Théresè Raquin

Théresè Raquin

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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 Raquin caused 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.
Publisher: London ; New York : Penguin Books, [2004]
Copyright Date: ©2004
ISBN: 9780140449440
Branch Call Number: ZOL
Characteristics: xxxvi, 201 pages ;,20 cm.


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May 12, 2015

I feel strangely surprised that I liked this book; maybe I’m more of a fan of melodrama than I thought.
For such a short story it certainly packs a punch, in a rather brutal and cruel way. When I requested a more mercenary attitude out of my heroines I wasn’t exactly expecting to get this much.
Despite all the cruelty witnessed and perpetrated by the humans in the story, I found the most traumatic part to be the scene with the cat, it was very seriously disturbing.

Jan 28, 2015

"Therese Raquin is the only one of Emile Zola's works outside of his novel-cycle "Les Rougon-Macquart and his polemic "J'Accuse" that is widely read. Indeed, with a few individual works from that twenty-volume cycle, it represents the height of his achievement as a novelist."-from the introduction
Along with Flaubert, Balzac, and de Maussapant, the French writer Emile Zola helped pioneer what we think of as realism (which would mutate into naturalism) and lay the groundwork for the modern novel. "Therese Raquin," which has been filmed several time, is one of his best-known and most accessible books, although it originally shocked people in 1867 for its frank, non-judgmental look at adultery, murder, suicide, and the dark controlling forces of society. Not a fun read by any means, but an important one for anyone who wants to understand the development of the novel. Its plot of a woman and her lover killing her husband also forecasts film noir and hardboiled fiction, especially the books of James M. Cain.

Sep 21, 2011

A story of lust out of control that leads to murder, this is not a "who dunnit" kind of crime mystery. Zola, with his literary skill, acquaints the reader intimately with the desires and consiousness of the 4 central characters, including the murderer's. A psychological thriller, the suspense never seems to ease up. Very enjoyable.

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