I liked the story as a novel, it was about a relationship between a mother and a daughter in s France, upper middle class. Something I've read In A Love Episode we find our heroine a baffled young lady with emotions running wild. Something I've read very little about. I loved that Zola took us on an emotional ride, he was kind of researching the human experience of love. What it can turn into and what it can do to a person.
As I mentioned, the mother was kind of baffled, it seemed she didn't have a grasp on life and didn't think but felt. Everything that happens to her, we experience through her feelings. The daughter was an evil little thing but just like with everyone who appears to be like that, there is a layer of emotion once you dig deeper. Paris, well at times it was the kindest, most beautiful safe haven, at times, a brute.
As a part of the Rougon-Macquart series, this novel really stands out as the odd one. It doesn't fit in. I liked it but I would have prefered it as a novel separate from the series. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is the 8th book in the series and it's the 17th one that I've read. I read the Elek Books translation from , translated by Jean Stewart.
Although this isn't one of the best books of the series it has its moments and has Zola's stamp all over it. The story is essentially a simple one and involves only a handful of characters. So the stripped down plot is this: Their marriage was ok, but without passion. She now lives a seclud This is the 8th book in the series and it's the 17th one that I've read.
She now lives a secluded life with her sickly daughter, Jeanne. Whilst this is happening Jeanne is left alone and in the following days falls ill and eventually dies. Rambaud who she respects but does not love passionaely. There are other interesting characters but not as many as there are in some of Zola's other novels. There is also an interesting structure to the book - one that I liked anyway.
The book consists of five parts and each part has five chapters. In the last chapter of each part the scene is one of isolation or reflection, where Zola puts his descriptive powers to good use.
Une Page d'amour
She's a bit bored and she's looking out over the Paris skyline which Zola describes beautifully. Similarly in the last chapter of Part Two she's alone but she realises that she's falling in love with Henri. In the last chapter of Part Three she has company but she's alone in her thoughts. Rambaud proposes to her. Zola describes Paris at night. There's a storm outside and Jeanne opens the window. She's unhappy and listless and full of a child's self-pity which Zola describes brilliantly. So what's bad about it? Well, not much, it's just a bit too predictable I suppose. Still, even one of Zola's mediocre books is better than most nineteenth century writer's best efforts.
On to the next one Jul 31, Ilana S.
Recently widowed, shortly after having moved to Paris from Marseilles with her now deceased husband and their child, she now lives in a cozy apartment with her daughter Jeanne and a servant. Jeanne has inherited the nervous illnesses of her great-grandmother, and when the novel begins, has just been suffering from seizures. Deberle, who is her landlord and neighbour and comes to Jeanne's rescue in the first pages of the book. This was my least favourite book in the series so far and honestly a serious disappointment after L'Assomoir , which in all fairness must have been very hard for Zola to follow up indeed.
Most of the novel takes place in the close confines of the one bedroom apartment, making for an unpleasant claustrophobic feeling which is only relieved by Zola's descriptions of the Paris scenery at each closing chapter in the five-part novel. That being said, "bad" Zola is still Zola , albeit not particularly recommended unless have set for yourself the task of reading the whole series, as I have. Apr 18, Alex rated it liked it Shelves: I read a translation online by C.
Fall in love with the upper bourgeoisie in a Parisian suburb. Helene's spirited AKA "not totally annoying" friend Dr. Juliette Deberle decides to throw a wonderful party for children to come dressed in costume! Ah, check out the fashion I read a translation online by C. Ah, check out the fashionable Japan craze of the s!
Helene's a single mother. Her daughter Jeanne has fits, both of the bedridden for months at a time, and extreme jealousy of her mother's friends varieties. Helene and Juliette's husband, Dr. Henri Deberle, fall in love.
Publication Chronology « The Books of Émile Zola
So does Helene's maid and her soldier boyfriend from the country. As does Jeanne and her playmate M. Occasionally, Helene or Jeanne will look far out into the distance from their house in the suburbs to gaze upon beautiful Paris, in which they've only been in three times. But Zola knows all about Paris. And so pages and pages of exposition are spent on describing Paris and its many buildings in all seasons, times of day, and weather conditions.
Paris is on fire. And so that malevolent young girl on the cover is the inheritor of the Macquart character flaws. To read the rest of my review please visit http: The Goodreads description is an extract from an Afterward in the English translation I read. It is quite true that this novel seems quite different than most of the others I have so far read of the series. The rain had ceased, and the clouds were trooping off like some herd of monsters hurrying in disorderly array into the gloom of the horizon.
A blue gap, that grew larger by degrees, had opened up above the city.
But Helene, her elbows trembling on the window-rail, still breathless from her has The Goodreads description is an extract from an Afterward in the English translation I read. But Helene, her elbows trembling on the window-rail, still breathless from her hasty ascent, saw nothing, and merely heard her heart beating against her swelling breast. This is perhaps not the best quote as an example of how Zola uses Paris as seen from that window to define the mood the characters who live by that window.
Zola often uses what can be seen of Paris from that window. In this way, the words of the afterward that Zola is more poetic in this novel is quite accurate. This quote comes early in the novel and, as I reread it here, provides more foreshadowing than I understood when reading the novel. Though this is by no means my favorite of the series, it most certainly adds to Zola's picture of France during the period. I'm glad to have had it included. Un ouvrage d' Emile Zola qui, avec le Reve, marque une difference dans la decheance de la famille Rougon-Macquart en ce qu'il entame l'innocence fragilisee dans l'heredite familiale dans la personne de Jeanne qui souffre de maux herites de son ancetre a qui elle ressemble physiquement.
Et l'amour va au-dela entre le docteur qui traite Jeanne et la mere de Jeanne Helene qui en apparence n'a rien de mal sauf qu'elle a transmis a sa fille ce gene de sa grande tante. La Scene de la violence du mal e Un ouvrage d' Emile Zola qui, avec le Reve, marque une difference dans la decheance de la famille Rougon-Macquart en ce qu'il entame l'innocence fragilisee dans l'heredite familiale dans la personne de Jeanne qui souffre de maux herites de son ancetre a qui elle ressemble physiquement.
La Scene de la violence du mal est a son apogee car le mal fait place a la mort qui vainc l'amour meme. L'heredite se trouve le vainqueur. Roman de souffrance et d'innocence Mar 29, Tawanna rated it it was amazing. Excellent descriptions that keep you turning the pages. Lovely use of imagery, intense with emotion. Feb 25, Karine Mon coin lecture rated it it was ok Shelves: Et une raillerie terrible lui venait, contre sa raison.
On ne luttait plus contre la mort, on comptait les heures.
- Kit and Cathy: In Search of Leonardo (Horsey and Friends Book 10)?
- Buy for others.
- Civil Society and Transitions in the Western Balkans (New Perspectives on South-East Europe);
- Les Rougon-Macquart - Wikipedia!
- Le Rêve (novel) - Wikipedia;
- The Travel Agency;
- Customers who bought this item also bought?
There is no doubting it: Zola is a master. While some writers, critics, and readers sing rapturous praise of Balzac, Maupassant, or Flaubert, I feel the same way about Zola. No other writer of prose can equal his flair, detail, insight, emotional punch, and integration of setting and character development into a tale that is both intellectually stimulating and a rollicking pleasure to read. What other writer can be both subtle and overwhelming at once? They are the principle habitation of his art because they encompass life itself.
It profiles the last of the Mouret line -- the bourgeois side of the Rougon family, who feature in the five novels that follow the first five about the more aristocratic Rougon. But often lost amid all those classics is this novel, which is a masterpiece in its own right. Her daughter, Jeanne, inherits a great deal of the illness of Tante Dide, which is clear from the seizures she suffers in the opening pages. Stuck with a sick child in the midst of widowhood after a dull marriage, she desires only the liberation of love and sexual pleasure.
Locked in a fate determined by heredity and her social circumstances, she call only watch from a distance -- as she does of Paris from her window -- as her dreams and desires waste away into death. Now, we enter into the darker, grittier novels of the Macquart family -- the working and lower classes who suffer the same fate as their more prosperous Mouret and Rougon cousins, but from the standpoint of those without the means to obscure their suffering in the gilded oblivion of wealth and privilege. The most rewarding experience of my life as a reader continues.
This is close to the worst of the Rougon-Macquart series. Now Zola is not capable of writing anything truly bad. The book seems a little like it is trying to do for love what Le Bete Humaine did for murder. That is at first glance it feels like it is going to be a kind of taxonomy of love, but really it is the story of an affair and of a mother's love for its child. It was written directly after L'Assomoire and it feels like he was doing something less ambitious and less in your face after that w This is close to the worst of the Rougon-Macquart series.
It was written directly after L'Assomoire and it feels like he was doing something less ambitious and less in your face after that work. It's good, especially the descriptions of Paris seen from a distance and its entertaining, but it is much less ambitious than pretty much anything else that he wrote and the characters in it, while well drawn, are a bit bland, apart from the little girl.
It's worth reading, but only if you have read about a dozen other works by Zola first. If you are a hard core Zola fan, then go ahead and you will find it a pleasant but minor work by him. For anyone else, there are a great many other of his novels which are much much better.
- 5 Days to Power: The Journey to Coalition Britain;
- Product details.
- Une Page d'amour (Les Rougon-Macquart, #8) by Émile Zola?
- Dépasser Copenhague, apprendre à coopérer : Propostition de politique post-Kyoto (Questions contemporaines) (French Edition)!
May 11, Julian Meynell rated it liked it Shelves: May 07, C. Besides the fact that the event series continiue in a slow pace, the book comes forward with excellent descriptions of Paris. I wished I had seen the city before reading the book. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Zola s best-known literary works include the twenty-volume Les Rougon-Macquart, an epic work that examined the influences of violence, alcohol and prostitution on French society through the experiences of two families, the Rougons and the Macquarts. Other remarkable works by Zola include Contes? In addition to his literary contributions, Zola played a key role in the Dreyfus Affair of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. His newspaper article J Accuse accused the highest levels of the French military and government of obstruction of justice and anti-semitism, for which he was convicted of libel in After a brief period of exile in England, Zola returned to France where he died in Product details File Size: November 4, Sold by: Enabled Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
Finalement elle se dit qu'elle ne connaissait pas Henri. Read more Read less.
April 2, 1840 – September 29, 1902
French Similar books to Les Rougon-Macquart: Histoire naturelle et sociale d'une famille sous le second empire: Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser. Editorial Reviews About the Author? Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review.
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway.