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One of Zola's most famous realist 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, Cam
Paperback, Penguin Classics, 201 pages
Published July 29th 2004 by Penguin Books (first published 1867)
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David Johnson Publication history from Wikipedia [English translations only]:
1867, France, Lacroix, December 1867, hardback
1887, Translation by Ernest Alfred Vizete…more
Publication history from Wikipedia [English translations only]:
1867, France, Lacroix, December 1867, hardback
1887, Translation by Ernest Alfred Vizetelly
1962, Penguin Classics translation by L. W. Tancock
1992, Oxford World's Classics translation by Andrew Rothwell
1995, Penguin Classics translation by Robin Buss
2013, Vintage (Random House) translation by Adam Thorpe
Obtain the last four listed translations from your library and compare a random chapter or two. See which you perfer avoid any with anchrononistic language [idioms]. See if you can determine why Penguin replaced the Tancock with Buss.(less)
Belinda Only if you don't like your teen and want them to be struck dumb with boredom.…moreOnly if you don't like your teen and want them to be struck dumb with boredom.(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
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
and here i thought thomas hardy was cruel to his characters...this book doesn't 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. it's 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 some zola, and i can continue my summer of "missed classics" with confidence.

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Introduction, by Adam Thorpe
A Note on the Translation

--Thérèse Raquin

Paquita Maria Sanchez
Dec 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: literature
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
"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
Steven Godin
Sep 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: paris, fiction, france
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
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
Dec 30, 2019 rated it liked it
the pain of remorse is the most difficult punishment for a person to live with
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
Petra-X Off having adventures
Jun 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Heavy literature readers with a taste for social issues.
Shelves: reviewed, fiction
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. ...more
5 stars for Adam Thorpe's translation, intro & notes; 3.5 for the book itself.
I first heard of Thérèse Raquin as a play. I was in my early teens, possibly a bit younger, and I was taken aback by the warnings on the banners for it outside a local theatre. Whilst I can't remember the wording, I recall thinking that I didn't know plays could be like that, with so much sex and violence and 18-certificate-ness - I thought that was only in films. The displays also managed, somehow, to communicate that
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 by T
Mary Crabtree
Very scary, very dark and definitely wonderful. Could not put this down. I learned about evil in this book.
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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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: french-lit, classics
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.
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 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
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have never read a book do unrelenting dark and foreboding.
The prose is just brilliant in this book.
There are some really bone chilling moments in this book easily as chilling as Edgar Allen Poe's writing.
Eventhough this was grim and dark to the very last page I found if very difficult to put down.

So this is French literature.... I have to say the writing was astounding and I will read more Zola and explore more French literature.

Definitely one of the great writers and glad to have decided t
Jul 04, 2019 rated it liked it
This 19th century novel of murder and passion seemed promising at first. Zola creates a dark, detailed world that becomes nightmarish. But it devolves into a monotonous, melodramatic morality tale that I was glad to finish. I'm glad I finally read Zola though. Check. ...more
Kristen Richeal
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow was that depressing! The first half reminded me of Poe's The Tell Tale Heart, the second half was akin to a Shakespearean tragedy. ...more
Aug 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Zola Zola Zola.

Will we ever go through a novel of yours without someone being murdered, attempted to be murdered, or at least plotted to be? No, I am not complaining, it does not feel repetitive at all, at least not in a negative way.

What we see here is typical gritty and savage prose by Zola. Two lovers find themselves in a sticky situation. Forbidden love with a married lady, spouse to your own friend. You can easily see how this sets it up for a great psychological suspense novel with an incr
BAM Endlessly Booked
Quick quip: Zola has an amazing hand at alliteration. Regardless of subject matter, I'm soothed by his word choices

Alas, I lack the words to fully describe my feelings about this amazing novel. My brain is congested. Please, if you are a fan of the classics, read this
Jul 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was my first e-book -- the dealer gave me an iPad when I leased my car, and since I was heading out of town I decided to try it out by downloading this "book," which was free. I think I would've read it a lot quicker if it had been a real book, but who wants to deal with some weird apple-y screen that highlights and flips pages around when you touch it? Yuck!

Anyway, whatever. I prefer my books in book form, but in either format, this book was awesome! If you're a fan of James M. Cain et al.
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, 2018
I found this painting by Degas, Interieur (1868-69),
mentioned in the other book I am reading at the moment, The Art of Rivalry: Four Friendships, Betrayals, and Breakthroughs in Modern Art. I was immediately drawn to it and started googling its history. Apparently, most people agree that it was inspired by Zola's Thérèse Raquin therefore I had to stop and read it.

It's been more than 20 years since I read Zola and coming right after a VERY contemporary novel, Conversations With Friends, I fo
Dec 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Bettie, Carey, Wanda
Recommended to Laura by: Dagny
The original French text is available at Project Gutenberg.

Free download available at eBooks@Adelaide.

And the audio version in English is available at LivriVox.

And the BBC Radio 4 - Classical Serial dramatization is available here.

And the audio version in French at Literature

This is the story of a love triangle between Thérèse Raquin, her cousin and husband Camille and Laurent, one of Camille's friends.

In his preface, Zola explains that his goal in this novel was to "study temperament
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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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