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A Zola Dictionary; the Characters of the Rougon-Ma

J. G Patterson

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Denise. He worked for a time with a cabinet-maker in Valognes, but earned nothing, though he learned to carve so well that a gentleman promised to find a place for him with an ivory-carver in Paris. He accepted the offer, and came to the city with his sister and young brother. At first he earned only his board and lodging, and, as he was good-looking and a favourite with women, he made heavy inroads on his sister's small purse. Ultimately, when he did get a wage, he took the earliest opportunity of getting married, inducing his sister, as usual, to give him what little money she had been able to save. Au Bonheur des Dames.

BAUDU (PEPE), the youngest brother of Denise. He was a mere child when the family came to Paris, and it was only by the greatest self-sacrifice that Denise was able to support him. When she went to "The Ladies' Paradise" he was boarded with Madame Gras, and after his sister's dismissal he went with her to Bourras, who showed great kindness to. . . Read More

Community Reviews

An overview of the Rougon-Macquart saga with "biographies" of the fictional characters.

(5 stars if I were the kind of person who gave 5 stars more regularly.)

Zola's Rougon-Macquart series has 20 novels, takes place over 25 years, and features at least 1,200 characters! This book from 1912 catalogues them all (including the occasional non-human) with brief biographies. A great suppleme

The skeleton key to the sprawling Rougon-Macquart novels of Emile Zola.

I've read three or four of the twenty novels and think I might take a stab at going completist. Getting organized, I purchased the guide to the Characters, a standard edition by JG Patterson. Next step: what order to read them in

I'm still reading through A Zola Dictionary; the Characters of the Rougon-Macquart Novels of Emile Zola. An excellent companion to his works.

This was sort of weird. I love the Rougon-MacQuart novels - but a dictionary that lists the names of cows and horses as characters seems a little obsessive?

I do like all things Zola. This is a nice reference book to remind one of how it all fits together (when it does fit together).
It has me warmed up to dive back into the saga. I was suprised how many of the books I have already read.