The Belly of Paris

The Belly of Paris

Book - 1996
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One of Zola's most fascinating and exciting novels.
Publisher: Los Angeles : Sun & Moon Press, 1996.
Edition: 1st Sun & Moon Press ed.
ISBN: 9781557130662
Branch Call Number: FIC/ZOLA
Characteristics: 397 p. ; 20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Vizetelly, Ernest Alfred 1853-1922.


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Mar 30, 2015

"Zola researched his books much as though he were a journalist writing nonfiction."-from the introduction by Mark Kurlansky
The prolific French novelist Emile Zola, whose major work was a series of interconnected novels called the Rougon-Macquart saga (similar to Balzac's Human Comedy). Like his predecessor Balzac, Zola strove for a greater realism in the novel and explored the external forces (economic, political, social, religious) that shape characters' lives. "The Belly of Paris" is set in a Parisian food market and its theme of "the fat and the thin" (rich and poor) still resonates today. Translated and introduced by Mark Kurlanksy, the author of "Cod" and "Salt."

Jul 20, 2011

What an introduction to Paris! Quite a different world than today; an education for me for sure. The book contains a terrific glossary. Like all books I found the first half slow going as all the characters and plot was set up; the last half when much quicker.


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