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The Fortune of the Rougons

The Fortune of the Rougons [Kindle Edition]

Émile Zola , Ernest Alfred Vizetelly
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She made no reply; but he realised that she was staggering. He thereupon handed the flag to one of the other insurgents and quitted the ranks, almost carrying the girl in his arms. She struggled a little, she felt so distressed at appearing such a child. But he calmed her, telling her that he knew of a cross-road which shortened the distance by one half. They would be able to take a good hour's rest and reach Orcheres at the same time as the others.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 509 KB
  • Print Length: 266 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1444464000
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0084715J6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rougon - Macquart, the beginning...... 31 Dec 2007
Although not the most thrilling of the Rougon - Macquart series, this book sets the scene for what is to follow. It weaves a rich tapestry of characters and places which recur again and again. It provides the reader with an understanding of the motivations of the characters in the successive books and also of the genealogical basis of the succeeding characters. We see the mental anomalies of the three founding memebers of the "family" which reappear down the generations in different forms and with slight variations.

Set as a tragic love story against the backdrop of a Republican coup d'etat we see the idealistic and romantic hero of the novel being gradually subdued by the oppurtunistic and cynical members of the family. The book traces the genesis of the Rougons and the Macquarts from the same woman in the town of Plassans and then follows each family branch as they struggle for influence among the bourgeoisie of this town. We see the Rougons as they, after a lifetime of seeming failure, back the right horse and start their ascendancy through the ranks of society. The Macquarts, however, seem destined for eternity to lives of toil and burden, as they the illegitimates descended from a drunkard, never manage to shake off their inherited malaises'.

This book forms the cornerstone of Zola's philosophy regarding geneology, and while discredited nowadays, makes for a very interesting read. The book does not shake the earth in the same manner as some of its successors but it provides the reader with an invaluable insight into his mind and the scientific theories of the era. Although some of the allusions are somewhat exuberant and the finesses that grace the successive novels not as prevalent here, this book is a worthwhile addition as it provides the backdrop against which a truly amazing series is set.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fortune of the Rougons 31 Mar 2011
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I have read other books in this series without realising a series existed! This puts other events, characters and ideas into place. Zola's style is so readable and the historical and political context is fascinating. Intending now to read them all in order!
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2.0 out of 5 stars The fortune of the Rougons 15 Feb 2014
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This is the very 1st novel in Zola's Rougon-Maquart cycle. It gives the reader the origins of the 2 families. However, it is VERY SLOW GOING and tragic in it's conclusion, not to mention you need a good historical understanding of the events leading up to the establishment of the 2nd French Empire.
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This is the first novel in Zola's epic Rougon-Macquart cycle of 20 novels about intertwined families in a fictional town during the years of the Second Empire of Napoleon III. I read the deservedly much more famous Germinal back in 2000 without realising it was part of any cycle. This first novel establishes the background to all the main characters against the dramatic backdrop of the coup of December 1851 when democratically elected president Louis Napoleon seized absolute power and aped his uncle by donning an imperial mantle. While it will be useful for understanding later novels in the cycle, in itself it was fairly dull and slow moving in parts and many of the characters cane across as rather comedic. 3/5
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fortune of the Rougons 12 May 2013
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This is a typically Zola-esque novel. He gives vivid description of character and appearance and weaves a complicated narrative. Gripping!
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4.0 out of 5 stars And so it begins... 30 Jun 2011
I was recently recommended Zola's Germinal, but before embarking upon it, the 'Rougon-Macquart' series came to my attention. Thus I decided to read them in the order in which Zola himself intended them to be read. First on the list is this intricate tale of the Rougons a family from the town of Plassans. The vast plot builds the platform for the series introducing the first generations of this illustrious family. I found it interesting the way that Zola weaves his narrative around political intrigues without ever condemning or advocating them. My first experience with Zola was thoroughly enjoyable, however the quality of this book wasn't the greatest, the size was awkward and the amount of text on each page was almost daunting. Although it is remarked elsewhere that Zola's writing's stand alone as individual works placing little emphasis reading them in any particular order, I would recommend taking the time to plan your journey through the series. Having started the next book in the series "His Excellency" I'm looking forward to further familiarising myself with the symbolic characters.
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4.0 out of 5 stars In the Geginning 5 Nov 2011
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As might be expected this novel takes its time about setting situations and relationships that wil be expanded later in the sequence. This, of necessity, makes for a slow pace at times but it is not without its moments of pace and passion. Most importantly it sets out how the Rougons and the Macquarts came to be one family and it gives us the semi rural background of Plassans (Aix-en-Provence) at the beginning of the Third Empire. As a Zola fan I found it an enjoyable read, though its not on a par with the great novels of the sequence (La Terre and Germinal for example). It is necessary in the grand scheme of the sequence, if not for the casual reader.
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