions...

  • Edward
    Mar 14, 2018

    You don't need another Coca Cola Or the latest Francis Ford Coppola You don't need a holiday in Angola You need this novel by Emile Zola It's raw like a bad case of ebola It's atomic like gay enola Not pretty like a gladiola Or sweet like a tune from a old victrola He told the ...

    You know how it is. Your mother marries you to your sexless cousin and in silent defiance you enter a torrid affair with a peasant painter. All those hours spent humouring the dull man in your dreary shop, waiting for your next animalistic tussle with your fiery lover. Then one day, yo...

    This is the kind of book you survive, an obstacle course for masochists , the only people who will truly love it, don't get me wrong a very talented writer in his first important novel shows his skill, but he has a tendency to wallow in misery, giving a reader too many painful scenes. ...

    Smiling! Realising the inappropriate reaction to my second reading of Zola's early duel with murderous passion, I try to look concerned or appalled or just plain disgusted, like his contemporary audience. In his preface, he complains about the critics hating the novel for all t...

    Introduction, by Adam Thorpe A Note on the Translation Acknowledgments --Thrse Raquin Notes ...

  • Perry
    Dec 28, 2016

    You don't need another Coca Cola Or the latest Francis Ford Coppola You don't need a holiday in Angola You need this novel by Emile Zola It's raw like a bad case of ebola It's atomic like gay enola Not pretty like a gladiola Or sweet like a tune from a old victrola He told the ...

    You know how it is. Your mother marries you to your sexless cousin and in silent defiance you enter a torrid affair with a peasant painter. All those hours spent humouring the dull man in your dreary shop, waiting for your next animalistic tussle with your fiery lover. Then one day, yo...

    This is the kind of book you survive, an obstacle course for masochists , the only people who will truly love it, don't get me wrong a very talented writer in his first important novel shows his skill, but he has a tendency to wallow in misery, giving a reader too many painful scenes. ...

    Smiling! Realising the inappropriate reaction to my second reading of Zola's early duel with murderous passion, I try to look concerned or appalled or just plain disgusted, like his contemporary audience. In his preface, he complains about the critics hating the novel for all t...

    Introduction, by Adam Thorpe A Note on the Translation Acknowledgments --Thrse Raquin Notes ...

    Somewhere within the spectrum occupied by anything from Romeo and Juliet to Tromeo and Juliet, there is a well-trodden path full of whispers, whimpers and piercing screams about the miseries of the love process. Whether you are tragically in love with your enemy's hottie boomdottie twe...

    Usually when I review a book I try to allot the stars not by the audiobook's narration but by the author's words and content. With this book I am awarding four stars but it is partially due to Kate Winslet's fantastic narration. She is as you must know a famous actress. I strongly beli...

    and here i thought thomas hardy was cruel to his characters... this book doesnt take long to turn into slow torture for crimes committed, and it gets darker and more dramatic until it reaches the heights of opera-vengeance. its very tempting as a modern reader to question the character...

    "The Arcade of the Pont Neuf is not a place for a stroll. You take it to make a short cut, to gain a few minutes. It is traversed by busy people whose sole aim is to go quick and straight before them? The arcade now assumes the aspect of a regular cut-throat alley. Great shadows stre...

    I read this book with morbid fascination, following with horror the deterioration of the sanity of the two main characters, Therese and Laurent. It's not a pleasant book to read. Quite the opposite. Zola wrote this book for men, not women. He didn't intend it to be regarded as a novel ...

    This book is alive. From the first to the last I saw the story came to life and I was drawn so completely in. It made my heart beat a little faster, and even now I have put the book down, slept and lived through another day, it is still in my head and my heart. On one hand the story...

    This short novel (the weakest of the four Zola's I have read so far) is a tale of lust, madness and destruction set within the brooding, dingy backstreets of Paris. Not the back streets I know and love of today!. The eponymous protagonist, a repressed and silently resentful young woman...

    I Love Nature & Natural, but No More Novels of Naturalism In my voracity for reading most of the so-called classic novels, I read this short one without knowing much about it, nor did I read (until later) the preface in which Zola says this is a study of temperaments and not cha...

  • Shauna
    Apr 03, 2012

    You don't need another Coca Cola Or the latest Francis Ford Coppola You don't need a holiday in Angola You need this novel by Emile Zola It's raw like a bad case of ebola It's atomic like gay enola Not pretty like a gladiola Or sweet like a tune from a old victrola He told the ...

    You know how it is. Your mother marries you to your sexless cousin and in silent defiance you enter a torrid affair with a peasant painter. All those hours spent humouring the dull man in your dreary shop, waiting for your next animalistic tussle with your fiery lover. Then one day, yo...

    This is the kind of book you survive, an obstacle course for masochists , the only people who will truly love it, don't get me wrong a very talented writer in his first important novel shows his skill, but he has a tendency to wallow in misery, giving a reader too many painful scenes. ...

    Smiling! Realising the inappropriate reaction to my second reading of Zola's early duel with murderous passion, I try to look concerned or appalled or just plain disgusted, like his contemporary audience. In his preface, he complains about the critics hating the novel for all t...

    Introduction, by Adam Thorpe A Note on the Translation Acknowledgments --Thrse Raquin Notes ...

    Somewhere within the spectrum occupied by anything from Romeo and Juliet to Tromeo and Juliet, there is a well-trodden path full of whispers, whimpers and piercing screams about the miseries of the love process. Whether you are tragically in love with your enemy's hottie boomdottie twe...

    Usually when I review a book I try to allot the stars not by the audiobook's narration but by the author's words and content. With this book I am awarding four stars but it is partially due to Kate Winslet's fantastic narration. She is as you must know a famous actress. I strongly beli...

    and here i thought thomas hardy was cruel to his characters... this book doesnt take long to turn into slow torture for crimes committed, and it gets darker and more dramatic until it reaches the heights of opera-vengeance. its very tempting as a modern reader to question the character...

    "The Arcade of the Pont Neuf is not a place for a stroll. You take it to make a short cut, to gain a few minutes. It is traversed by busy people whose sole aim is to go quick and straight before them? The arcade now assumes the aspect of a regular cut-throat alley. Great shadows stre...

    I read this book with morbid fascination, following with horror the deterioration of the sanity of the two main characters, Therese and Laurent. It's not a pleasant book to read. Quite the opposite. Zola wrote this book for men, not women. He didn't intend it to be regarded as a novel ...

    This book is alive. From the first to the last I saw the story came to life and I was drawn so completely in. It made my heart beat a little faster, and even now I have put the book down, slept and lived through another day, it is still in my head and my heart. On one hand the story...

    This short novel (the weakest of the four Zola's I have read so far) is a tale of lust, madness and destruction set within the brooding, dingy backstreets of Paris. Not the back streets I know and love of today!. The eponymous protagonist, a repressed and silently resentful young woman...

    I Love Nature & Natural, but No More Novels of Naturalism In my voracity for reading most of the so-called classic novels, I read this short one without knowing much about it, nor did I read (until later) the preface in which Zola says this is a study of temperaments and not cha...

    Very scary, very dark and definitely wonderful. Could not put this down. I learned about evil in this book. ...

    Superb. Reading Zola surely sets the bar - I'd say he is the French Hardy but although they are both masters of their art and certainly like to dwell in the downer side of town, Zola deals with the city and the impact of the immediate environment and people on the psyche of the individ...

    Thrse Raquin is Dostoyevsky's re-imagination of Macbeth, channeled through mile Zola. Its a claustrophobic tale of murder and adultery that sets the scene for many modern French Romance novels to come. Taking the simplicity of the plot into consideration, I was pleasantly surp...

    The shortest and most readable books from the 20-vol Rougon-Macquart cycle but perhaps not the best one to start with. 'Germinal' more gives the full heavy, 19th C saga-with-issues flavour of Zola. ...

    Therese Raquin is not a very good novel. It does, however, have some very interesting parts. If you are a fan of noir fiction, you will easily pick up on some classic elements of the genre: two loser-lovers, a weak and whiney husband, a cast of additional characters that you also don?...

    Zola's preface to the second edition of this novel, which is included in the audiobook version I listened to, confirms that the work caused quite a sensation when it was first published in 1867. In the preface, Zola defends himself against charges of obscenity and states that the nov...

    Therese Raquin is Madame Bovary on steroids. The young Zola was impressed by Bovary, and its influence is clear throughout Raquin - but he ratchets every aspect of the story up, for better and...well, mostly for worse; this isn't as good as Bovary. Mainly that's because Zola is no m...

    Wow was that depressing! The first half reminded me of Poe's The Tell Tale Heart, the second half was akin to a Shakespearean tragedy. ...

    Zola Zola Zola. Will we ever go through a novel of yours without someone being murdered, attempted to be murdered, or at least plotted to be? No, I am not complaining, it does not feel repetitive at all, at least not in a negative way. What we see here is typical gritty and savag...

    This 19th century novel of murder and passion seemed promising at first. Zola creates a dark, detailed world that becomes nightmarish. But it devolves into a monotonous, melodramatic morality tale that I was glad to finish. I'm glad I finally read Zola though. Check. ...

    This was my first e-book -- the dealer gave me an iPad when I leased my car, and since I was heading out of town I decided to try it out by downloading this "book," which was free. I think I would've read it a lot quicker if it had been a real book, but who wants to deal with some weir...

    The original French text is available at Project Gutenberg. Free download available at eBooks@Adelaide. And the audio version in English is available at LivriVox. And the BBC Radio 4 - Classical Serial dramatization is available here. And the audio version in French at Lite...

    It seems Therese Raquin is a Naturalist novel, which is a catagory of Realism. What does all of that mean? Really, I don't have a clue. My guess is because it's about common, everyday, run-of-the-mill folks, living their boring, mundane lives in their boring, mundane city (Paris), and ...

    This was a very dark little gothic novel. It is not an easy story to describe-- it is not a ghost story, but there is a haunting. It is definitely not a vampire story, but one of the movie adaptations did include a vampire movie (Thirst, directed by Park Chan-wook; South Korea, 2009-- ...

    "Sometimes people die," she murmured at last. "Only it is dangerous for those who survive." First of all, a slow clap for Kate Winslet's reading of mile Zola's Thrse Raquin. I can't recommend her rendition highly enough. A loveless marriage, a turbulent affair, a crime that...

  • Lisa
    Jul 04, 2019

    You don't need another Coca Cola Or the latest Francis Ford Coppola You don't need a holiday in Angola You need this novel by Emile Zola It's raw like a bad case of ebola It's atomic like gay enola Not pretty like a gladiola Or sweet like a tune from a old victrola He told the ...

    You know how it is. Your mother marries you to your sexless cousin and in silent defiance you enter a torrid affair with a peasant painter. All those hours spent humouring the dull man in your dreary shop, waiting for your next animalistic tussle with your fiery lover. Then one day, yo...

    This is the kind of book you survive, an obstacle course for masochists , the only people who will truly love it, don't get me wrong a very talented writer in his first important novel shows his skill, but he has a tendency to wallow in misery, giving a reader too many painful scenes. ...

    Smiling! Realising the inappropriate reaction to my second reading of Zola's early duel with murderous passion, I try to look concerned or appalled or just plain disgusted, like his contemporary audience. In his preface, he complains about the critics hating the novel for all t...

    Introduction, by Adam Thorpe A Note on the Translation Acknowledgments --Thrse Raquin Notes ...

    Somewhere within the spectrum occupied by anything from Romeo and Juliet to Tromeo and Juliet, there is a well-trodden path full of whispers, whimpers and piercing screams about the miseries of the love process. Whether you are tragically in love with your enemy's hottie boomdottie twe...

    Usually when I review a book I try to allot the stars not by the audiobook's narration but by the author's words and content. With this book I am awarding four stars but it is partially due to Kate Winslet's fantastic narration. She is as you must know a famous actress. I strongly beli...

    and here i thought thomas hardy was cruel to his characters... this book doesnt take long to turn into slow torture for crimes committed, and it gets darker and more dramatic until it reaches the heights of opera-vengeance. its very tempting as a modern reader to question the character...

    "The Arcade of the Pont Neuf is not a place for a stroll. You take it to make a short cut, to gain a few minutes. It is traversed by busy people whose sole aim is to go quick and straight before them? The arcade now assumes the aspect of a regular cut-throat alley. Great shadows stre...

    I read this book with morbid fascination, following with horror the deterioration of the sanity of the two main characters, Therese and Laurent. It's not a pleasant book to read. Quite the opposite. Zola wrote this book for men, not women. He didn't intend it to be regarded as a novel ...

    This book is alive. From the first to the last I saw the story came to life and I was drawn so completely in. It made my heart beat a little faster, and even now I have put the book down, slept and lived through another day, it is still in my head and my heart. On one hand the story...

    This short novel (the weakest of the four Zola's I have read so far) is a tale of lust, madness and destruction set within the brooding, dingy backstreets of Paris. Not the back streets I know and love of today!. The eponymous protagonist, a repressed and silently resentful young woman...

    I Love Nature & Natural, but No More Novels of Naturalism In my voracity for reading most of the so-called classic novels, I read this short one without knowing much about it, nor did I read (until later) the preface in which Zola says this is a study of temperaments and not cha...

    Very scary, very dark and definitely wonderful. Could not put this down. I learned about evil in this book. ...

    Superb. Reading Zola surely sets the bar - I'd say he is the French Hardy but although they are both masters of their art and certainly like to dwell in the downer side of town, Zola deals with the city and the impact of the immediate environment and people on the psyche of the individ...

    Thrse Raquin is Dostoyevsky's re-imagination of Macbeth, channeled through mile Zola. Its a claustrophobic tale of murder and adultery that sets the scene for many modern French Romance novels to come. Taking the simplicity of the plot into consideration, I was pleasantly surp...

    The shortest and most readable books from the 20-vol Rougon-Macquart cycle but perhaps not the best one to start with. 'Germinal' more gives the full heavy, 19th C saga-with-issues flavour of Zola. ...

    Therese Raquin is not a very good novel. It does, however, have some very interesting parts. If you are a fan of noir fiction, you will easily pick up on some classic elements of the genre: two loser-lovers, a weak and whiney husband, a cast of additional characters that you also don?...

    Zola's preface to the second edition of this novel, which is included in the audiobook version I listened to, confirms that the work caused quite a sensation when it was first published in 1867. In the preface, Zola defends himself against charges of obscenity and states that the nov...

    Therese Raquin is Madame Bovary on steroids. The young Zola was impressed by Bovary, and its influence is clear throughout Raquin - but he ratchets every aspect of the story up, for better and...well, mostly for worse; this isn't as good as Bovary. Mainly that's because Zola is no m...

    Wow was that depressing! The first half reminded me of Poe's The Tell Tale Heart, the second half was akin to a Shakespearean tragedy. ...

    Zola Zola Zola. Will we ever go through a novel of yours without someone being murdered, attempted to be murdered, or at least plotted to be? No, I am not complaining, it does not feel repetitive at all, at least not in a negative way. What we see here is typical gritty and savag...

    This 19th century novel of murder and passion seemed promising at first. Zola creates a dark, detailed world that becomes nightmarish. But it devolves into a monotonous, melodramatic morality tale that I was glad to finish. I'm glad I finally read Zola though. Check. ...

  • Fiona
    May 16, 2017

    You don't need another Coca Cola Or the latest Francis Ford Coppola You don't need a holiday in Angola You need this novel by Emile Zola It's raw like a bad case of ebola It's atomic like gay enola Not pretty like a gladiola Or sweet like a tune from a old victrola He told the ...

    You know how it is. Your mother marries you to your sexless cousin and in silent defiance you enter a torrid affair with a peasant painter. All those hours spent humouring the dull man in your dreary shop, waiting for your next animalistic tussle with your fiery lover. Then one day, yo...

    This is the kind of book you survive, an obstacle course for masochists , the only people who will truly love it, don't get me wrong a very talented writer in his first important novel shows his skill, but he has a tendency to wallow in misery, giving a reader too many painful scenes. ...

    Smiling! Realising the inappropriate reaction to my second reading of Zola's early duel with murderous passion, I try to look concerned or appalled or just plain disgusted, like his contemporary audience. In his preface, he complains about the critics hating the novel for all t...

    Introduction, by Adam Thorpe A Note on the Translation Acknowledgments --Thrse Raquin Notes ...

    Somewhere within the spectrum occupied by anything from Romeo and Juliet to Tromeo and Juliet, there is a well-trodden path full of whispers, whimpers and piercing screams about the miseries of the love process. Whether you are tragically in love with your enemy's hottie boomdottie twe...

    Usually when I review a book I try to allot the stars not by the audiobook's narration but by the author's words and content. With this book I am awarding four stars but it is partially due to Kate Winslet's fantastic narration. She is as you must know a famous actress. I strongly beli...

    and here i thought thomas hardy was cruel to his characters... this book doesnt take long to turn into slow torture for crimes committed, and it gets darker and more dramatic until it reaches the heights of opera-vengeance. its very tempting as a modern reader to question the character...

    "The Arcade of the Pont Neuf is not a place for a stroll. You take it to make a short cut, to gain a few minutes. It is traversed by busy people whose sole aim is to go quick and straight before them? The arcade now assumes the aspect of a regular cut-throat alley. Great shadows stre...

    I read this book with morbid fascination, following with horror the deterioration of the sanity of the two main characters, Therese and Laurent. It's not a pleasant book to read. Quite the opposite. Zola wrote this book for men, not women. He didn't intend it to be regarded as a novel ...

  • Suki St Charles
    May 10, 2017

    You don't need another Coca Cola Or the latest Francis Ford Coppola You don't need a holiday in Angola You need this novel by Emile Zola It's raw like a bad case of ebola It's atomic like gay enola Not pretty like a gladiola Or sweet like a tune from a old victrola He told the ...

    You know how it is. Your mother marries you to your sexless cousin and in silent defiance you enter a torrid affair with a peasant painter. All those hours spent humouring the dull man in your dreary shop, waiting for your next animalistic tussle with your fiery lover. Then one day, yo...

    This is the kind of book you survive, an obstacle course for masochists , the only people who will truly love it, don't get me wrong a very talented writer in his first important novel shows his skill, but he has a tendency to wallow in misery, giving a reader too many painful scenes. ...

    Smiling! Realising the inappropriate reaction to my second reading of Zola's early duel with murderous passion, I try to look concerned or appalled or just plain disgusted, like his contemporary audience. In his preface, he complains about the critics hating the novel for all t...

    Introduction, by Adam Thorpe A Note on the Translation Acknowledgments --Thrse Raquin Notes ...

    Somewhere within the spectrum occupied by anything from Romeo and Juliet to Tromeo and Juliet, there is a well-trodden path full of whispers, whimpers and piercing screams about the miseries of the love process. Whether you are tragically in love with your enemy's hottie boomdottie twe...

    Usually when I review a book I try to allot the stars not by the audiobook's narration but by the author's words and content. With this book I am awarding four stars but it is partially due to Kate Winslet's fantastic narration. She is as you must know a famous actress. I strongly beli...

    and here i thought thomas hardy was cruel to his characters... this book doesnt take long to turn into slow torture for crimes committed, and it gets darker and more dramatic until it reaches the heights of opera-vengeance. its very tempting as a modern reader to question the character...

    "The Arcade of the Pont Neuf is not a place for a stroll. You take it to make a short cut, to gain a few minutes. It is traversed by busy people whose sole aim is to go quick and straight before them? The arcade now assumes the aspect of a regular cut-throat alley. Great shadows stre...

    I read this book with morbid fascination, following with horror the deterioration of the sanity of the two main characters, Therese and Laurent. It's not a pleasant book to read. Quite the opposite. Zola wrote this book for men, not women. He didn't intend it to be regarded as a novel ...

    This book is alive. From the first to the last I saw the story came to life and I was drawn so completely in. It made my heart beat a little faster, and even now I have put the book down, slept and lived through another day, it is still in my head and my heart. On one hand the story...

    This short novel (the weakest of the four Zola's I have read so far) is a tale of lust, madness and destruction set within the brooding, dingy backstreets of Paris. Not the back streets I know and love of today!. The eponymous protagonist, a repressed and silently resentful young woman...

    I Love Nature & Natural, but No More Novels of Naturalism In my voracity for reading most of the so-called classic novels, I read this short one without knowing much about it, nor did I read (until later) the preface in which Zola says this is a study of temperaments and not cha...

    Very scary, very dark and definitely wonderful. Could not put this down. I learned about evil in this book. ...

    Superb. Reading Zola surely sets the bar - I'd say he is the French Hardy but although they are both masters of their art and certainly like to dwell in the downer side of town, Zola deals with the city and the impact of the immediate environment and people on the psyche of the individ...

    Thrse Raquin is Dostoyevsky's re-imagination of Macbeth, channeled through mile Zola. Its a claustrophobic tale of murder and adultery that sets the scene for many modern French Romance novels to come. Taking the simplicity of the plot into consideration, I was pleasantly surp...

    The shortest and most readable books from the 20-vol Rougon-Macquart cycle but perhaps not the best one to start with. 'Germinal' more gives the full heavy, 19th C saga-with-issues flavour of Zola. ...

    Therese Raquin is not a very good novel. It does, however, have some very interesting parts. If you are a fan of noir fiction, you will easily pick up on some classic elements of the genre: two loser-lovers, a weak and whiney husband, a cast of additional characters that you also don?...

    Zola's preface to the second edition of this novel, which is included in the audiobook version I listened to, confirms that the work caused quite a sensation when it was first published in 1867. In the preface, Zola defends himself against charges of obscenity and states that the nov...

    Therese Raquin is Madame Bovary on steroids. The young Zola was impressed by Bovary, and its influence is clear throughout Raquin - but he ratchets every aspect of the story up, for better and...well, mostly for worse; this isn't as good as Bovary. Mainly that's because Zola is no m...

    Wow was that depressing! The first half reminded me of Poe's The Tell Tale Heart, the second half was akin to a Shakespearean tragedy. ...

    Zola Zola Zola. Will we ever go through a novel of yours without someone being murdered, attempted to be murdered, or at least plotted to be? No, I am not complaining, it does not feel repetitive at all, at least not in a negative way. What we see here is typical gritty and savag...

    This 19th century novel of murder and passion seemed promising at first. Zola creates a dark, detailed world that becomes nightmarish. But it devolves into a monotonous, melodramatic morality tale that I was glad to finish. I'm glad I finally read Zola though. Check. ...

    This was my first e-book -- the dealer gave me an iPad when I leased my car, and since I was heading out of town I decided to try it out by downloading this "book," which was free. I think I would've read it a lot quicker if it had been a real book, but who wants to deal with some weir...

    The original French text is available at Project Gutenberg. Free download available at eBooks@Adelaide. And the audio version in English is available at LivriVox. And the BBC Radio 4 - Classical Serial dramatization is available here. And the audio version in French at Lite...

    It seems Therese Raquin is a Naturalist novel, which is a catagory of Realism. What does all of that mean? Really, I don't have a clue. My guess is because it's about common, everyday, run-of-the-mill folks, living their boring, mundane lives in their boring, mundane city (Paris), and ...

    This was a very dark little gothic novel. It is not an easy story to describe-- it is not a ghost story, but there is a haunting. It is definitely not a vampire story, but one of the movie adaptations did include a vampire movie (Thirst, directed by Park Chan-wook; South Korea, 2009-- ...

  • Duane
    Nov 20, 2014

    You don't need another Coca Cola Or the latest Francis Ford Coppola You don't need a holiday in Angola You need this novel by Emile Zola It's raw like a bad case of ebola It's atomic like gay enola Not pretty like a gladiola Or sweet like a tune from a old victrola He told the ...

    You know how it is. Your mother marries you to your sexless cousin and in silent defiance you enter a torrid affair with a peasant painter. All those hours spent humouring the dull man in your dreary shop, waiting for your next animalistic tussle with your fiery lover. Then one day, yo...

    This is the kind of book you survive, an obstacle course for masochists , the only people who will truly love it, don't get me wrong a very talented writer in his first important novel shows his skill, but he has a tendency to wallow in misery, giving a reader too many painful scenes. ...

    Smiling! Realising the inappropriate reaction to my second reading of Zola's early duel with murderous passion, I try to look concerned or appalled or just plain disgusted, like his contemporary audience. In his preface, he complains about the critics hating the novel for all t...

    Introduction, by Adam Thorpe A Note on the Translation Acknowledgments --Thrse Raquin Notes ...

    Somewhere within the spectrum occupied by anything from Romeo and Juliet to Tromeo and Juliet, there is a well-trodden path full of whispers, whimpers and piercing screams about the miseries of the love process. Whether you are tragically in love with your enemy's hottie boomdottie twe...

    Usually when I review a book I try to allot the stars not by the audiobook's narration but by the author's words and content. With this book I am awarding four stars but it is partially due to Kate Winslet's fantastic narration. She is as you must know a famous actress. I strongly beli...

    and here i thought thomas hardy was cruel to his characters... this book doesnt take long to turn into slow torture for crimes committed, and it gets darker and more dramatic until it reaches the heights of opera-vengeance. its very tempting as a modern reader to question the character...

    "The Arcade of the Pont Neuf is not a place for a stroll. You take it to make a short cut, to gain a few minutes. It is traversed by busy people whose sole aim is to go quick and straight before them? The arcade now assumes the aspect of a regular cut-throat alley. Great shadows stre...

    I read this book with morbid fascination, following with horror the deterioration of the sanity of the two main characters, Therese and Laurent. It's not a pleasant book to read. Quite the opposite. Zola wrote this book for men, not women. He didn't intend it to be regarded as a novel ...

    This book is alive. From the first to the last I saw the story came to life and I was drawn so completely in. It made my heart beat a little faster, and even now I have put the book down, slept and lived through another day, it is still in my head and my heart. On one hand the story...

    This short novel (the weakest of the four Zola's I have read so far) is a tale of lust, madness and destruction set within the brooding, dingy backstreets of Paris. Not the back streets I know and love of today!. The eponymous protagonist, a repressed and silently resentful young woman...

    I Love Nature & Natural, but No More Novels of Naturalism In my voracity for reading most of the so-called classic novels, I read this short one without knowing much about it, nor did I read (until later) the preface in which Zola says this is a study of temperaments and not cha...

    Very scary, very dark and definitely wonderful. Could not put this down. I learned about evil in this book. ...

    Superb. Reading Zola surely sets the bar - I'd say he is the French Hardy but although they are both masters of their art and certainly like to dwell in the downer side of town, Zola deals with the city and the impact of the immediate environment and people on the psyche of the individ...

    Thrse Raquin is Dostoyevsky's re-imagination of Macbeth, channeled through mile Zola. Its a claustrophobic tale of murder and adultery that sets the scene for many modern French Romance novels to come. Taking the simplicity of the plot into consideration, I was pleasantly surp...

    The shortest and most readable books from the 20-vol Rougon-Macquart cycle but perhaps not the best one to start with. 'Germinal' more gives the full heavy, 19th C saga-with-issues flavour of Zola. ...

    Therese Raquin is not a very good novel. It does, however, have some very interesting parts. If you are a fan of noir fiction, you will easily pick up on some classic elements of the genre: two loser-lovers, a weak and whiney husband, a cast of additional characters that you also don?...

    Zola's preface to the second edition of this novel, which is included in the audiobook version I listened to, confirms that the work caused quite a sensation when it was first published in 1867. In the preface, Zola defends himself against charges of obscenity and states that the nov...

    Therese Raquin is Madame Bovary on steroids. The young Zola was impressed by Bovary, and its influence is clear throughout Raquin - but he ratchets every aspect of the story up, for better and...well, mostly for worse; this isn't as good as Bovary. Mainly that's because Zola is no m...

    Wow was that depressing! The first half reminded me of Poe's The Tell Tale Heart, the second half was akin to a Shakespearean tragedy. ...

    Zola Zola Zola. Will we ever go through a novel of yours without someone being murdered, attempted to be murdered, or at least plotted to be? No, I am not complaining, it does not feel repetitive at all, at least not in a negative way. What we see here is typical gritty and savag...

    This 19th century novel of murder and passion seemed promising at first. Zola creates a dark, detailed world that becomes nightmarish. But it devolves into a monotonous, melodramatic morality tale that I was glad to finish. I'm glad I finally read Zola though. Check. ...

    This was my first e-book -- the dealer gave me an iPad when I leased my car, and since I was heading out of town I decided to try it out by downloading this "book," which was free. I think I would've read it a lot quicker if it had been a real book, but who wants to deal with some weir...

    The original French text is available at Project Gutenberg. Free download available at eBooks@Adelaide. And the audio version in English is available at LivriVox. And the BBC Radio 4 - Classical Serial dramatization is available here. And the audio version in French at Lite...

    It seems Therese Raquin is a Naturalist novel, which is a catagory of Realism. What does all of that mean? Really, I don't have a clue. My guess is because it's about common, everyday, run-of-the-mill folks, living their boring, mundane lives in their boring, mundane city (Paris), and ...

  • Steven Godin
    Sep 04, 2018

    You don't need another Coca Cola Or the latest Francis Ford Coppola You don't need a holiday in Angola You need this novel by Emile Zola It's raw like a bad case of ebola It's atomic like gay enola Not pretty like a gladiola Or sweet like a tune from a old victrola He told the ...

    You know how it is. Your mother marries you to your sexless cousin and in silent defiance you enter a torrid affair with a peasant painter. All those hours spent humouring the dull man in your dreary shop, waiting for your next animalistic tussle with your fiery lover. Then one day, yo...

    This is the kind of book you survive, an obstacle course for masochists , the only people who will truly love it, don't get me wrong a very talented writer in his first important novel shows his skill, but he has a tendency to wallow in misery, giving a reader too many painful scenes. ...

    Smiling! Realising the inappropriate reaction to my second reading of Zola's early duel with murderous passion, I try to look concerned or appalled or just plain disgusted, like his contemporary audience. In his preface, he complains about the critics hating the novel for all t...

    Introduction, by Adam Thorpe A Note on the Translation Acknowledgments --Thrse Raquin Notes ...

    Somewhere within the spectrum occupied by anything from Romeo and Juliet to Tromeo and Juliet, there is a well-trodden path full of whispers, whimpers and piercing screams about the miseries of the love process. Whether you are tragically in love with your enemy's hottie boomdottie twe...

    Usually when I review a book I try to allot the stars not by the audiobook's narration but by the author's words and content. With this book I am awarding four stars but it is partially due to Kate Winslet's fantastic narration. She is as you must know a famous actress. I strongly beli...

    and here i thought thomas hardy was cruel to his characters... this book doesnt take long to turn into slow torture for crimes committed, and it gets darker and more dramatic until it reaches the heights of opera-vengeance. its very tempting as a modern reader to question the character...

    "The Arcade of the Pont Neuf is not a place for a stroll. You take it to make a short cut, to gain a few minutes. It is traversed by busy people whose sole aim is to go quick and straight before them? The arcade now assumes the aspect of a regular cut-throat alley. Great shadows stre...

    I read this book with morbid fascination, following with horror the deterioration of the sanity of the two main characters, Therese and Laurent. It's not a pleasant book to read. Quite the opposite. Zola wrote this book for men, not women. He didn't intend it to be regarded as a novel ...

    This book is alive. From the first to the last I saw the story came to life and I was drawn so completely in. It made my heart beat a little faster, and even now I have put the book down, slept and lived through another day, it is still in my head and my heart. On one hand the story...

    This short novel (the weakest of the four Zola's I have read so far) is a tale of lust, madness and destruction set within the brooding, dingy backstreets of Paris. Not the back streets I know and love of today!. The eponymous protagonist, a repressed and silently resentful young woman...

  • Khashayar Mohammadi
    Jul 03, 2017

    You don't need another Coca Cola Or the latest Francis Ford Coppola You don't need a holiday in Angola You need this novel by Emile Zola It's raw like a bad case of ebola It's atomic like gay enola Not pretty like a gladiola Or sweet like a tune from a old victrola He told the ...

    You know how it is. Your mother marries you to your sexless cousin and in silent defiance you enter a torrid affair with a peasant painter. All those hours spent humouring the dull man in your dreary shop, waiting for your next animalistic tussle with your fiery lover. Then one day, yo...

    This is the kind of book you survive, an obstacle course for masochists , the only people who will truly love it, don't get me wrong a very talented writer in his first important novel shows his skill, but he has a tendency to wallow in misery, giving a reader too many painful scenes. ...

    Smiling! Realising the inappropriate reaction to my second reading of Zola's early duel with murderous passion, I try to look concerned or appalled or just plain disgusted, like his contemporary audience. In his preface, he complains about the critics hating the novel for all t...

    Introduction, by Adam Thorpe A Note on the Translation Acknowledgments --Thrse Raquin Notes ...

    Somewhere within the spectrum occupied by anything from Romeo and Juliet to Tromeo and Juliet, there is a well-trodden path full of whispers, whimpers and piercing screams about the miseries of the love process. Whether you are tragically in love with your enemy's hottie boomdottie twe...

    Usually when I review a book I try to allot the stars not by the audiobook's narration but by the author's words and content. With this book I am awarding four stars but it is partially due to Kate Winslet's fantastic narration. She is as you must know a famous actress. I strongly beli...

    and here i thought thomas hardy was cruel to his characters... this book doesnt take long to turn into slow torture for crimes committed, and it gets darker and more dramatic until it reaches the heights of opera-vengeance. its very tempting as a modern reader to question the character...

    "The Arcade of the Pont Neuf is not a place for a stroll. You take it to make a short cut, to gain a few minutes. It is traversed by busy people whose sole aim is to go quick and straight before them? The arcade now assumes the aspect of a regular cut-throat alley. Great shadows stre...

    I read this book with morbid fascination, following with horror the deterioration of the sanity of the two main characters, Therese and Laurent. It's not a pleasant book to read. Quite the opposite. Zola wrote this book for men, not women. He didn't intend it to be regarded as a novel ...

    This book is alive. From the first to the last I saw the story came to life and I was drawn so completely in. It made my heart beat a little faster, and even now I have put the book down, slept and lived through another day, it is still in my head and my heart. On one hand the story...

    This short novel (the weakest of the four Zola's I have read so far) is a tale of lust, madness and destruction set within the brooding, dingy backstreets of Paris. Not the back streets I know and love of today!. The eponymous protagonist, a repressed and silently resentful young woman...

    I Love Nature & Natural, but No More Novels of Naturalism In my voracity for reading most of the so-called classic novels, I read this short one without knowing much about it, nor did I read (until later) the preface in which Zola says this is a study of temperaments and not cha...

    Very scary, very dark and definitely wonderful. Could not put this down. I learned about evil in this book. ...

    Superb. Reading Zola surely sets the bar - I'd say he is the French Hardy but although they are both masters of their art and certainly like to dwell in the downer side of town, Zola deals with the city and the impact of the immediate environment and people on the psyche of the individ...

    Thrse Raquin is Dostoyevsky's re-imagination of Macbeth, channeled through mile Zola. Its a claustrophobic tale of murder and adultery that sets the scene for many modern French Romance novels to come. Taking the simplicity of the plot into consideration, I was pleasantly surp...

  • Lisa
    Jun 25, 2014

    You don't need another Coca Cola Or the latest Francis Ford Coppola You don't need a holiday in Angola You need this novel by Emile Zola It's raw like a bad case of ebola It's atomic like gay enola Not pretty like a gladiola Or sweet like a tune from a old victrola He told the ...

    You know how it is. Your mother marries you to your sexless cousin and in silent defiance you enter a torrid affair with a peasant painter. All those hours spent humouring the dull man in your dreary shop, waiting for your next animalistic tussle with your fiery lover. Then one day, yo...

    This is the kind of book you survive, an obstacle course for masochists , the only people who will truly love it, don't get me wrong a very talented writer in his first important novel shows his skill, but he has a tendency to wallow in misery, giving a reader too many painful scenes. ...

    Smiling! Realising the inappropriate reaction to my second reading of Zola's early duel with murderous passion, I try to look concerned or appalled or just plain disgusted, like his contemporary audience. In his preface, he complains about the critics hating the novel for all t...

  • Kristen Richeal
    Jun 10, 2017

    You don't need another Coca Cola Or the latest Francis Ford Coppola You don't need a holiday in Angola You need this novel by Emile Zola It's raw like a bad case of ebola It's atomic like gay enola Not pretty like a gladiola Or sweet like a tune from a old victrola He told the ...

    You know how it is. Your mother marries you to your sexless cousin and in silent defiance you enter a torrid affair with a peasant painter. All those hours spent humouring the dull man in your dreary shop, waiting for your next animalistic tussle with your fiery lover. Then one day, yo...

    This is the kind of book you survive, an obstacle course for masochists , the only people who will truly love it, don't get me wrong a very talented writer in his first important novel shows his skill, but he has a tendency to wallow in misery, giving a reader too many painful scenes. ...

    Smiling! Realising the inappropriate reaction to my second reading of Zola's early duel with murderous passion, I try to look concerned or appalled or just plain disgusted, like his contemporary audience. In his preface, he complains about the critics hating the novel for all t...

    Introduction, by Adam Thorpe A Note on the Translation Acknowledgments --Thrse Raquin Notes ...

    Somewhere within the spectrum occupied by anything from Romeo and Juliet to Tromeo and Juliet, there is a well-trodden path full of whispers, whimpers and piercing screams about the miseries of the love process. Whether you are tragically in love with your enemy's hottie boomdottie twe...

    Usually when I review a book I try to allot the stars not by the audiobook's narration but by the author's words and content. With this book I am awarding four stars but it is partially due to Kate Winslet's fantastic narration. She is as you must know a famous actress. I strongly beli...

    and here i thought thomas hardy was cruel to his characters... this book doesnt take long to turn into slow torture for crimes committed, and it gets darker and more dramatic until it reaches the heights of opera-vengeance. its very tempting as a modern reader to question the character...

    "The Arcade of the Pont Neuf is not a place for a stroll. You take it to make a short cut, to gain a few minutes. It is traversed by busy people whose sole aim is to go quick and straight before them? The arcade now assumes the aspect of a regular cut-throat alley. Great shadows stre...

    I read this book with morbid fascination, following with horror the deterioration of the sanity of the two main characters, Therese and Laurent. It's not a pleasant book to read. Quite the opposite. Zola wrote this book for men, not women. He didn't intend it to be regarded as a novel ...

    This book is alive. From the first to the last I saw the story came to life and I was drawn so completely in. It made my heart beat a little faster, and even now I have put the book down, slept and lived through another day, it is still in my head and my heart. On one hand the story...

    This short novel (the weakest of the four Zola's I have read so far) is a tale of lust, madness and destruction set within the brooding, dingy backstreets of Paris. Not the back streets I know and love of today!. The eponymous protagonist, a repressed and silently resentful young woman...

    I Love Nature & Natural, but No More Novels of Naturalism In my voracity for reading most of the so-called classic novels, I read this short one without knowing much about it, nor did I read (until later) the preface in which Zola says this is a study of temperaments and not cha...

    Very scary, very dark and definitely wonderful. Could not put this down. I learned about evil in this book. ...

    Superb. Reading Zola surely sets the bar - I'd say he is the French Hardy but although they are both masters of their art and certainly like to dwell in the downer side of town, Zola deals with the city and the impact of the immediate environment and people on the psyche of the individ...

    Thrse Raquin is Dostoyevsky's re-imagination of Macbeth, channeled through mile Zola. Its a claustrophobic tale of murder and adultery that sets the scene for many modern French Romance novels to come. Taking the simplicity of the plot into consideration, I was pleasantly surp...

    The shortest and most readable books from the 20-vol Rougon-Macquart cycle but perhaps not the best one to start with. 'Germinal' more gives the full heavy, 19th C saga-with-issues flavour of Zola. ...

    Therese Raquin is not a very good novel. It does, however, have some very interesting parts. If you are a fan of noir fiction, you will easily pick up on some classic elements of the genre: two loser-lovers, a weak and whiney husband, a cast of additional characters that you also don?...

    Zola's preface to the second edition of this novel, which is included in the audiobook version I listened to, confirms that the work caused quite a sensation when it was first published in 1867. In the preface, Zola defends himself against charges of obscenity and states that the nov...

    Therese Raquin is Madame Bovary on steroids. The young Zola was impressed by Bovary, and its influence is clear throughout Raquin - but he ratchets every aspect of the story up, for better and...well, mostly for worse; this isn't as good as Bovary. Mainly that's because Zola is no m...

    Wow was that depressing! The first half reminded me of Poe's The Tell Tale Heart, the second half was akin to a Shakespearean tragedy. ...