Thérèse Raquin

Thérèse Raquin

eBook - 2012
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The story of a girl trapped in an unhappy marriage to her first cousin so captivated the French writer Emile Zola that he explored it in multiple works, producing both a novel and a play based on the same core set of characters. The protagonist, Camille, becomes desperate and takes matters into her own hands, committing what may be the perfect crime in order to build a new life for herself. Will she get away with it, or will her paralyzing guilt give her away?
Publisher: [S.l.] : Duke Classics, c2012.
ISBN: 9781620121207
1620121204
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Summary: The story of a girl trapped in an unhappy marriage to her first cousin so captivated the French writer Emile Zola that he explored it in multiple works, producing both a novel and a play based on the same core set of characters. The protagonist, Camille, becomes desperate and takes matters into her own hands, committing what may be the perfect crime in order to build a new life for herself. Will she get away with it, or will her paralyzing guilt give her away?

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Eosos
May 12, 2015

I feel strangely surprised that I liked this book; maybe I’m more of a fan of melodrama than I thought.
For such a short story it certainly packs a punch, in a rather brutal and cruel way. When I requested a more mercenary attitude out of my heroines I wasn’t exactly expecting to get this much.
Despite all the cruelty witnessed and perpetrated by the humans in the story, I found the most traumatic part to be the scene with the cat, it was very seriously disturbing.

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lukasevansherman
Jan 28, 2015

"Therese Raquin is the only one of Emile Zola's works outside of his novel-cycle "Les Rougon-Macquart and his polemic "J'Accuse" that is widely read. Indeed, with a few individual works from that twenty-volume cycle, it represents the height of his achievement as a novelist."-from the introduction
Along with Flaubert, Balzac, and de Maussapant, the French writer Emile Zola helped pioneer what we think of as realism (which would mutate into naturalism) and lay the groundwork for the modern novel. "Therese Raquin," which has been filmed several time, is one of his best-known and most accessible books, although it originally shocked people in 1867 for its frank, non-judgmental look at adultery, murder, suicide, and the dark controlling forces of society. Not a fun read by any means, but an important one for anyone who wants to understand the development of the novel. Its plot of a woman and her lover killing her husband also forecasts film noir and hardboiled fiction, especially the books of James M. Cain.

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cainsriver
Sep 21, 2011

A story of lust out of control that leads to murder, this is not a "who dunnit" kind of crime mystery. Zola, with his literary skill, acquaints the reader intimately with the desires and consiousness of the 4 central characters, including the murderer's. A psychological thriller, the suspense never seems to ease up. Very enjoyable.

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