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Germinie Lacerteux

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  166 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Orphaned at the age of four, Germinie Lacerteux is forced to enter service in Paris in order to pay her way, in a story that paints a vision of 19th-century Paris haunted by poverty, death, and despair. In the service of Mlle de Varandeuil, Germinie realizes that if she wishes to remain employed, she faces an unmarried life. Such a frustration of her maternal instincts eng ...more
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Eric
Quite bad. When it comes to the heroine (or patient or inmate), Germinie, based on their real-life housekeeper, an irreproachable retainer posthumously revealed to have stolen money and wine to fund a secret life of debauchery and support a rogue’s gallery of gigolos, the Goncourt brothers have command of but two styles: that of a detective baldly noting the comings and goings of a mark under surveillance; and that of a smug old timey psychologist, righteous with phrenology or eugenics, composin ...more
Bruce
Jun 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The de Goncourt brothers, Edmond and Jules, were French novelists of the mid-18th century who worked collaboratively in the same naturalist tradition as the Italian verismo opera composer, Puccini. Germinie Lacerteux was published in 1865.

The title character was orphaned at age four and was raised by her sisters until she was fourteen at which age she was sent to Paris to live with an older sister who put her to work as a waitress. Raped by a fellow employee, she delivered a stillborn child. Sub
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Noce
Aug 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cose che mai nessuno vi dirà


Era una notte buia e tempestosa, due masnadieri e uno yo-yo, in preda all’oscurità attendevano.

Uno di loro disse:

- A Giovà, ma tu li conosci i Fratelli De Goncourt?

- Chi, quelli che fanno ridere?

- No quelli sono i Marx.

- Ah, allora quelli del cinema.

- No, quelli sono i Lumière.

- Sei sicuro? A me pareva si chiamassero diversamente.

- Ho capito: tu parli dei Cohen. Comunque no, non intendevo loro.

- Ah, allora vuoi dire quelli della canoa.

- No, quelli sono gli Ab
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Yannis Thomadakis
A complete masterpiece! One of the books that are classics beyond any doubt. A naturalist novel on the darkest and most awkward sides of the human psychology. A wonderful portrayal of the 19th century French society. Something harsh with plates of gold around it. I completely adore Edmond and Jules de Goncourt!
Sally
"For me she isn't a maid, a servant. She is like the family I never had!"
By sally tarbox on 2 June 2017
Format: Kindle Edition
Inspired by the authors' servant - an apparently devoted employee whom they discovered, after her death, had been stealing, drinking and living an immoral life.
The title character here is just such a servant. An unhappy early life leads her to become obsessively religious - but when her adored priest realises her feelings are for him rather than God, and avoids her, she gi
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La Stamberga dei Lettori
Germinie Lacerteux sancisce l'inizio del Naturalismo e i principi naturalisti sancivano che il romanzo doveva semplicemente reccontare la verità, una verità oggettiva e documentata. Niente di più semplice allora per i Goncourt che attingere alla "loro" realtà ispirandosi al caso di una domestica che aveva prestato servizio in casa loro.

Germinie Lacertux, dopo un passato travagliato, riesce a trovare un impiego di cameriera presso una anziana signorina, Mademoiselle de Varandeuil che la tratta ge
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Apolline
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Les frères Goncourt se sont inspirés d'une histoire vraie pour dépeindre ce triste portrait d'une femme du peuple du Paris du 19e siècle. On découvre ainsi, avec une certaine empathie, la vie cachée de Germinie. L'existence de cette bonne est loin d'être des plus joyeuses, mais cette vie de fiction nous permet d'entendre la voix du peuple qui, finalement, est assez peu représentée jusqu'à la seconde moitié du 19e siècle. Concernant la forme, le style épuré des Goncourt rend la lecture rapide et ...more
Chiara (Catullina)
L'inizio del Naturalismo francese, da cui prenderanno spunto Zolà prima, e Verga poi.
Mi è piaciuto davvero tanto, l'infelice e travagliata storia di Germinie è raccontata in un modo che a me risulta particolarmente gradito.
Orcun
Jan 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Ziya Osman Saba'nın yetkin çevirisi, romanın tavizsiz gerçekçi, karanlık, zaman zaman şiirsel olabilen dilini çok iyi yansıtmış. Umarım, sahafta bulduğum bu kitabın, bu çeviriyle yeni baskısı yapılır.
Georgia
Mar 01, 2015 rated it liked it
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Rex Deverell
Feb 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First book I have read by the Goncourt Brothers - picked it up because of the reference in Mimesis - and the development of tragic realistic French novels in the 19th century.
Adi
Oct 04, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The novel was too dark, and I personally didn't like the main heroine at all.
JefferyK
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Better than I expected. Relentlessly bleak and depressing, but fascinating. I think people make a little too much out of this being based on a real person -- per the introduction, nearly all of the events really happened. But so much of this book is about the motivation of the main character, and surely that is just the Goncourts filling in the blanks, they never discussed motivation with the housekeeper this novel is based on. And it is this filling in that is the most problematic aspect of the ...more
Leeeo-
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cosette va alla fonte. Aspetta Valjean. La notte è sempre più nera, la strada più lunga, il freddo più intenso, il secchio pesante. Jean non arriva, ma Cosette aspetta. Non vuole tornare a casa, sente già i ghigni della matrigna. Ma Jean questa notte non arriva. Né quella dopo, né quella dopo ancora. Finché una notte, tetra come le altre, Cosette si stanca, appoggia il secchio, si addormenta sul terriccio ghiacciato. Niente sogni, soltanto un tiepido oblio.
Jerri
Apr 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was excellent. Viscerally, it was fun to pick out when Edmond, or Jules is speaking. And the last scene was the living begging the dead to forgive our sins--our crimes against humanity, as is the the rightful place of the marginalized in heaven. Beautiful.
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Edmond de Goncourt was a French writer, literary critic, art critic, book publisher and the founder of the Académie Goncourt. He was born Edmond Louis Antoine Huot de Goncourt in Nancy.
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“We asked ourselves whether, in these days of equality in which we live, there are classes unworthy the notice of the author and the reader, misfortunes too lowly, dramas too foul-mouthed, catastrophes too commonplace in the terror they inspire.” 1 likes
“She was, so to speak, an impersonal creature, because of her great heart; a woman who did not belong to herself: God seemed to have made her only to give her to others.” 1 likes
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