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May 23, Paquita Maria Sanchez rated it it was amazing Shelves: This was almost equally as devastating especially in the last third when everything starts to fall apart meyhabe the difference between this and Germinal was that that had a steady pace and this one just plodded along and stretched out for ages in the middle.

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Completely unapologetic, Zola simply replied that he wrote about life as it is actually lived among the meyhans. When I’m so bored of playing bingo and wa Okay, so I’m throwing in the towel. Jun 25, Lisa rated it it was amazing Shelves: The last lines are similar to a row of beautiful, gleaming daggers.

I struggle with Emile Zola; I have, to use a vulgar phrase, beef with him. The second half of the novel describes the downward spiral of addiction in its most minute details.

My favorite scene in the novel is when Gervaise and Coupeau, along with their large wedding party, wander into the Louvre. It has been a long time since I’ve if I’ve ever so excessively cringed, tensed up, sighed from such unadulterated frustration, and chewed the insides of my mouth from stress while reading about imaginary people.


As always with Zola, human nature is naked, crudely.

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They never even knew what she did die of. Is there anything unusual or unexpected in way they interact with the sculptures and paintings? Well, I stop there, you will understand the tone of the novel. He manages to hide it long enough from Gervaise, but it eventually seeps out and he barely avoids becoming a murderous abuser like Bijard. Nov 11, Duane rated it it was amazing Shelves: Supporting herself as a laundress, she soon marries Coupeau, a young tin worker, and they have a daughter Anna or Nana, who later becomes the protagonist in the Zola book with that meyhaje.

But the alcoholism in the novel serves merely as an enabler and multiplier for the miseries of the seven sins. Koncept romana je fascinantan. Gervaise’s story begins meyhame her in tears, sitting at home late at night, watching her two little boys Claude and Etienne, four and eight years old, on a shared pillow. There are a few more references to the arts: As I get introduced to the characters, I keep on rolling my eyes in disbelief with the very real, but un-novelistic, trajectories of their lives.

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This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [Why did she still refuse Goujet when the writing was on the wall? I very nearly rated this 4 stars. Two disasters – a roofing accident and the arrival of ex-boyfriend Lantier on the scene – plunge Gervaise and Coupeau into increasing despair, debt and poverty.


That doesn’t sit right with me.

At the risk of sounding hyperbolic, I honestly believe this may be the most depressing novel I have ever read. She doesn’t have much of a chance in the environment where she spends her life, however. On balance, though, the novel is horribly bleak. Yes there were happy moments throughout the meyhhane, but the journey went down. There’s a lot to like about Zola.

He withdrew into it like a dormouse, rolled himself into a ball to keep out the cold and stayed there for days on end, motionless on a heap of straw. Ah, music, meybane universal art; no need for instruments or special training — simply singing songs. Poor thing, it doesn’t know any better.

View all meyhanee comments. Also, understandable is their focus on the artists copying the great masterpieces rather than the masterpieces themselves — the process of creation is fascinating. So far, this novel hasn’t failed to disappoint.