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Germinal

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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."

Folio Society 2010 edition in decorative blue cloth housed in plain black slipcase.Book in "as new" condition with no flaws. Black slipcase is solid but has a few scuffs and a white mark to the spine. A near fine copy.

Item details

Author(s):
Emile Zola
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
25 x 17.2 x 4.7 cm
Edition:
2010
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
483

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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."

Folio Society 2010 edition in decorative blue cloth housed in plain black slipcase.Book in "as new" condition with no flaws. Black slipcase is solid but has a few scuffs and a white mark to the spine. A near fine copy.

Author(s):
Emile Zola
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
25 x 17.2 x 4.7 cm
Edition:
2010
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
483

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