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
1557130663
Branch Call Number: FIC/ZOLA
Characteristics: 397 p. ; 20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Vizetelly, Ernest Alfred 1853-1922.

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lukasevansherman
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."

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Lanny213
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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