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Therese Raquin (Revised)
Therese Raquin (Revised) | Emile Zola
Zola's classic novel of turbulent passion, now appearing on Broadway at the Roundabout Theatre starring Keira Knightley In a dingy apartment on the Passage du Pont-Neuf in Paris, Therese Raquin is trapped in a loveless marriage to her sickly cousin, Camille. The numbing tedium of her life is suddenly shattered when she embarks on a turbulent affair with her husband s earthy friend Laurent, but their animal passion for each other soon compels the lovers to commit a crime that will haunt them forever. Therese Raquin caused a scandal when it appeared in 1867 and brought its twenty-seven-year-old author a notoriety that followed him throughout his life. Zola s novel is not only an uninhibited portrayal of adultery, madness, and ghostly revenge, but also a devastating exploration of the darkest aspects of human existence. Robin Buss's translation superbly conveys Zola's fearlessly honest and matter-of-fact style, combining fidelity to Zola's idiosyncrasies with easy fluency in English. This edition also includes an introduction discusses Zola's life and literary career and the influence of art, literature, and scienceon his writing, as well asthe preface to the author's second edition of 1868, a chronology, suggestions for further reading, and notes. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators."
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Ast_Arslan
Thrse Raquin | Emile Zola
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I always thought that I would have liked Émile Zola... and so it is!
This book is a brutal but accurate portrait of a woman of nervous temperament that get in intimate touch with a man of sanguine temperament.
Most of all, I loved the writing style! Direct but evocative 🤩

#20in4 #readathon @Andrew65

Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 2y
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Ast_Arslan
Thrse Raquin | Emile Zola
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#20in4 for the #readathon by @Andrew65 reached!
But #ThereseRaquin is not finished yet, so I keep going 😎🤟🏻

Andrew65 Fantastic 👏👏👏🥳🍾🥂🍾🥂😍 2y
Ast_Arslan @Andrew65 two days off from work can really help 😂😂🤩🤩 2y
Andrew65 @Ast_Arslan It does! 2y
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Ast_Arslan
Thrse Raquin | Emile Zola
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My progress 'till now for the #20in4 #readathon by @Andrew65

Hope to finish #ThereseRaquin within today 🤟🏻🤓

Andrew65 Going well 👏👏👏 2y
Ast_Arslan @Andrew65 thanks! 😃 2y
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Ast_Arslan
Thrse Raquin | Emile Zola
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I didn't read so much today, only 6 chapters of the tagged book 😔
I will read few pages before going to sleep 🤟🏻

Update: read 2 more chapters of #mysisterskeeper

#20in4 #readathon @Andrew65 #EmileZola #ThereseRaquin

Andrew65 Every little helps 😊 2y
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ellieb2
Thrse Raquin | Emile Zola
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the conflicts the characters were going through in this book was explained flawlessly! 100% recommended

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sprainedbrain
Thrse Raquin | Emile Zola
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I am so thankful for a hot Oscar Isaac gif on Twitter for leading me to read this gem today. 😅

Deliciously dark, with a pervasive atmosphere of dread and loneliness which made me think often (and fondly) of Poe‘s The Tell-Tale Heart. Full of completely unlikeable characters, well-written, and pretty much a perfect gothic-type read.

I‘m off to watch In Secret now. 😬

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

#1001books

Palimpsest I just saw that original painting that‘s on the cover of your book called Melancholy by Degas at the Milwaukee Art Museum last weekend in a special exhibit. I love it. I‘ve also been meaning to read Zola, but never have. 3y
vivastory I really liked this one. I agree about the Poe comparison 3y
sprainedbrain @Palimpsest very cool! This was my second Zola, and I liked it much better than Germinal. 3y
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AlexGeorge Oh, it‘s such a good, creepy read! I recently purchased this again - looking forward to revisiting it! 3y
Daisey I haven‘t read any of Zola‘s books yet, but I‘m hoping to get to Germinal next month and I may need to move this one up the TBR as well. 3y
arubabookwoman I am slowly reading the entire Rougon Macquart series. I am currently on book 14, The Masterpiece. I love Zola! (Therese is not part of the series, but I've read it ad well). 3y
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sprainedbrain
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I mean, I didn‘t have to passively participate in a murder or anything to discover this, but...

#BeenThereDoneThat

vivastory 🤔 So you say...😂 3y
sprainedbrain @vivastory 🤫🤭🤐 (edited) 3y
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sprainedbrain
Thrse Raquin | Emile Zola
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I already had a healthy appreciation for Oscar Isaac, but earlier I was scrolling around Twitter, minding my own business, when I saw this tweet (don‘t click if you‘re easily offended by potty mouth and sexy stuff, but it‘s not THAT bad):

https://twitter.com/rdotspoon/status/1215859401162051584?s=21

So anyway, I saw that this movie is based on a book on my TBR, and now I‘m halfway through it so that I can watch the movie. And WOW. 🔥🤤

Andrea313 There is just...so much that is great about all of this. 3y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Love this! 😂Interesting book too - I liked it a lot. So dark! 😈 (edited) 3y
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AlaMich You‘ve piqued my interest in this book. Which translation did you read? (edited) 3y
sprainedbrain @AlaMich mine is translated by Robin Buss. I‘m almost done with it. 😨 3y
AlaMich @sprainedbrain I‘ve also heard that Kate Winslet‘s narration of the book is excellent. I‘m stacking it. 😊 3y
Reggie Lolol wow those lips just kinda swallow her up. So lucky that Elizabeth Olsen! 3y
sprainedbrain @Reggie So lucky. I can‘t stop looking at that gif periodically. I may need help. 😂 3y
HOTPock3tt WOW!! 💖😍😍😍 @sprainedbrain please update us on how hot the movie was!! 😱 @sprainedbrain 3y
sprainedbrain @HOTPock3tt It was sufficiently hot! It does get dark (like the book) but I really enjoyed. As usual, the book was better, but good heavens that man is fine. 🔥🤤😂 3y
HOTPock3tt I keep thinking “a more mature version of Rhysand!!” 😃♥️♥️♥️ @sprainedbrain 3y
sprainedbrain @HOTPock3tt OMG. Yessssss. 😍 3y
readordierachel 🤣🤣 3y
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needleminding
Thrse Raquin | Emile Zola
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I chose this book on a whim and, though much of the plot, societal criticism, and dark humor is predictable, it breaks from expected storytelling norms in other satisfying ways. Plus, Kate Winslet did a fantastic job reading it.

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Curiouser_and_curiouser
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I loved the thought process of each character throughout the entire book. I also loved the language used especially. The storyline was utterly fascinating. Once I completed the book, I watched the BBC 3 Part Series, then listened to the audiobook again. Fantastic story and storytelling!!

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llwheeler
Thrse Raquin | Emile Zola
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Welp, a couple picture taking fails and then collage making fails later, this is not very legible, but it is another #litsyatoz in the books!

batsy Wow, nice! Some fascinating titles there 🙌🏽 4y
llwheeler @batsy I'm so impressed you could read any 😂 but thanks! Happy new year! 4y
batsy Haha, it's perfectly legible! And I love peering at handwritten book lists 🧐 Happy new year to you! 4y
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BookishTrish
In Secret | Emile Zola
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If Eastenders was set in France in the 1800s and lacked subplots. I freaking loved it.

Ye_Mighty_Andy_Spare That's quite possibly the greatest one-sentence book review i've ever read 4y
tournevis The made a movie out of Thérèse Raquin? Ok. 4y
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catsuit_mango Strangely I read some zola when I was too young for it, then studied some more at school and not thinking of zola as a fun read... ;) 4y
BookishTrish @tournevis Apparently they did. Jessica Lange is the mama. I haven‘t seen it. 4y
BookishTrish @catsuit_mango I didn‘t realize it was a classic when I got into it because of the movie tie in cover so I read it like a trashy plot-driven novel and thoroughly enjoyed myself. 4y
tournevis @BookishTrish I started the book but Zola is not my guy. I've read a lot of his Rougon-Macquart books because 19th century Paris and that was my first field of study, but I never liked him. 4y
readordierachel Loved the movie. Must read the book! 4y
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BookishTrish
In Secret | Emile Zola
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Melodrama abounds and in the heat of the moment I am in the action. Until. Within half a page I encounter not one but two words I‘m pretty sure are made up.

Sace Thanks for the excuse to use my dictionary app. 😂 4y
CouronneDhiver Ha! Oh English... such a funny language. 4y
Bette Not familiar so I looked them up: Hebetate- to make dull or obtuse; crispation - act or process of being curled, undulation. I probably will never use them. 🤣 4y
catsuit_mango I would have gone for the false-friend :in French crispation is when you are tensing up (and usually can not relax for a while) 4y
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Mindyrecycles
Thrse Raquin | Emile Zola
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What a creepy tale! #serialreader

Linsy 😱 5y
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andrew61
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#MayLovesClassics #mostgruesomecrimescene
Anyone reading this in the challenge please look away now as the post contains spoilers - a nice boating trip on the seine becomes a murder scene and horrified 19th century french readers.

readingjedi Oh, I love this book! It's just so utterly horrid ( in the best way!) 5y
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Swann
Thrse Raquin | Emile Zola

“How sweet was that quiescent silence, in which they could listen to the pulsing of hearts, and bask in the delight of a dream of everlasting love!” Emile Zola

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HotCocoaReads
In Secret | Emile Zola
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This book is insanely intense—it‘ll definitely make you feel something, but it‘s not a good feeling at all. I love that the guilt is the undoing of the characters even though they “get away” with their crime.

jessberk13 Is this your actual view right now?? I‘m so jealous! 5y
ephemeralwaltz Nice reading spot! 5y
HotCocoaReads @jessberk13 It was where I was reading last week when I was in Guernsey—most beautiful place ever! 5y
HotCocoaReads @ephemeralwaltz It really was the best reading spot—I ended my day the whole time I was in Guernsey in this exact spot, reading and watching the sun set. I miss Guernsey so much already! 5y
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Ash.on.the.line
In Secret | Emile Zola
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My #TBR and #MostAnticipated not too many since I was on a book buying ban! I don't pick out books to read for a month because I never stick with it 😂 also I may have bought 4 books today 😅 #AwesomeAutumnBook #FallIntoBooks #AutumnReads
(Sorry for image quality cropping makes titles hard to read sometimes)

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readingjedi
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The quality of the writing is without question - not for nothing is it a classic of French literature (i.e the control of the language, the tightness, the sparseness, the accuracy of description, the illusions and metaphors - all a class above) But what a horrid little tale - vile characters, grim lives, monstrous acts, no joy, no redemption, no let up in the misery .... fantastically entertaining stuff! Appealed to the Gothic lover in me.

readingjedi Have to add - Adam Thorpe's translation was masterful. 5y
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BarbaraBB
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Oh, the drama of adultery and its consequences! One of my favourite themes! This one shocked France at the time of its publication (1867), an effect it didn't have on me in 2014. Nevertheless, a real page-turner, described so visual that I can visualize most settings and scenes as if it were a movie. #1001books

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aquanin
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andrew61
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#characters2017 #deadlypassions
These two classics definitely contain deadly passions, and having referenced my love of hardy heroines earlier i had to include my favourite Tess of the d'urbevilles.

DeborahSmall Love love love Tess. ❤️️ Hardy my favourite 5y
andrew61 @DeborahSmall snap, definitely a desert island book, and julie christie as bathsheba is a desert island film. 5y
DeborahSmall I must say I prefer Natassja Kinski in Tess. It's a long movie but fantastic 5y
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andrew61 @DeborahSmall thanks for reminding me, I'll try and find it ☺ 5y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk The last thing I had to do my freshman year in college was write a 9 page paper comparing Tess to D. H. Lawrence's A Shadow in the Rose Garden. I remember enjoying Tess and bits and pieces of the plot but literally nothing about the Lawrence story. Except that there was presumably a rose garden containing a shadow. 5y
batsy 💜 Therese Raquin! I need to read more Zola. 5y
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kricheal
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Wow! This book was depressing but so good. The first half reminded me of Poe's Tell Tale Heart and the second half reminded me of a Shakespearean tragedy. #litsyatoz #letterz @BookishMarginalia

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kricheal
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I'm reading this next for my "z". Have any of you read this?

Bambolina_81 Not yet but this is also my 'Z' 6y
zsuzsanna_reads Yes, it's good. 6y
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GoneFishing

He knew that, from now on, every day would be alike, that they would all bring the same sufferings. And he saw the weeks, the months, the years that awaited him, gloomy and implacable, coming one after the other, falling on him and suffocating him bit by bit. When the future is without hope, the present takes on a vile, bitter taste.

Kirstin Zola is incredible. 6y
mjdowens This sounds incredibly good 6y
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SophieWaters
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I didn't enjoy this and I really don't know why. Sex, murder and destructive relationships should be fun, sad and completely compelling but I just found Therese and Laurent seriously annoying.

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So this was a major milestone for me this past year. I read Therese Raquin in spanish in October and absolutely loved it. Best book I'd read in a while. I decided to choose it for one of my book clubs in March, and wanted to try reading it in its original french (I had taken lessons throughout my school years). Well, I did it! First book I've ever read in french (with a little help from kindle!) #translation #septphotochallenge #somethingforsept

Lidia Good for you! I'm taking French lessons and I want to start reading my first book in French soon 😊 6y
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alice
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Like 'The Twits' for grown ups.

ShelfofUnreadBooks Best description of this book ever! I had to read it for a book club - I wish it really has been 'The Twits' though! 😂😂 6y
alice @ShelfofUnreadBooks Haha, thanks! Also reading it for a book club! 6y
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