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(Les Rougon-Macquart #9)

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Lisa
"Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power." (Oscar Wilde)

Had Nana been a child of today, forced to grow up in the social circumstances of her parents' poverty, violence and alcoholism in the depressing Parisian Goutte d'Or, she would have been moved to a foster family, and sent to family therapy with her brothers.

But Nana was born in 1851, according to the plot of L'Assommoir (The Dram Shop) which covers her mother's story. And she learned how to play the
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Henry Avila
Nov 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the year of the fabulous Paris World's Fair, of 1867, when the glamorous city is crowded, with thrill seeking foreign and domestic visitors, Nana Coupeau, a prostitute, makes her unlikely debut also, on stage, in "The Blonde Venus", a spectacular but mediocre operetta. That she can't dance, sing or act, and has a horrible voice, doesn't matter, what is important, Nana is quite beautiful and has charisma, Monsieur Bordenave, the nervous owner of the shabby Opera House,"Varietes", isn't worried ...more
David
Sep 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here's why Nana should never be made into a movie... (Too late. It already has been. Four times.) Emile Zola has created a character so preposterous that casting agents in every corner of the globe would be hard-pressed to locate an actress capable of making her believable. Now I am not claiming that a woman like Nana could not exist—because our world is certainly chock-full of the preposterous—but she would necessarily be so exceptional—such an astounding confluence of so many unlikely ...more
Luís C.
In a couple of brilliant first chapters, Zola describes in detail the role of theater, a kind of musical comedy of Olympic mythological subject where the eighteen-year-old Nana, unable to sing and act, exhibits her attractive anatomy with cleavage and nudes in transparency. Then he takes us to the girl's house (who has a son since she was sixteen), where the fans stand in line as in a medical consultation, along with the creditors. Nana has to complement what she earns in the theater and with ...more
Traveller
Disclaimer: Whereas I usually try to be objective with my ratings and reviews, with this specific one, I allowed my gut to lead me.

I hated this novel for it's sanctimonious preaching and its rank offensively aggressive misogynism (or perhaps, as has been remarked, it is misanthropy, plain and simple? ..since both men and women are ripped to shreds by the sharp lash of Zola's tongue pen ).

The general milieu in the period of history that this novel is set in, was very unkind to the poor, so good
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Manny
You've heard of The Hooker With A Heart Of Gold? Well, this is the other kind.
Edward
Introduction
Select Bibliography
A Chronology of Émile Zola


--Nana

Explanatory Notes
MJ Nicholls
Zola’s ninth instalment in the Rougon-Macquart cycle tells the tale of steely-hearted coquette Nana—part-time actress, part-time prostitute, full-time booty-shaking Venus mantrap. The first quarter of the novel is a bacchanalian romp through the Théâtre des Variétés demimonde, introducing Nana’s rolling revue of sexual partners and sugar daddies. After her semi-nude debut (where she shows off her ‘corncrake’ singing voice), she has all Paris’s men drooling at her calves. First she settles down ...more
Teresa
Jun 14, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can imagine the outrage this novel (probably one of those racy French novels kept out of the hands of proper Victorian ladies) provoked at the time of publication with its explicit portrait of a actress-cum-prostitute. Zola didn't write to titillate; he himself was outraged (as usual) at a society that was bored, wasteful and decadent, caring only for its own pleasure, thinking nothing of the future, its own excesses causing its collapse.

I went back and forth wondering whether Zola was
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Dolors
Mar 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A raw critic view of the enriched Parisian society in the late XIXth century.
The degradation, the hypocritical standards, the morals and conscience of a corrupted society.
All tattooed in the flesh of Nana, a prostitute of high standards but low esteem.
Ade Bailey
Jun 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Joy unlimited. A long, long time ago my kindly Headmaster recommended I broaden my reading prior to university, and gave me Germinal. I read it somewhat dutifully and marked as done, a knowledge of Zola. Now, man years later, I can read at last. And this book that has been staring from my shelf for years has bombed me out. Nana is a carbonated torrent of the most high speed and energetic writing I have come across. Decay, decadence, death, power, class, cruelty, the brilliant equation of the ...more
Shane
Sep 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A stunning indictment of the excesses of the Second Empire in France which implodes on greed and human weakness. Nana is both the cause and the reflection of that greed, as are her countless lovers.

Zola is truly the master of the crowd scene and many of the chapters in this book involve a crowd of people (albeit the same people); be it a behind-the-scenes visit to a theatre during a performance, a party at an aristocratic residence, a party at a prostitute’s residence, a horse race, a wake. The
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Ova - Excuse My Reading
Nana is a French classic, lucky that I read it from an excellent translation.

The relation between Nana & Count Muffat fascinated me when I read this and what an ending; making this an unforgettable novel.
Jason
Aug 19, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I get it--Nana rose from a fetid pile of garbage and alighted arbitrarily on the upper crust of Parisian society, staining it.

I get it--Nana exposed the myriad faces of man's desires, disgracing them.

I get it--Nana digested men wholly and selfishly, wildly prostituting herself.

I get it, but only in the last couple hundred pages. I'm an ardent fan of Emile Zola, especially the 20 part Les Rougan-Macquart series. His writing is powerful. However, the first 200 pages of Nana was downright boring.
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Chrissie
Now I have listened to 5 hours, and do not like this at all. I have decided to dump it. I find the book boring and the characters unintelligent, with despicable behavior. I don't feel pity or empathy for any of them. Couldn't Zola have thrown in some humor? OK, Zola was a naturalist, but is it realistic to collect together such a bunch of loosers? Are people really this bad? And I am sick to death of the soirées, one after another filled with empty talk and drunkenness. Those at the soirées are ...more
poncho
Feb 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
It might be weird that I begin by the end of the story, but it was indeed what I liked the most in this novel. Well, actually, the last two chapters, for me, are just magnificent: from the literary style to the story itself. I was amazed by Zola’s way to describe decadence and how this man-eater stops having just ‘little bites’ and starts devouring her preys. What thrilled me the most of this book was the fact that I knew the characters were not likeable at all, which is true; that there isn’t ...more
James
Apr 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, classics, love
An amazing febrile whopper of a book. Nana, an actress and courtesan, is a one woman wrecking ball, the flame upon which a host of moths blinded by desire hurl themselves. Zola really does not pull his punches at any stage and the book rockets through to ever increasing lurid madness conjuring up the image of the Empire of the 1870s as a boat careening around a whirlpool as anchor after anchor snaps away. The ending in the particular uses a symbolism so pungent and gothic that one forgives the ...more
Alan
Jul 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this in an NEH (to which great institution, now threatened, I owe my mental growth once I was teaching) seminar on Medicine and the Humanities, at Cornell, with Psychiatry (and German) professor Sander Gilman, later President of the 15K member Modern Language Association of America. Much of our seminar became his later books like Seeing the Insane--images, representaations of patients, but also of nurses and physicians. So art history was involved, and even a bit of music, since Sander's ...more
BAM The Bibliomaniac
What an enlightening look at the backstage of the Parisian stage! It's as busy as a city sidewalk. Speaking of busy, Nana is a mistress of musical bedrooms. The art of the courtesan is new to her, having been a street walker in a previous novel, but she's taken well to it. But the life of a kept woman has numerous restrictions; she's never really a free spirit. There are constant schedule mishaps ( because of course, there must be more than one man unless he's royalty), there may be a child to ...more
Andrew
This is Nana. Watch Nana fuck. Fuck, Nana, fuck.

That is the plot of Emile Zola's Nana. It is a 19th Century French novel, which means it's this big messy melodramatic soap opera. But it's so much fun! Nana is a man-eater to make anyone on Days of Our Lives blush, tangled up not only in prostitution, but in gambling, gluttony, promiscuity, lesbian kidnappings (?!), sadomasochism, suicide, murder, and, most importantly for Zola, economic catastrophe. Not only can she burn down the lives of those
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Bob
May 11, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It started with my admission (principally to myself, though I placed it on my blog, which means principally to myself) that I didn't know the difference between realism and naturalism - still figuring it out, but I think naturalism means you don't have to have a plot.
Bethan
Nov 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regular-fiction
I couldn't help but laugh. It just seems funny and crazy in a lampooning way. It's full of sex and the stupidity of people. The more it went on, the more I hoped that the vapid and well-meaning but fiscally and sexually voracious prostitute Nana of the title would screw everyone over, including herself. As she did, repeatedly. It's such a French romp. I mean, really. France produces 120 Days of Sodom, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Story of O.. and Nana.

"Nana shot through like a cloud of
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Alex
May 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For those who like time travel, not to a virtual time someone makes up, but to a real one such as Paris in the 1870’s, those who want vivid, detailed, and realistic imagery, minimal moralization, or those who want to sample “naturalist” or “scientific” literature, Nana is a perfect specimen.

Here we follow a first-rate Parisian courtesan into her home, every room, including the bathroom, to see her clients, what they do, talk about, eat, and how much money changes hands, what her room maid,
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Elizabeth (Alaska)
Nana is the daughter of Gervaise from L'Assommoir (The Dram Shop). Nana is a prostitute, hedonist, and narcissist. She has enormous sex appeal, able to attract men of enormous wealth with the crook of her finger.

It was very interesting reading this practically on the heels of Balzac's Cousin Bette, which had a similar theme. Balzac is told more from the view of the men, while Zola told from the female viewpoint. Nana's character is very well-developed - one is both fascinated and repelled. The
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Czarny Pies
Sep 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french-lit
Zola is a writer who normal makes every effort to repel the reader with his sordid naturalism that typically makes a bad reality seem even worse than it is. However, this book about an upscale demi-mondaine is great fun. Perhaps Zola could not bear to make a story about a lady of easy virtue dreary. Read it. You will never enjoy reading Zola as much again.
Judith
Nov 18, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know if I gave this book a fair shake because it was so annoying I had to stop reading it after 50 pages or so. All the women were described as "sluts" and "whores". All the men were drooling bores. And the author's tone seemed to be one of a madly gesticulating Frenchman flippantly dismissing various sexual escapades as if to say, "ah yes, sex is so boring. but what else is there to talk about?"
Linda Leven
Jun 11, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NO ONE
I must disagree with all the previous reviews. I found this book to be one of Zola's most tedious and tiresome. Of course. I am a Trollope lover, and maybe that is what accounts for my dissenting opinion. I will not go through the story. That has been told. I found the book crammed with scenes of large crowds -- at the dinners and salons, at the theatre, at the racetrack-- dozens of miscellaneous characters chattering away, frivolous conversations of meaningless nonsense. And most of these ...more
Leah Bayer
Once upon a time, at the age of 13, I stumbled upon this book in the basement. The edition my mom owned had Nana scantily clad on the cover, in a white negligee if I recall correctly. And I thought, "aha! A scandalous book not for children! I'm gonna read it!" Well you got me good, Zola (and also my mom who had planted it as a trap). That scantily clad lady got me to read actual literature. And I loved it.
J.M. Hushour
I know I'm definitely in the minority here, but having read the Rougon-Macquart novels in order (Zola's actual, recommended order) and down to the last three, I would have to say that this is easily the worst out of all of them. Given the caliber of the previous sixteen novels, this is really saying something dangerous, probably. But I stand by it.
I can't help but apportion part of the blame to the history of the book itself: long heralded and scandalous as an early peek into sexual matters,
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Moon Rose
The word Nana appears to be the French anagram of the English name Anna, which in French is a derogatory term for a woman, or a girlfriend, but in my vernacular language, it defines in a way I think, after reading the novel, what Émile Zola really attributes her whimsical protagonist, her meteoric rise and sudden fall, which somehow alluded to the degradation of the French aristocracy and the prevalent decadence infecting the French middle class, for in Filipino(Tagalog) her name simply means a ...more
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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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Les Rougon-Macquart (1 - 10 of 20 books)
  • The Fortune of the Rougons
  • La Curée
  • The Belly of Paris
  • La Conquête de Plassans
  • La Faute de l'abbé Mouret
  • Son Excellence Eugène Rougon
  • L'Assommoir
  • Une Page d'amour
  • Pot Luck
  • The Ladies' Paradise
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“She alone was left standing, amid the accumulated riches of her mansion, while a host of men lay stricken at her feet. Like those monsters of ancient times whose fearful domains were covered with skeletons, she rested her feet on human skulls and was surrounded by catastrophes...The fly that had come from the dungheap of the slums, carrying the ferment of social decay, had poisoned all these men simply by alighting on them. It was fitting and just. She had avenged the beggars and outcasts of her world. And while, as it were, her sex rose in a halo of glory and blazed down on her prostrate victims like a rising sun shining down on a field of carnage, she remained as unconscious of her actions as a splendid animal, ignorant of the havoc she had wreaked, and as good-natured as ever.” 13 likes
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