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Germinal (Wordsworth Classics of World Literature) Paperback – 1 Jul 2007


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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth (1 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840226188
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840226188
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 232,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By appleanna on 3 May 2011
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Wow what a find...a real revelation about working practice in France...women miners.....whats more the English translation reads like any English book, no hang-ups in the translation nice and smooth reading...only sorry when it finished...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Docdaved on 22 Nov 2012
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Germinal is one of the great novels of the 19th century. It stands alone but is all the better when read alongside La Terre which is very much a companion piece. Better still one can read it in terms of the whole Rougon-Macquart series of novels, though I expect that many readers do not have the time nor the inclination to do this. The major characters e.g. Etienne Lantier and Catherine, Mahue and Maheude are superbly drawn and we can see the development of each as the novel progresses. The second tier of characters are also well defined though they usually do not develop much and some e.g. Rasseneur maintain their views throughout. They are the rocks on which working class organisations were built. There are dozens of minor characters who add to Zola's attempt at realism and bring us the great social sweep of this novel. The descriptions of life (and death) underground, poverty and the effects of the strike are heart rending. Political theory and activists all come under scrutiny (Marx for instance, and anarchists through the character of Souvarine) and they do not escape criticism, though we feel that Zola is on the side of the people - a form of socialism but without some of socialism's attendant naivete. The introduction and the notes are informative but on the thin side. Some readers would want more, I think, but then Wordsworth editions are always minimalist in this area. However, this does not detract too much from the great struggle of labour versus capital that Zola set out to write.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Christopher Harris VINE VOICE on 17 April 2012
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Well it's in my Top Ten novels of all time! This is a dark book set in a 19th century French mining community. It's not a feel-good book! It is generally regarded as Zola's best novel and I think that is right, although he wrote many splendid novels.

The hero is Étienne Lantier who turns up in at least one other of Zola's novels in the "Les Rougon-Macquart" series. I guess you might say that it is a "socialist" novel as it tells the story from the workers point of view but it is generally regarded as being pretty accurate about the appalling working conditions of the time. The plot is great and the mining scenes are gripping and it has an exciting ending. A great read!
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By KJP on 19 Mar 2014
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Zola writes eloquently and memorably on the miserable lives of the miners exploited and dangerously neglected by the indifferent capitalist mine owners. Etienne is a well developed character who watches events slide out of control, and loses the one bit of meaning he has in the maelstrom of the days. Zola presages the process and outcome of our own miners' strike in the 80s and his book is almost a blueprint of how industrial action is reviled and ignored by the ruling class. I recommend this book highly.
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