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14 December 2015
Money is the 18th (of 20) in Zola's Rougon-Macquart series of novels, a 'Natural and Social History of a Family under the Second Empire' in France.
This brilliant novel follows the fortunes of Aristide Rougon, known as Saccard, as he pursues his way through the French financial institutions, with a grand scheme to build a bank (the Universal Bank) and speculate on the stock market. A power house of a novel with a great cast of characters typical of Zola. Saccard enjoys great appetites in life, money being the main one and as he builds his bank and makes an incredible fortune on the stock market for his share holders, taking in all classes of people, from the most humble and poor, to the rich. But as the share prices for the Universal soar to untold of highs not all is as it should be, shady goings on mean that the eventual crash of the bank and the schemes and undertakings in the Middle East leave all involved a lot worse of than when they began.
As with all the Zola novels in the Rougon-Macquart series that I have read this is highly recommended, Zola's brilliant descriptions of people, places and events mean that one is engrossed from beginning to end and it is nicely (as are all OWC books) annotated, showing that some events and people are based in part on real people and events and some even mirror recent events - what goes around, comes around.
Anyone who loves reading (especially 19th c novels) and has yet to try Zola, please give him a go. Recommended titles are; L'Assommoir (the dram shop); Nana; Germinal; La Bete Humaine. All excellent, but I started with L'Assommoir and recommend that as as good a novel to start with as any.
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