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François Mauriac's masterpieces and one of the greatest Catholic
novels, Therese Desqueyroux is the haunting story of an unhappily married young woman whose desperation drives her to thoughts of murder. Mauriac paints an unforgettable portrait of spiritual isolation and despair, but he also dramatizes the complex realities of forgiveness, grace, and redemption.

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Paperback, 176 pages
Published November 4th 1996 by Routledge (first published 1927)
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Kevin I studied this for my French A level and as difficult the story was to read, this actually took my interest. I enjoyed this greatly, however have not…moreI studied this for my French A level and as difficult the story was to read, this actually took my interest. I enjoyed this greatly, however have not yet watched the movie(less)
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Luís Miguel
Notam-se ecos da tradição Faubertiana em Mauriac. Thérese D. pertence àquela categoria de livros grandes demais para o número de páginas que albergam. Deve-o à densidade da escrita e ao que se intui da mesma. Neste livro conhecemos a ilustre Thérese, logo à saída do julgamento onde foi absolvida pela tentativa de homicídio do marido, por envenenamento. Através de analepses descobrimos a sua personalidade e o seu móbil, compreendemos o seu crime, para no fim a julgar. Manteremos o veredicto?

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Denis
An indelible memory - I read this French classic a long time but have never forgotten it. Not sure if it's translated in English, but it certainly deserves to be discovered in this country. Mauriac is one of the great masters of the French language, and this novel is, deservedly so, one of his most famous and most celebrated. The title character, a murderess, is fascinating and her story is riveting. It's also a formidable portrait of French bourgeoisie.
Laura
There is a new movie version of this book but I always want to read the book first.

A gift from my brother.

This novel is based on a true story when in May 2006, the author attended the trial of the poisoner Mrs. Canaby: L’affaire des Chartrons.



Therese, as well as Madame Bovary in some way, lives in her own world since her husband is not able to understand her feelings. Even with the birth of their daughter, their faith won't change any more.

The author uses the flashback technique in order to tel
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verena
une petite déception je dois l'avouer. Je trouve le récit tout d'abord assez daté dans son style. Deuxièmement, je considère la plume de Mauriac terriblement masculine. Je ne suis par partisane de la "gender literature" attention, néanmoins j'ai profondément ressenti le "genre" de l'auteur derrière ses écrits. Lorsque Mauriac expose les pensées profondes de Thérèse, à chaque fois, je me suis dit "voilà une remarque peu féminine". J'ai trouvé Thérèse peu attachante, je ne me suis pas investi dans ...more
Julieta Paradiso
Sans trop dévoiler, je vais tout simplement dire que cette histoire est bien du Mauriac. On y rencontre ses personnages tourmentés, l’hypocrisie des familles, le climat lourd qui semble tout envelopper…
L’écrivain tel un analyste des passions essai de jeter de la lumière sur le mal, son origine, son déclic, ses motivations, ses conséquences. Or est-il possible de fouiller si profondément dans les tréfonds de l’âme humaine? Une chose est claire : le mal, ou le péché, est un vrai mystère.
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Cat {Wild Night In}
Just finished reading this and I'm in two minds as to how I feel about the novel. On the one hand, there is so much going on in every sentence: Thérèse's mind is so fast and she knows her mind very well. This contrasts with the provincial world and people around her.

At times I pitied her, at others almost admired her, but there's something about her total indifference to the world (or was it her loneliness?) that half-repulsed me. I'll try reading it in English at some point in the future to see
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Vincent
e livre étonnant nous plonge dans les tourments d'une femme de la bonne bourgeoisie du sud-ouest qui tente d'assassiner son mari. Tout le livre est une enquête pour connaître les motivations et fouiller l'âme de cette femme brillante mais aliénée. L'élégance de l'écriture offre un contraste saisissant avec la violence des sentiments et du propos. C'est vif, brillamment construit, fin : on ne décroche pas de ce court roman.
Czarny Pies
Aug 31, 2014 Czarny Pies rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone curious about this Nobel Literature Prize Winning author.
Recommended to Czarny by: It was on Prof. Vercollier's course reading list
Shelves: french-lit
This is without a doubt the masterpiece of Francois Mauriac, the Winner of the 1952 Nobel Prize Literature. It is the story of an arranged marriage involving the provincial nobility of France. Our heroine Therese finds her husband to be such an unspeakable bore that she attempts to get out of her marriage by attempting to poison him She administers a good number of doses of arsenic before the pharmacist turns her in. Her good-natured if boring husband agrees to grant her a divorce.

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Ruth
This book wasn't very easy to read in French, but it is certainly very well written. The style is very poetic, which contributes to the difficulty but also to the beauty of this book. The psychology of the different characters is deeply explored. As a result, I felt deeply for Thérèse, who suffers terribly. Mauriac depicts the emotions of the protagonist very well, which renders this novel really compelling.
Andrei Turcu
I was driven to read "something" by Mauriac heaving read that he won the Nobel prize. Currently reading "Vipers nest" I must agree with the critics that Therese Desqueyroux is the author's fist "big" novel, announcing something even bigger. The book is constructed as an autobiography of the main character, who remembers her past and reveals all the facts that brought her to a particular situation. I liked how the author solved the puzzle of Therese's life gradually in a comfortable pace. I also ...more
Samuel Peliska
A fascinating novel in which an unhappy young wife tries to poison her husband, but for reasons that are not clear even to herself. Mauriac examines how even someone as intelligent and adept at self-examination as Thérèse can remain a mystery to herself. He also shows how such institutions as religion and the family can become stifling and even inhumane when charity is superceded by materialism and obsession with social (and political) correctness. Raymond Mackenzie's new translation is wonderfu ...more
Hoda
Very nice and emotional. It left me a bit dissatisfied, because I think it would've included more twists. But I loved it :)
Ema
I'm almost tempted to give this 5 stars.
Melanie
Que dire de ce livre? Je ne l'ai pas aimé, mais pas détesté. Disons seulement qu'il était bien. Bizarrement, j'ai bien aimé le personnage de Thérèse, même si parfois elle était contradictoire.

A mon avis, le milieu du livre était plus intéressant parce que c'est à ce moment qu'on connait la raison derrière l'empoisonnement de Bernard. (view spoiler)
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Gabrielle
J'avoue que lorsque j'ai remarqué la chronologie aux premières pages, j'ai trouvé ce livre un peu ennuyant. Mais quand Thérèse dévoile ses pensées et ses sentiments, là j'ai compris que Francois Mauriac est un génie. Thérèse Desqueyroux est une femme complexe, contrairement à son mari Bernard et Anne, qui eux s'avèrent etre simples et ne se posent pas de questions sur leur existance. Je trouve que la personnalité de Thérèse, bien que cruelle à première vue, reflète l'émancipation de la femme et ...more
Gaellooo
Au début de ma lecture, j'ai eu un peu de mal à situer la période durant laquelle se déroule l'histoire. La narration m'a un peu destabilisée, en ce sens qu'on ne sait pas pourquoi un non lieu a été rendu. On ignore ce qui est reproché à Thérèse. On parle d'une fameuse ordonnance et du faux témoignage de son mari. Tout ceci reste bien mystérieux. Thérèse a, pour moi, un comportement étrange voire très bizarre. Elle ne se réjouit de rien. Elle paraît détachée de tout.

Le style est difficile à app
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Elin Nilsson
It was interesting reading it, maybe because it reminded me a lot of "Madame Bovary" by Gustave Flaubert, only "Thérèse Desqueyroux" is written about half a century later. Maybe a more modern version of "Madame Bovary"? Anyway Thérèse has me interested from the beginning, her behaviour is something out of the ordinary and extremely destructive. As most of these old important classical works it didn't seem to have a proper ending. It always bothers me.
Hanna
The best French book I have read up until now. In the beginning the timeline was confusing me so much, it still does actually. I like Thérèse very much, her personality and especially the way she thinks about Bernard, it is comic. The language used is difficult and I did have to search some background information which also spoiled a bit of the story oops. Well, the story isn't that long so there isn't that much too say. I recommend this to female readers who have a slight feministic side but I ...more
Cliodhna Ni Ghadhra
I always think I'm going to enjoy the French 'fallen woman' story more than I do. Mauriac deftly demeans the male figures in this book with their 'badly kept finger nails' and other foibles to curry favour with the reader for Thérèse, but I never felt much for her. Mauriac's use of imagery is evocative, the depiction of the fog in her face something I will carry with me, but this bare novella carries a host of sullen characters on a threadbare plot line. Perhaps I just don't understand the nuanc ...more
Angela Buckley
Despite it's rather gloomy subject of stifled housewife in 1920s rural France, this novel is a rare treat. Mauriac's unusual style adds enriching layers to the narrative and takes the reader to the heart of the character as she searches to survive her sterile environment and loveless marriage. As is always present in French literature, there is introspection and a minute analysis of existence, as well as the drama of a trial for attempted arsenic poisoning. My favourite kind of story!
Bianca
There are many levels at which a book's greatness or lack of can be appreciated. Ultimately,it can just come down to the feeling it awakes in one. Either way, logical or emotional, this one novel has not touched me.
Maybe the psychology is to refined, but sometimes what we can't grasp is just not there.
It is not necessarily boring, and I mention this because many will argue that a bad book is one that is tiresome. I agree, it definitely can be. In this case though, it is something else.
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Sophie
Un très bon livre, drama psychologique, mais j'ai l'impression d'être restée sur ma fin.
D'avoir découverte qu'en surface le personnage de Thérèse.
Il me semble qu'elle méritait une meilleure peinture, plus approfondie, qu'on entre vraiment dans son univers.
Theresa~OctoberLace
Thérèse Desqueyroux is the story of a dysfunctional French couple, well-written by the Nobel Prize winning novelist Francois Mauriac. Of greatest interest to the reader is the development of the title character, Thérèse.

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Andreea
personaje: Bernard (sotul), Marie (fiica), Jean Azevedo (vecin - iubitul nepoatei), Anne (nepoata), Clara (matusa)

"Famecul ei, pe care lumea il socotea irezistibil pe vremuri, era farmecul pe care il au toti oamenii a caror fata tradeaza un zbucium tainic, durerea unei rani sufletesti atunci cand nu fac un efort istovitor pentru a se preface."

"Ai prea multa imaginatie ca sa te sinucizi, se ironiza Therese."

"Nici nu te intrebi daca e frumoasa sau urata, in orice caz farmecul ei te cucereste."

"Si
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Hilary Hicklin
Superb examination of stifling relationship between a bored, intelligent, provincial wife and her stolid, dull husband, and its consequences. A favourite theme of French writers!
Silvia
Dec 28, 2014 Silvia rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Silvia by: Laurence Bisot
Therese is such a great character, so complex and intriguing. The descriptions of life in the countryside were brilliant. I have a feeling I'll read it again.
Lori
This book is really short, so I read it in less than a day. I think it was powerfully written and that Mauriac does a really good job of getting inside Therese's psyche. It's a deep psychological profile of a woman who may have poisoned her husband. Aside from writing convincing inner thoughts, Mauriac does a wonderful job describing the surroundings and how they reflect Therese's mood. I think another thing that must be taken into consideration is that Mauriac wrote convincingly of the opposite ...more
Stephen
Un roman psychologique magnifique. Tout ce qu'aurait pu être Madame Bovary.
Nadia Khemir
Lovely and delightful. piece of art, though with a lot of horrible truth in it.
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François Charles Mauriac was a French writer and a member of the Académie française. He was awarded the 1952 Nobel Prize in Literature "for the deep spiritual insight and the artistic intensity with which he has in his novels penetrated the drama of human life." Mauriac is acknowledged to be one of the greatest Roman Catholic writers of the 20th century.
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“What a fool she was ever to have imagined that there might be some place in the world where she could sink to the earth with the knowledge that there were people round her who understood, who perhaps even admired and loved her! She was fated to carry loneliness about with her as a leper carries his scabs. 'No one can do anything for me: no one can do anything against me.” 11 likes
“The really pure in heart know nothing of what goes on around them each day, each night; never realize what poisonous weeds spring up beneath their childish feet.” 7 likes
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