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The Mysteries of Paris

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  365 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work as possible. Therefore, you will see the original copyright references, library stamps (as most of these works have been housed in our most ...more
Paperback, 800 pages
Published November 30th 2007 by Howard Fertig
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May 07, 2016 Laura marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Laura by: Umberto Eco (The Prague Cemetery)
The original French text is available at La Bibliothèque électronique du Québec Volume I.

The original French text is available at La Bibliothèque électronique du Québec Volume II.

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Rob Atkinson
Nov 05, 2012 Rob Atkinson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hugely popular and influential in its day (the 1840s), Eugene Sue's "The Mysteries Of Paris" is a whopper of a colorful, picaresque novel in the old tradition. I'd been intrigued by mentions of this title repeatedly cropping up in my other subversive/avant-garde leaning readings, as having been a key influence, and I thought I'd even read that Lautreamont had taken his nom-de-plume from a character in the book. (On that score it seems I was mistaken). I therefore was surprised by just how ...more
Dec 03, 2016 Wanda is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Wanda by: Dagny
8 NOV 2016 - reading with The Literature of the 19th Century Group at Yahoo. All are welcome -

13 NOV 2016 - End of Book I. What a great, fun read! Peopled with likably nefarious characters (isn't that a funny oxymoron?!) each with his/her secrets. Oh, how I am going to enjoy this book.

21 NOV 2016 - End of Book II.

27 NOV 2016 - Book III, Chap. 6. Today is the First Sunday of Advent - Hope.

2 DEC 2016 - End of Book III.

4 DEC 2016 - Second Sunday of Adv
Apr 06, 2012 Joseph rated it it was amazing
Like Dickens, but darker.
Girl with her Head in a Book
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Weighing in at nearly one and a half thousand pages, The Mysteries of Paris is an intimidating book by anyone’s standards. Serialised over a sixteen month period in the 1840s, it was a sensation in its day, inspiring Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables. Having never heard of it before, I was surprised at how familiar it felt; the dark and frightening underbelly of Paris is not so very different from Dickens’ account of Victorian
Je l'ai lu ily a bien longtemps, mais j'en garde un beau souvenir.
Jason Reeser
The first part of this book was excellent. Full of great atmosphere, interesting characters, and a fun plot. It read much like a Dickens novel. But somewhere after the halfway point, this turned into a drawing-room soap opera that was all to often the fashion for writers in the 19th century. It became mostly gossipy characters talking about other characters and it was difficult to tell them apart. And this was only the first part of six parts. I really wanted to like this book and read all six ...more
Nancy Burns
Oct 11, 2016 Nancy Burns rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french
I've tried 2x to start this book.
It is a classic but filled with ' thieves jargon, argot' in French!
I have no energy to plow thorough this epic book.
Moving on...
Schlicht schlecht

Ich war jung, ungefähr 14 Jahre alt, als ich in unserer Stadtbibliothek eine illustrierte und vermutlich gekürzte Version des Klassikers von Eugène Sue fand und sie innerhalb von zwei, drei Tagen gierig verschlang. Welch eine fantastische und geheimnisvolle, intrigendurchtränkte und bedrohliche Welt hatte sich mir da aufgetan! Während meines letzten Frankreichaufenthalts kaufte ich deshalb in einem Anflug von Nostalgie die 1367 Seiten starke Ausgabe von „Les Mystères de Paris“ a
Feb 23, 2015 Juliette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un livre fascinant. Je l'ai lu à l'âge de 15-16 ans, j'ai été transportée dans ce Paris d'un autre siècle. Les personnages sont attachants, il est très facile de rentrer dans l'histoire (ou plutôt les histoires). Ce livre m'a fait réfléchir sur la société de l'époque, mais aussi sur celle de maintenant. Je regrette sincèrement que les autres ouvrages d'Eugène Sue soient si difficiles à trouver en version papier. Cette oeuvre est la plus facile à trouver et je la recommande fortement.
Dec 26, 2012 Laurence rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent, énorme au propre comme au figuré, un Dickens à la française : personnages inquiétants, attendrissants, romantiques, et une intrigue à couper le souffle. Même les longs discours sociaux et moralisateurs de l'auteur et la longueur du roman n'empêchent pas d'apprécier l'histoire passionnante et pleine de suspense.
Mon seul regret : il est presque impossible actuellement de trouver une une bonne édition en anglais, alors que l'oeuvre mérite amplement l'intérêt des lecteurs de Dickens.
Sep 23, 2015 Floriana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Questo libro,stupendo per più di mille pagine,si è giocato la quinta stella negli ultimi paragrafi,costellati da melensaggini e leziosità che farebbero impallidire anche Dickens. Per il resto però c'è tutto quello che cerco in un libro:avventura,storie avvincenti,intrighi splendidamente orchestrati,per concludere quindi consiglio la lettura a chi,come me,ama i romanzi ottocenteschi.
Irina Elena
One of my favourite! A nice blending of adventure, love, mistery, drama...just lovely! :)
Nov 07, 2016 Rob rated it it was amazing
Let me start off by saying this novel is an acquired taste. The majority of the characters are caricatures which are even more exaggerated than Dickens' creations. The plot, although containing a strong social message, is highly melodramatic and relies on improbable events and strange coincidences. If you are not liberal minded you may also object to the authors socialist leanings. If you feel that the poor are lazy and that some people bring misfortune upon themselves then this book might not ...more
Oct 20, 2016 Angel added it
Only got to chapter 12, but I was really enjoying it. For a thousand page book, it has a good pace. I found the characters very intriguing.
coccinella felice
Da perfetta ignorante in materia di storia della letteratura francese, fino a poche settimane fa ignoravo completamente quello che pare essere il primo vero romanzo popolare. Una storia intricata e avvincente, pubblicata a puntate come se fosse una telenovela ante litteram. Meglio ancora, come se fossero le puntate di un cartone animato ambientato a Parigi nel diciannovesimo secolo. Con lo stesso buonismo di fondo e quel tono un po’ didascalico, e con gli stessi buffi richiami alle puntate ...more
Jan 14, 2016 Mandy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This sprawling mystery story was the first to be published in France in serial form and was an enormous success in its day. It remains a book that is widely read but I found it just too long and too much a product of its time to really enjoy. Full of melodrama, bathos and pathos, coincidences, murders and kidnappings, it centres on the character of Rodolphe, a German nobleman, who sets out on a mission amongst the poor and downtrodden from the lower depths of Parisian society to protect the ...more
Marika Bonuccelli
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Marie Bouteille
Sep 14, 2011 Marie Bouteille rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
J'ai beaucoup aimé ces chroniques. Dan Brown n'a rien inventé, Eugène Sue savait déjà nous tenir en haleine... J'ai trouvé que Sue était en avance sur son temps. Il aborde tous les sujets brûlants de l'actualité de l'époque qui finalement sont restés d'actualité. Entre autres, le sujet des prisons alors même que l'on parle de l'augmentation du nombre de prisonniers. Il parle de l'abolition de la peine de mort, sa solution de remplacement n'étant certes pas extraordinaire mais je trouve cela ...more
Rara Beretta
Feb 23, 2014 Rara Beretta rated it it was ok
half through the book, i couldn't wait to be done with it. The Mysteries of Paris was a very long read with theatrical dialogues of one-dimensional characters in a mix of adventure and social drama. Sue has some good depictions of some social problems of his time, how the society breeds the crime, how the justice is biased towards the rich, etc. However, it's very black-and-white to the point of being utterly naive. Villains are super evil and mostly ugly, all the good characters are noble and ...more
Nadia Nardi
Non so bene quali siano le mie impressioni su questo libro.. mi piace, la trama è interessante, gli intrecci e i personaggi son fatti bene.. allo stesso tempo spesso è troppo prolisso, ripetitivo, sfiancante.. Ci ho messo due mesi per leggerlo, dopo vari abbandoni durante l'anno. È come leggere il conte di Montecristo (che ha preso spunto proprio dal genere inaugurato da Sue) in versione sperimentale, meno passionale, meno crudele, incentrata sul fare del bene al prossimo invece che sulla ...more
Robert burke
Sep 02, 2016 Robert burke rated it really liked it
Book had everything you would expect in a penny dreadful. A hero, his compatriots, beautiful women, nasty villains. Completely readable but not as good as George Reynolds The Mysteries of London. That was a five star read.
Translators' Introduction

--The Mysteries of Paris

Letter from Eugène Sue to the Editor of 'Le Journal des Débats'
French Currency in the Nineteenth Century
Jul 10, 2015 Eva rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic
Možná jsou Tajnosti pařížské na svou dobu vzniku moc romantické dílo, ale drsných chvilek je tam k nalezení požehnaně. Asi proto, že má tohle dílko jakous takous rovnováhu mezi krásnými i hrůznými událostmi, se mi četba opravdu líbila.
Anna Rossi
Un libro complesso con una trama molto intricata e con molti personaggi interessanti.
L'autore sa come tenere viva l'attenzione del lettore, nonostante alcune lunghe parti discorsive.
Nov 24, 2012 Erin rated it it was amazing
Surprisingly, love this book, although I only read excerpts for class. While the characters were not overly deep, it was a very interesting story!
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From Wikipedia:

Joseph Marie Eugène Sue (20 January 1804 – 3 August 1857) was a French novelist.
He was born in Paris, the son of a distinguished surgeon in Napoleon's army, and is said to have had the Empress Joséphine for godmother. Sue himself acted as surgeon both in the Spanish campaign undertaken by France in 1823 and at the Battle of Navarino (1828). In 1829 his father's death put him in poss
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