Germinal (Google eBook)

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Penguin, May 25, 2004 - Fiction - 592 pages
9 Reviews
The thirteenth novel in Émile Zola’s great Rougon-Macquart sequence, Germinal expresses outrage at the exploitation of the many by the few, but also shows humanity’s capacity for compassion and hope.

Etienne Lantier, an unemployed railway worker, is a clever but uneducated young man with a dangerous temper. Forced to take a back-breaking job at Le Voreux mine when he cannot get other work, he discovers that his fellow miners are ill, hungry, and in debt, unable to feed and clothe their families. When conditions in the mining community deteriorate even further, Lantier finds himself leading a strike that could mean starvation or salvation for all.

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Review: Germinal (Les Rougon-Macquart #13)

User Review  - Julia Good-Reads - Goodreads

It was definitely stunning as a picture of the depth of human existence before basic human rights and unions etc. elevated the standards of living and working - much like the Grapes of Wrath. This ... Read full review

Review: Germinal (Les Rougon-Macquart #13)

User Review  - Bethan - Goodreads

Almost Biblical, mixed in with soapy melodrama. A bleak social novel (The Grapes of Wrath comes very much to mind and is in the same tradition) set in the 1860s about the long and excruciating ... Read full review

Contents

PART I
PART II
PART III
PART IV
PART V
PART VI
PART VII
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Émile Zola (1840-1902) was the leading figure in the French school of naturalistic fiction. His principal work, Les Rougon-Macquart, is a panorama of mid-19th century French life, in a cycle of 20 novels which Zola wrote over a period of 22 years.

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