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Lourdes by Émile Zola
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Lourdes (1894)

by Émile Zola

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Series: Les Trois Villes (1)

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LOURDES tells the story of a four day pilgrimage to the famous shrine in the late 19th century from the point of view of an abbe who has lost faith. He accompanies a childhood friend and her father as they seek a cure for her paralysis and pain. The abbe no longer believes in miracles and this story is about the faith of those who have no where else to turn. Still powerful today, as many turn from a science-based medical establishment when it offers no cures, to faith healings which heal, if not always the physical symptoms, the anguish and pain of hopelessness, this book explores the hearts and minds of the faithful with respect and insight. Zola's descriptions of trains and hospitals full of the diseased hopeful are overwhelming to read. His mixing of the political, the spiritual and the personal is well-balanced and provides a great tale. You will find the story of Bernadette and the Lady of Lourdes here, but if you are looking for inspirational reading about miraculous cures, you should look elsewhere. This book is about the very human side of a place usually known only for its miracles. ( )
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Toen in den rijdenden trein de pelgrims en de zieken, die op de harde banken van den wagon 3de klasse opeengehoopt zaten, het Ave Maris Stella, dat zij bij het verlaten van de Gare d'Orleans aangeheven hadden, ten einde zongen, zag Marie, die zich, door een koortsachtig ongeduld aangegrepen, half opgericht had van haar ziekbed, de vestingwerken.
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In this moving depiction of a pilgrimage to Lourdes, the master French realist has created a novel of vivid characters and subtle commentary on suffering and the belief in miracles as the last desperate refuge from pain. Based on his own trip to the fabled grotto, the novel follows a simple five-part structure corresponding to the five-day train trip from Paris to Lourdes and back. Zola's brilliant observational powers are at their best as he moves from character to character describing in great detail the physical effects of their illnesses, their hopes, beliefs, fears, and above all endurance. The great novelist himself makes a brief appearance in the story, disguised as a sceptical reporter whose probing questions embarrass a doctor in charge of verifying the alleged miracles. In the end, amidst the tumult of emotions whipped up by religious fervour a miracle of a sort does take place, a psychosomatic cure of a woman suffering from hysterical paralysis. To a few sceptical observers in the entourage the event is a predictable natural occurrence, but to the majority of simple believers it is proof of divine intervention. In our age of televangelists and faith healers, this story has lost none of its relevance.

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p9smile p9sdouard Charles Antoine Zola[1] (* 2. April 1840 in Paris; (QG (B29. September 1902 ebenda) war ein franzsischer Schriftsteller und Journalist. Zola gilt als einer der gro?en franzsischen Romanciers des 19. Jahrhunderts und als Leitfigur und Begr(4)(Bnder der gesamteuropischen literarischen Strmung des Naturalismus. Zugleich war er ein sehr aktiver Journalist, der sich auf einer gem?igt linken Position am politischen Leben beteiligte. Sein Artikel J'accuse ...! (Ich klage an ...!) spielte eine Schl(4)(Bsselrolle in der Dreyfus-Affre, die Frankreich jahrelang in Atem hielt, und trug entscheidend zur spteren Rehabilitierung des flschlich wegen Landesverrats verurteilten Offiziers Alfred Dreyfus bei. (Auszug aus Wikipedia)… (more)

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