9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
An emotional rollercoaster,
By A Customer
This review is from: Germinal (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback)
This is the 5th novel by Zola I have read and the best yet. The novel takes you on an emotional rollercoaster as you accompany the Maheu family through their bitter struggle to survive life in a French mining village. Their lot is a terrible one but Zola paints a picture of real people who feel love, jealousy, desire, greed and pride and whom you care about. Their animal existence is shocking and as usual Zola paints a vivid picture of their surroundings which draws you in completely. The novel contains many strands and Zola also scrutinises the lives of the masters who seem immune to the suffering of their workers and whose families cause them the same grief and strife as the miners whom they consider to be a different species. Its a dramatic novel which is beautifully written and most importantly its a storyline that will have you on the edge of your seat.