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Germinie Lacerteux

3.53  ·  Rating Details ·  111 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
In his will, Edmond de Goncourt (1822-1896) left a bequest in honor of his brother Jules de Goncourt (1830-1870) to establish and support a French literary salon, the Academie Goncourt, and later the famous Prix Goncourt, an award that to this day remains France's most significant literary prize. --- The Goncourt brothers, who co-authored a series of novels on social ...more
Paperback, 170 pages
Published February 5th 1985 by Penguin Classics (first published 1865)
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Eric
Quite bad. When it comes to the heroine (or patient or inmate), Germinie, based on their real-life housekeeper, an irreproachable retainer posthumously revealed to have stolen money and wine to fund a secret life of debauchery and support a rogue’s gallery of gigolos, the Goncourt brothers have command of but two styles: that of a detective baldly noting the comings and goings of a mark under surveillance; and that of a smug old timey psychologist, righteous with phrenology or eugenics, ...more
Bruce
Jun 29, 2014 Bruce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The de Goncourt brothers, Edmond and Jules, were French novelists of the mid-18th century who worked collaboratively in the same naturalist tradition as the Italian verismo opera composer, Puccini. Germinie Lacerteux was published in 1865.

The title character was orphaned at age four and was raised by her sisters until she was fourteen at which age she was sent to Paris to live with an older sister who put her to work as a waitress. Raped by a fellow employee, she delivered a stillborn child. Sub
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Jean Baptiste de Goncourt
Aug 24, 2011 Jean Baptiste de Goncourt rated it it was amazing
A complete masterpiece! One of the books that are classics beyond any doubt. A naturalist novel on the darkest and most awkward sides of the human psychology. A wonderful portrayal of the 19th century French society. Something harsh with plates of gold around it. I completely adore Edmond and Jules de Goncourt!
Noce
Aug 08, 2012 Noce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cose che mai nessuno vi dirà


Era una notte buia e tempestosa, due masnadieri e uno yo-yo, in preda all’oscurità attendevano.

Uno di loro disse:

- A Giovà, ma tu li conosci i Fratelli De Goncourt?

- Chi, quelli che fanno ridere?

- No quelli sono i Marx.

- Ah, allora quelli del cinema.

- No, quelli sono i Lumière.

- Sei sicuro? A me pareva si chiamassero diversamente.

- Ho capito: tu parli dei Cohen. Comunque no, non intendevo loro.

- Ah, allora vuoi dire quelli della canoa.

- No, quelli sono gli Ab
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La Stamberga dei Lettori
Germinie Lacerteux sancisce l'inizio del Naturalismo e i principi naturalisti sancivano che il romanzo doveva semplicemente reccontare la verità, una verità oggettiva e documentata. Niente di più semplice allora per i Goncourt che attingere alla "loro" realtà ispirandosi al caso di una domestica che aveva prestato servizio in casa loro.

Germinie Lacertux, dopo un passato travagliato, riesce a trovare un impiego di cameriera presso una anziana signorina, Mademoiselle de Varandeuil che la tratta ge
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Chiara (Catullina)
L'inizio del Naturalismo francese, da cui prenderanno spunto Zolà prima, e Verga poi.
Mi è piaciuto davvero tanto, l'infelice e travagliata storia di Germinie è raccontata in un modo che a me risulta particolarmente gradito.
Jerri
Apr 14, 2015 Jerri rated it it was amazing
This was excellent. Viscerally, it was fun to pick out when Edmond, or Jules is speaking. And the last scene was the living begging the dead to forgive our sins--our crimes against humanity, as is the the rightful place of the marginalized in heaven. Beautiful.
Orcun
Mar 03, 2013 Orcun rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Ziya Osman Saba'nın yetkin çevirisi, romanın tavizsiz gerçekçi, karanlık, zaman zaman şiirsel olabilen dilini çok iyi yansıtmış. Umarım, sahafta bulduğum bu kitabın, bu çeviriyle yeni baskısı yapılır.
Rex Deverell
Feb 03, 2014 Rex Deverell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First book I have read by the Goncourt Brothers - picked it up because of the reference in Mimesis - and the development of tragic realistic French novels in the 19th century.
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Edmond de Goncourt was a French writer, literary critic, art critic, book publisher and the founder of the Académie Goncourt. He was born Edmond Louis Antoine Huot de Goncourt in Nancy.
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