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14 June 2014
I was reading this on a train when a friend spotted me and said "That's a bit highbrow isn't it?" which illustrates a problem with Zola's work in that for some reason it is seen as "heavy" or maybe "worthy" which scares off readers. Well I don't do "highbrow" but I do enjoy well written character driven novels that illustrate their time with elegance, wit and a fair degree of tension. Well known as being "realistic" novels Zola's Rougon-Macquart series basically tell the story of mid-19th century France through the doings of a disparate and often dissolute extended family. This volume deals mainly with banking and politics and has many echoes which still reverberate today and in many ways is quite prescient of today's various crises. And it's not heavy! It's remarkably easy to read as it happens, largely through the excellent translation courtesy of Valerie Minogue (no relation I assume) and it's a definite YES from me...
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4.7 out of 5 stars