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The Belly of Paris by Émile Zola
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Feb 18, 12

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction
Read from January 19 to February 12, 2012

Reading this book was like taking a trip back in time to mid-nineteenth century Paris with the best tour guide. I've seldom read a book where the setting is such an important part of the book, and Zola takes the reader and his characters from the top to bottom of Les Halles, the giant central market, where the characters' lives intersect.

This version was free through Project Gutenberg--however, I learned when I was almost finished that this translation/version was modified from the original translation to comply with the English obscenity laws of the time, and there are more recent, complete translations available now.

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