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Thérèse Raquin (1867)

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In a dingy apartment on the Passage du Pont-Neuf in Paris, Therese Raquin is trapped in a loveless marriage to her sickly cousin, Camille. The numbing tedium of her life is suddenly shattered when she embarks on a turbulent affair with her husband's earthy friend Laurent, but their animal passion for each other soon compels the lovers to commit a crime that will haunt them forever. Therese Raquincaused a scandal when it appeared in 1867 and brought its twenty-seven-year-old author a notoriety that followed him throughout his life. Zola's novel is not only an uninhibited portrayal of adultery, madness and ghostly revenge, but also a devastating exploration of the darkest aspects of human existence.… (more)
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Thérèse Raquin by Émile Zola (1867)

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this is my first zola...and omg! for such a simple plot, zola's prose had me hooked from start to finish!

i loved it so much that i started looking around for reviews of this book to see if they share my experience. most of them mentioned that zola was exploring the naturalistic nature of his characters. that is, that the characters in the book could not help acting the way they did, their inner natures just responding to the events happening around them, and so they were simply helplessly watching their personal hells play out.

there is no doubt this kind of atmosphere through out the book...i felt sorry for the characters (especially therese and madam raquin), but i could not fully blame any one...but i disagree that they were totally powerless...their situations were the sum of choices they have made in their lives up to that point, after all. from that point of view, i think therese arguably had it worst, as she had the least capability to choose growing up...

in any case, a superb book and definitely will not be my last zola. and kate winslet's performance is magnificent! ( )
  riida | May 22, 2021 |
I picked this up because Kate Winslet is a fantastic narrator. I have listened to several books she has done, and they were full of fabulous, so as soon as I saw this one, I snapped it up. And I am trying to read more classics and more translations. Speaking of translations, I have no idea who did this one - I have looked and looked but cannot discover who the translator was for this edition, so if any of you know please speak up. I wish Audible would do a better job of crediting the translators - I feel like I always have to go looking for it in other sources. Anyway, it's awful. The story is awful and the people in it are awful, and yet I could not look away. It's about lust and greed and murder and paranoia, and the best character is not the title character but instead Madame Raquin, who is the aunt and MIL of Thérèse. The story loses a full star for me because of what happens to the cat near the end of the story - it is horrible and completely gratuitous. What Zola did do well was to create psychological tension that slowly builds into madness, and even though you know how it has to end you have to watch it play out. It's like an Alfred Hitchcock movie without the comic relief or the character that you root for. ( )
  Crazymamie | Mar 31, 2021 |
It tells the story of an unhappy young woman married to her first cousin by an authoritarian aunt, who may seem well-intentioned, but in many ways is deeply selfish. Thérèse's husband, Camille, is sick and self-centered, and when the opportunity arises, Thérèse enters a turbulent, sordid and passionate affair with one of Camille's friends, Laurent. ( )
  Marcos_Augusto | Feb 19, 2021 |
Thérèse Raquin swims in a vast ocean of guilt and sorrow. Initially trapped in a loveless and boring marriage arranged and planned for Madame Raquin’s interest, Thérèse an orphan, without a taste of independence as a mind of her own, not so much their consideration for her own opinion, rebel in the most repugnant of ways. What starts off as small doses of freedom and pleasure becomes a gnawing hunger for an unrepentant and reckless solution. And as this slips easily in that small, tight interstice between murder and ardour its most appalling and perverse plot device is not with the offense committed but the inflicted psychological torture that heightens page after page. It traps in a cellar of nausea. Complicity becomes ugly resistance.

Zola’s acerbic and riveting prose where the plot is seamlessly ingrained is certain to shock and horrify to this day. However, as some twists and turns can be infeasible and absurd they mildly take away the pounding suspense and excruciating punishment of a passionate love turned hatred. It also includes some of the medical, often in psychology, beliefs at that time which are both interesting and ridiculous (hysteria as the only malady of women, anyone?) A novel easily not for the faint-hearted; short and scalding. ( )
  lethalmauve | Jan 25, 2021 |
Memuakkan dan menjijikkan adalah dua kata yang pantas untuk menggambarkan Laurent dan Therese.
Walaupun aku sedikit mengerti perasaan Therese yang memiliki suami seperti Camille. Tetapi tetap saja perbuatannya yang berselingkuh dengan Laurent sampai akhirnya bekerja sama untuk membunuh Camille benar-benar biadab. Ah, lega rasanya waktu mereka didera perasaan bersalah karena pembunuhan yang mereka lakukan. ( )
  Titut | Feb 10, 2020 |
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sebbene i francesi vogliano fare i primi della classe in letteratura, arte, filosofia, poesia, non saranno mai in grado di realizzare questo utopico sogno.
perchè la falsità li forgia dalla notte dei tempi
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Émile Zolaprimary authorall editionscalculated
Buss, RobinTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Degas, EdgarCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lysy, KatiaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rothwell, AndrewIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rothwell, AndrewTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Winslet, KateNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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At the end of the Rue Guenegaud, coming from the quays, you find the Arcade of the Pont Neuf, a sort of narrow, dark corridor running from the Rue Mazarine to the Rue de Seine.
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In a dingy apartment on the Passage du Pont-Neuf in Paris, Therese Raquin is trapped in a loveless marriage to her sickly cousin, Camille. The numbing tedium of her life is suddenly shattered when she embarks on a turbulent affair with her husband's earthy friend Laurent, but their animal passion for each other soon compels the lovers to commit a crime that will haunt them forever. Therese Raquincaused a scandal when it appeared in 1867 and brought its twenty-seven-year-old author a notoriety that followed him throughout his life. Zola's novel is not only an uninhibited portrayal of adultery, madness and ghostly revenge, but also a devastating exploration of the darkest aspects of human existence.

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