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Thérèse Raquin by Émile Zola
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May 02, 2009

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Very much along the lines of Crime and Punishment, but much more internal conflict...more like inner turmoil and torture. Zola manages not to get too repetitive in writing about the way that Therese and Laurent torture themselves and each other over the murder of Camille. There are places in the book that are fairly gut-wrenching. You can feel the frustration and hatred that Mme. Raquin is unable to express after her stroke. And Laurent's killing of the cat was bothersome to me...I have a hard time when writers decide to cruelly kill animals. Kill all the people you want, I don't care...but you kill a cat and I have a problem finishing the passage. Don't know that I would necessarily recommmend this book, but if you have a thing for psychological thrillers, this might be up your alley. If you like Crime and Punishment, you should definitely check out this much shorter novel.

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