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Émile Zola
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Thérèse Raquin

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  13,378 Ratings  ·  996 Reviews
Thérèse Raquin is a clinically observed, sinister tale of adultery and murder among the lower orders in nineteenth-century Paris. Zola's dispassionate dissection of the motivations of his characters, mere 'human beasts' who kill in order to satisfy their lust, is much more than an atmospheric Second Empire period piece. Therese Raquin stands as a key early manifesto of the ...more
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MJ Nicholls
You know how it is. Your mother marries you to your sexless cousin and in silent defiance you enter a torrid affair with a peasant painter. All those hours spent humouring the dull man in your dreary shop, waiting for your next animalistic tussle with your fiery lover. Then one day, you realise the conventions of early 19thC society are going to prevent you from ditching the boring old blood tie, and you will never be free to give yourself to true love.

God, the boredom! I mean, you can’t even k
Paquita Maria Sanchez
Dec 06, 2010 Paquita Maria Sanchez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
Somewhere within the spectrum occupied by anything from Romeo and Juliet to Tromeo and Juliet, there is a well-trodden path full of whispers, whimpers and piercing screams about the miseries of the love process. Whether you are tragically in love with your enemy's hottie boomdottie tween daughter or banging your best friend's girlfriend in an alleyway behind a bar all 2-minute-meal-style, Jonathan Richman had it almost exactly right when he explained to his (soon to be) adoring fans that "true l ...more
"The Arcade of the Pont Neuf is not a place for a stroll. You take it to make a short cut, to gain a few minutes. It is traversed by busy people whose sole aim is to go quick and straight before them… The arcade now assumes the aspect of a regular cut-throat alley. Great shadows stretch along the tiles, damp puffs of air enter from the street. Anyone might take the place for a subterranean gallery indistinctly lit-up by three funeral lamps.

This nineteenth century French novel has a deliciously d
and here i thought thomas hardy was cruel to his characters... this book doesnt take long to turn into slow torture for crimes committed, and it gets darker and more dramatic until it reaches the heights of opera-vengeance. its very tempting as a modern reader to question the characters motivations (why not just leave?? really?? just... leave.)but it was high time i read a zola, and i can continue my summer of "missed classics" with confidence.
Dec 28, 2016 Perry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I Love Nature & Natural, but No More Novels of Naturalism

In my voracity for reading most of the so-called classic novels, I read this short one without knowing much about it, nor did I read (until later) the preface in which Zola says this is a study of temperaments and not characters, the basis of which is the now-discounted Galen's Four Temperaments. Apparently, this is a novel characterized as "naturalism," due to its scientific or detached narrative.

The four temperaments are represented
Usually when I review a book I try to allot the stars not by the audiobook's narration but by the author's words and content. With this book I am awarding four stars but it is partially due to Kate Winslet's fantastic narration. She is as you must know a famous actress. I strongly believe I would never have been able to imagine the words with the terror and emotion evoked through her reading. She does a fantastic job. In addition, I would have been furious if at every mention of Camille's name i ...more
Mar 10, 2015 Carmo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: frança, favoritos, bib-p
Faltou pouco para começar a arrancar os cabelos enquanto ia lendo Teresa Raquin. Zola escreveu esta história com uma intensidade que não deixa lugar para momentos de leitura descontraída. Da primeira à última página, o livro mantém um clima de angústia que nos suga para dentro daquelas almas atormentadas. Odiamo-los pela sua falta de carácter e humanidade, enquanto manipulam, mentem e enganam todos à sua volta. Executam friamente um crime, ao qual escapam impunemente; escapam à lei dos homens, n ...more
Mary Crabtree
Very scary, very dark and definitely wonderful. Could not put this down. I learned about evil in this book.
Sep 14, 2012 Jane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is alive. From the first to the last I saw the story came to life and I was drawn so completely in. It made my heart beat a little faster, and even now I have put the book down, slept and lived through another day, it is still in my head and my heart.

On one hand the story is utterly modern: and it is timeless. It would be so easy to reset in in any period since it was published, and equally easy to take it back through the centuries.

Because this is a story of humanity. Of what people m
Apr 17, 2012 Steve rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Students of Noir, Zola completists, Cat haters
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Jan 28, 2014 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Zola's preface to the second edition of this novel, which is included in the audiobook version I listened to, confirms that the work caused quite a sensation when it was first published in 1867. In the preface, Zola defends himself against charges of obscenity and states that the novel is in effect a detached and scientific study of the effect of temperament. While I'm not sure just how scientific and detached Zola really was, he was certainly scientific and detached enough for the novel to be r
Jan 07, 2015 Knjigoholičarka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: la-france, 2015
Volela bih kada bih mogla da napišem neki dugačak i pametan review ove knjige, ali neka mi bude izgovor to što nabadam po androidu.

Učmalost malograđanskog života rađa dosadu koja guši neutažene strasti. Ovo dovodi do preljube, preljuba dovodi do ubistva, a ubistvo do potpunog sloma dvoje ljubavnika, koji, umesto da uživaju u potpunoj slobodi, na kraju bivaju uništeni međusobnim optužbama, krivicom, paranojom, pa i mržnjom.

Umesto do pokajanja, dolazi do sebične želje za što jednostavnijim begom i
Zola Zola Zola.

Will we ever go through a novel of yours without someone being murdered, attempted to be murdered, or at least plotted to be? No, I am not complaining, it does not feel repetitive at all, at least not in a negative way.

What we see here is typical gritty and savage prose by Zola. Two lovers find themselves in a sticky situation. Forbidden love with a married lady, spouse to your own friend. You can easily see how this sets it up for a great psychological suspense novel with an incr
Oct 10, 2012 Sandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: francia
E’ da cinque stelle solamente la scena finale, con una tragica e maestosa Madame Raquin che si erge su Thérèse e Laurent come un angelo vendicatore o come un Cristo sul trono pronto a dividere i peccatori dai salvati. Nel romanzo però non ci sono peccatori e angeli, buoni e cattivi, ci sono soltanto, come dice Zola, “bestie umane e niente più”, Thérèse, Laurent e Camille. Non solo la descrizione delle loro pulsioni più profonde e del loro animo amorale è cruda e spoglia di qualsiasi abbellimento ...more
Oct 21, 2012 Alex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the gravely debauched
Therese Raquin is Madame Bovary on steroids. The young Zola was impressed by Bovary, and its influence is clear throughout Raquin - but he ratchets every aspect of the story up, for better and...well, mostly for worse; this isn't as good as Bovary.

Mainly that's because Zola is no match at all for Flaubert psychologically. Bovary is as trenchant a view inside the human brain as I've read outside Tolstoy; laser-focused and brilliant. Zola, by contrast, is muddling about with some almost Medieval n
"Sometimes people die," she murmured at last. "Only it is dangerous for those who survive."

First of all, a slow clap for Kate Winslet's reading of Émile Zola's Thérèse Raquin. I can't recommend her rendition highly enough.

A loveless marriage, a turbulent affair, a crime that will haunt them forever. In this novel we follow the story of Thérèse, her lover Laurent's and their descent into madness following their murder of her husband.

Fair warning, there will be scenes of murder, physical abuse an
Jul 30, 2014 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first e-book -- the dealer gave me an iPad when I leased my car, and since I was heading out of town I decided to try it out by downloading this "book," which was free. I think I would've read it a lot quicker if it had been a real book, but who wants to deal with some weird apple-y screen that highlights and flips pages around when you touch it? Yuck!

Anyway, whatever. I prefer my books in book form, but in either format, this book was awesome! If you're a fan of James M. Cain et al.
Dec 08, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bettie, Carey, Wanda
Recommended to Laura by: Dagny
The original French text is available at Project Gutenberg.

Free download available at eBooks@Adelaide.

And the audio version in English is available at LivriVox.

And the BBC Radio 4 - Classical Serial dramatization is available here.

And the audio version in French at Literature

This is the story of a love triangle between Thérèse Raquin, her cousin and husband Camille and Laurent, one of Camille's friends.

In his preface, Zola explains that his goal in this novel was to "study temperament
Celeste Corrêa
Teresa Raquin ( 1867 ) de Émile Zola ( 1840-1902 )

A obsessão naturalista de Zola pelos actos vis, ignóbeis e os maus instintos patentes nas personagens Teresa e Lourenço. Sangue, nervos, adultério e crime num livro denso, pesado. Uma leitura angustiante que me perturbou fortemente. Bem a minha Mãe me avisou que este não era um livro para os meus frágeis nervos.
5 ( cinco ) estrelas para uma obra que não tenciono reler, mas que a aconselho vivamente.

Teresa Raquin foi recebido com escândalo e acusa
Fahri Rasihan
Sep 06, 2016 Fahri Rasihan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ketika saya tahu bahwa Thérèse Raquin telah dicetak ulang oleh Gramedia, tanpa pikir panjang saya langsung membelinya. Salah satu faktor yang membuat saya membelinya adalah karena cover barunya hasil karya Martin Dima yang sangat cantik dan sederhana. Kelebihan dari novel-novel klasik adalah ceritanya yang sederhana tapi mengandung pesan dan makna yang mendalam dan itu ada di novel Thérèse Raquin. Pada zamannya ditahun 1868, cerita yang diangkat didalam Thérèse Raquin cukup kontroversial dan dia ...more
Niente, io amo Zola e questo è un capolavoro.
Ehm, se cercate una lettura piacevole NON aprite questo libro. Thérèse Raquin è un incubo allucinato, irrazionale. Un'analisi eccellente, ma che più di così non si può. E' vero, si scorge quasi una specie di operazione chirurgica nel trattare con i sentimenti dei personaggi. La relazione fra Laurent e Thérèse è una relazione principalmente carnale, mossa dal desiderio. Carne, carne. E' forse una delle parole che rimbomba di più nelle loro menti, ol
Nikola Jankovic
Moj drugi Zola... i dosta drugacije iskustvo od Zerminala (koji je sjajan). Jedan od onih romana, u kojima se "spolja" ne desava mnogo. Cela premisa je postavljena oko jednog centralnog dogadjaja. Ali taj dogadjaj je toliko bitan da u korenu menja zivote svih u porodici Raquin i ljudi oko nje.

Medjutim, koliko se malo desava spolja, toliko su jace oluje koje se odvijaju u unutar centralnih junaka. Sto se mene tice, ti delovi i jesu ono zbog cega je literatura interesantnija od vizualnih umetnosti
Mar 22, 2016 Sookie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sookie by: TheSkepticalReader
All her life Therese Raquin has oppressed her passion and liveliness for bright things. Tending to her sick cousin, Camille, has put her needs and wants on the back burner with her aunt insisting on making her son the family's first priority. This state of being where one just exists for the sake of existing becomes Therese's status quo for years to come. She marries her cousin for it offers secure future and moves to Paris when her husband gets tired of country life.

When Laurent enters Raquin
Apr 26, 2016 Marko rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tereza Raken je bila moj prvi susret s Zolom. Ništa nisam znao o njemu osim onog J'accuse momenta u njegovom životu. Posle ove knjige, bilo mi je žao što se nismo upoznali ranije.

Iako je knjiga roman (striktno tehnički govoreći), ona je više psihološka studija četvoro ljudi, sa fokusom na dvoje glavnih likova, Tereze i Lorana, napisana sa matematičkom preciznošću veštog pisca, koji je narator, poput kakvog psihologa koji sedi pored ekrana dok vi gledati film o degradaciji ljudskosti.

Kao offspr
BAM The Bibliomaniac
Quick quip: Zola has an amazing hand at alliteration. Regardless of subject matter, I'm soothed by his word choices

Alas, I lack the words to fully describe my feelings about this amazing novel. My brain is congested. Please, if you are a fan of the classics, read this
It seems Therese Raquin is a Naturalist novel, which is a catagory of Realism. What does all of that mean? Really, I don't have a clue. My guess is because it's about common, everyday, run-of-the-mill folks, living their boring, mundane lives in their boring, mundane city (Paris), and not being on their best behavior; acting more like animals than human beings.

I can't fault Therese much for what she did, up until she and her lover Laurent killed her husband Camille. She was raised by her aunt,
Alice Poon
This is a bleak and gruesome psychological tale that highlights the dark side of human nature and it's definitely not for the faint-hearted.

I'm giving it 3 stars because I personally do not like the lengthy, repulsive description of human evilness. That being said, the story is no doubt a gripping page-turner.

In the "Preface" of the book, Emile Zola summed up nicely what he intended to explore with this novel:

"In a word, I had only one aim, which was: given a powerful man and an unsatisfied woma
Jan 26, 2009 Tove rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Andrea Zuvich
Aug 31, 2013 Andrea Zuvich rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my goodness. What an amazing book. What first had me thinking it was a romantic story turned into one of the most psychologically horrifying and gripping stories I've ever read. Zola had an amazing capacity to understand human nature. I'm certainly never going to forget this story. Absolutely captivating from beginning to shocking end.

"Thérèse Raquin" (1953)

Description: Simone Signoret, Raf Vallone, Jacques Duby French Language with English subtitles.

This film, whilst interesting, is ah but a twist on the theme of the story.
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Émile François Zola was an influential French novelist, the most important example of the literary school of naturalism, and a major figure in the political liberalization of France.

More than half of Zola's novels were part of a set of 20 books collectively known as Les Rougon-Macquart. Unlike Balzac who in the midst of his literary career resynthesized his work into La Comédie Humaine, Zola from
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