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Piping Hot!

Émile Zola

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. . .Being very short-sighted he thought her pretty, with her pronounced Breton features and her hair the colour of dirty hemp. When she brought in the roast, a piece of veal, she leant right over his shoulder, to reach the centre of the table; and he, pretending to pick up his napkin, gave her a good pinch on the calf of her leg. The servant, not understanding, looked at him, as though he had asked her for some bread.

“What is it?” said Madame Josserand. “Did she knock against you, sir? Oh! that girl! she is so awkward! But, you know, she is quite new to the work; she will be better when she has had a little training.”

“No doubt, there is no harm done,” replied Trublot, stroking his bushy black beard with the serenity of a young Indian god.

The conversation was becoming more animated in the diningroom, at first . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Zola again writes with contempt and, at times, dark humor about the duplicity of all parts of society during the Second Empire. I can't think of one sympathetic or likeable character—much like his novel,
The Kill
—but found it thoroughly engaging nonetheless.

The setting is a modern apartment hous

He spoke of creating an entirely new type of commerce, providing every kind of luxury for women in huge palaces of crystal, amassing millions in broad daylight, and at nighttime being brilliantly illuminated as if for some princely festival.

It was a scandal that had become the talk of Paris - a s

"Jednog trenutka opat Madvi nađe se opet sam, usred opustelog salona. Gledao je kroz širom otvorena vrata tišmu gostiju, i pobeđen, smešio se, i opet plaštom religije zaogrtao ovu pokvarenu buržoaziju, kao glavni reditelj ceremonije koji je pokrivao živu ranu da bi usporio konačno raspadanje. Trebal

Ah, Zola!!! What a pleasure each time renewed when we open one of his works. Here is no exception. We are following a Mouret this time, Octave, more precisely. Having left his campaign, he landed in Paris with the avowed aim of conquering it. It quickly takes its marks, but the ascent not done fast

Pot-Bouille è il decimo libro pubblicato da Zola (1882) per il Ciclo dei Rougon-Maquart-*.
Titolo che , nelle edizioni italiane (difficili da trovare, a onor del vero...) lo troviamo tradotto con
“Quel che bolle in pentola” oppure “La solita minestra” o ancora “Dietro la facciata”.
Il termine Pot-boui

Ενα ευχαριστο ανάγνωσμα. Πολλα τα ονοματα των ηρωων στο εργο αυτο. Βασικο στοιχείο η απιστία.. είναι η πρωτη μου επαφη με εργο του Ζολα.

Zola gencligimin en sevdigi yazarlari arasindaydi ,butun kitaplarini zevkle okudugumu söyleyebilirim hepsinin ayri ayri izi var hala.
Eski Paris hayatinin isci ve burjuva kesiminin aralarindaki cekismeleri, sinif kavgalarini, aile kisilik kavramlarinin devamli degistigi ortamda toplumdaki calkantilar

Librairie Générale Française (1974),
Mass Market Paperback, 510 pages (French Edition)
Original publication date: 1882

I was rather amused to find that in the introduction to this cheap, badly printed paperback edition, Mr. D'Armand Lanoux, a writer who had received the Prix Goncourt, in what is an oh

A prototypical bedroom farce. The bible for 1970s British comedy scriptwriters.

Translator's Note
Select Bibliography
A Chronology of Émile Zola

--Pot Luck

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