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The Mysteries of Marseilles

Emile Zola

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The elopement of Philippe Cayol, an aspiring liberal, poor and untitled with Blanche De Cazalis, niece of a powerful millionaire and politician sets the stage in this novel full of twists and turns with villains a plenty. Philippe's brother Marius strives to protect the two lovers from the De Cazalis' uncontrolled fury. Although written in his youth Zola's signature style, his indignation about injustice and his vivid characterization of the noble, the wealthy and common man is very evident in this non stop adventure.

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3,5/5

A caballo entre el folletín y la novela realista y de denuncia social, es una de las primeras novelas publicadas por Zola. Muchos malos, unos pocos buenos. Jóvenes rebeldes, raptos de doncellas, tíos malísimos, hermanos y floristas buenísimos, banqueros y prestamistas desalmados, revueltas populares

I haven't read much Zola -- just Nana eons ago -- and I understand this early work is not up to his later novels, so I came at this mostly as what I hoped would be one of the better thrillers written in the wake of The Mysteries of Paris. While it's fun, it lacks much of the pulpy appeal of Eugene S

"I misteri di Marsiglia" di Émile Zola,1867, scritto in contemporanea con il romanzo Teresa Raquin.
Il romanzo risente del fatto che è un feuilleton, fu pubblicato a puntate su Le Messager de Provence. Questo perchè alcuni episodi parentetici appaiono distoglienti dalla linea narrativa principale se

This was originally serialised in a magazine; just when you think everything is going to be resolved, a fresh tangent is added. Zola has much to say about the lack of morality and meritocracy in the rich and wealth giving the illusion of superiority. I admit I skimmed much of these chapters simply b

В чём состоит задача писателя? Писать. Не имеет значения, как именно писать. Просто писать. Не думая о завтрашнем дне. На заглядывая в будущее. Писатель трудится для себя! Более никому он ничем не обязан. Пусть исходят желчью критики, пусть негодуют читатели. Что с того писателю? Ему требуется забот

Zola has to be my favorite French author. Without a doubt. This book was just beautiful in its angst. Lots of hand wringing
The ending could not have been more perfect

This is a helluva good story! This borders on Victor Hugo, it is rollicking, adventurous, and a real stem-winder from start to finish. There are villains, there are some really good characters, and there is some awesome history about France in the late-1840s. We have an elopement, pregnancy, a fortu

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