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Thérèse Raquin

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  17,723 ratings  ·  1,328 reviews
One of Zola's most famous realistic novels, Therese Raquin is a clinically observed, sinister tale of adultery and murder among the lower classes in nineteenth-century Parisian society.

Set in the claustrophobic atmosphere of a dingy haberdasher's shop in the passage du Pont-Neuf in Paris, this powerful novel tells how the heroine and her lover, Laurent, kill her husband, C
Paperback, Penguin Classics, 201 pages
Published July 29th 2004 by Penguin Books Ltd (first published 1867)
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Kevin Jagernauth The Leonard Tancock translation feels a bit "loose" or contemporary, to the point where I wondered if the original text is that prurient and direct or…moreThe Leonard Tancock translation feels a bit "loose" or contemporary, to the point where I wondered if the original text is that prurient and direct or if he was taking some liberties.

Would be interested to see how different passages compare in different translations.(less)
lydia joy Probably, depends on the teens age and what they feel comfortable reading. While there wasn’t any graphic sexual content, the entire story revolves…moreProbably, depends on the teens age and what they feel comfortable reading. While there wasn’t any graphic sexual content, the entire story revolves around an affair between lovers, and the language certainly conveys the passion of the affair. (less)

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Paul Bryant
Sep 30, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: novels
You don't need another Coca Cola
Or the latest Francis Ford Coppola
You don't need a holiday in Angola
You need this novel by Emile Zola
It's raw like a bad case of ebola
It's atomic like gay enola
Not pretty like a gladiola
Or sweet like a tune from a old victrola
He told the truth like the Ayatollah
He was revolutionary like Hizbollah
He never needed no payola
He didn't have a Motorola
He wrote the truth, he was Emile Zola
Like a panel he was solar
Nineteenth century rock and roller
He put Balzac back in his
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
Henry Avila
This is the kind of book you survive, an obstacle course for masochists , the only people who will truly love it, don't get me wrong a very talented writer in his first important novel shows his skill, but he has a tendency to wallow in misery, giving a reader too many painful scenes. Zola believes, to be taken seriously , he needs to inflict the maximum pain, a simple murder case becomes a protracted story even though a short novel, it seems an eternity...Critics called the book pornographic wh ...more

Realising the inappropriate reaction to my second reading of Zola's early duel with murderous passion, I try to look concerned or appalled or just plain disgusted, like his contemporary audience.

In his preface, he complains about the critics hating the novel for all the wrong reasons. And now I begin to think I might be loving it for all the wrong reasons instead.

Zola claims to have looked at the strong and passionate reaction of two lovers killing an inconvenient husband with the eyes
Introduction, by Adam Thorpe
A Note on the Translation

--Thérèse Raquin

Paquita Maria Sanchez
Dec 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: literature, france
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
Jun 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Mohammed  Ali
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
تيريز راكان .. قصة خيانة . . . . . التقييم خمس نجوم .

من قلب الواقع يرسم زولا خطوط شخصياته، من وحي الحياة الإجتماعية العادية يخلق شخصياته الموجودة أصلا، ستعرفهم .. و إن لم تعرفهم أكيد ستكون قد سمعت بهم، و إن لم تسمع بهم فهذا مؤكد أنك عرفت أو سمعت عن نماذج قريبة منهم، هذا هو زولا و الإتجاه الطبيعي الواقعي في الأدب الفرنسي .

hebergeur dimage

تيريز راكان .. قصّة النفس البشرية عندما تسيطر عليها الرغبة الجامحة و الإنسياق وراء الشهوة، فتتولد الأنانية و تعمى البصيرة و يسقط صوت العقل و الضمير، فيرقص الشيط
"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.
César Lasso
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un callejón inmundo de humedad y mugre por el que los transeúntes pasan apresurados para acortar camino sirve de marco a esta novela que inicia la corriente del Naturalismo. Escrita por un joven Zola veinteañero, sorprende su temprana maestría. Thérèse Raquin es un excelente estudio psicológico.

Esta obra es una clara muestra de que para escribir un trabajo magistral, no hacen falta más que unos pocos personajes y una extensión abarcable.

Se me hace difícil elaborar esta reseña sin incurrir en spo
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
I read this book with morbid fascination, following with horror the deterioration of the sanity of the two main characters, Therese and Laurent. It's not a pleasant book to read. Quite the opposite. Zola wrote this book for men, not women. He didn't intend it to be regarded as a novel - which he considered to be for women, not men - but as an objective study of human behaviour which he likened to that of 'beasts'. Knowing this, it's easy to read it as if we are watching two laboratory rats rathe ...more
Andrei Tamaş
Publicarea romanului a atras după sine un uriaş val de critici din partea presei prozaice. Să abordezi o problematică atât de complexă precum o crimă care să înlesnească drumul spre hedonismul amoros, în mijlocul secolului al XIX-lea, şi să te aştepţi totodată ca lumea să te înţeleagă nu e tocmai o idee împăciuitoare. De multe ori însă, e greu ca un scriitor de geniu să fie înţeles de societatea sa. El -scriitorul- îşi asumă astfel rolul de corector moral odată cu sacrificiul acceptării ponegrir ...more
Sep 14, 2012 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
Steven Godin
Sep 04, 2018 rated it liked it
This short novel (the weakest of the four Zola's I have read so far) is a tale of lust, madness and destruction set within the brooding, dingy backstreets of Paris. Not the back streets I know and love of today!. The eponymous protagonist, a repressed and silently resentful young woman is married off, as per normal, according to her aunt's wishes to her sickly cousin Camille. When Thérèse meets Camille's robust and earthy friend Laurent, a turbulent passion is unleashed that drives them ultimate ...more
Dec 28, 2016 rated it liked it
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
Jun 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
التقييم هنا للقصة الأولى فقط
تريز راكان ..
عن الخيانة تحدث وكتب زولا كما لم يكتب أحدا من قبل
ما أسهل الخيانة عندما يكون الإنسان محل ثقة ..
Mary Crabtree
Very scary, very dark and definitely wonderful. Could not put this down. I learned about evil in this book.
Mar 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: frança, 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
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: francia, 1001

Due matrimoni e tre funerali

Quattro personaggi in questa storia incolore di Emil Zolà: Teresa e Camillo, che poi si sposano, e la madre e un amico di Camillo, Lorenzo.

Quattro personaggi insoddisfatti, scialbi e con aspettative limitate che sopravvivono a fatica in una Parigi cinerea, umida e disattenta.

La trama in sé è semplice e abbastanza scontata. Teresa sposa Camillo senza un perché, Camillo sposa Teresa alla ricerca di una vita tranquilla. Teresa e Lorenzo diventano amanti per caso ma con
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1001-books
Superb. Reading Zola surely sets the bar - I'd say he is the French Hardy but although they are both masters of their art and certainly like to dwell in the downer side of town, Zola deals with the city and the impact of the immediate environment and people on the psyche of the individual which isn't really an area that Hardy greatly concentrates on.

Of course I've yet to read a lot of Zola so I could be wrong but going on the fact that he seems to be acknowledged as the trailblazer of the Human
Khashayar Mohammadi
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics, french-lit
Thérèse Raquin is Dostoyevsky's re-imagination of Macbeth, channeled through Émile Zola.

Its a claustrophobic tale of murder and adultery that sets the scene for many modern French Romance novels to come. Taking the simplicity of the plot into consideration, I was pleasantly surprised by how engrossing the narrative was.
Petra Eggs
Jun 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Heavy literature readers with a taste for social issues.
Shelves: fiction, reviewed
The shortest and most readable books from the 20-vol Rougon-Macquart cycle but perhaps not the best one to start with. 'Germinal' more gives the full heavy, 19th C saga-with-issues flavour of Zola.
Apr 17, 2012 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 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
Oct 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lo que se suponía iba a ser un largo barbecho a la literatura de Émile Zola (1840-1902), tan sólo quedó en 10 escasos días, pero suficientes para obtener otra riquísima cosecha. Al hilo de esa gran obra llamada “Germinal”, que me ha impresionado muy gratamente, no pude resistir iniciar otra de las narraciones de este autor. La elegida fue Thérèse Raquin que contiene un argumento por demás sugestivo, a la vez que espinoso.

Como se sabe, a Émile Zola se le considera el padre del “Naturalismo”, cor
Oct 21, 2012 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
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Iman Vaezi
Jan 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, french
ترز راکن اولین موفقیت چشمگیر ادبی زولا بود که البته بی بها هم نبود . محک صادقانه هرزگی انسان به مذاق منتقدان آن دوره اصلا خوش نیامد و حتی تلاش کردند ناشر را مجبور به سانسور کنند. زولا در مقدمه چاپ بعدی کتاب از کارش دفاع کرد: " امیدوارم خواننده درک کند که هدف من کار علمی است". بدین منظور زولا انسان را با حیوان برابر و مطیع و برده طبیعت بنیادین خویش در نظر میگیرد و با لفاظی نیمه علمی به توصیف حالات و کردار نمونههای انسانی خودش میپردازد. زولا هیچ علاقه و احساسی نسبت به کاراکترهای خودش ندارد، آنها چ ...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
“They dared not peer down into their own natures, down into the feverish confusion that filled their minds with a kind of dense, acrid mist.” 34 likes
“When there is no hope in the future, the present appears atrociously bitter.” 24 likes
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