Germinal

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Wordsworth Editions, 2007 - Coal miners - 478 pages
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Germinal (1885) is the thirteenth in Émile Zola's cycle of twenty novels about the Rougon-Macquart dynasty. It tells the story of Étienne Lantier, from the illegitimate Macquart branch of the family, who arrives in the mining settlement of Montsou, and witnesses at first hand the appalling conditions in which miners live and work.Gradually becoming embroiled in a bitter dispute between the miners and their employers, he eventually leads the strike which is the centrepiece of the novel. But this is more than the struggle of labour against capital. It is also the struggle of the hungry against the well-fed, against the passivity and resignation passed down over generations of starving people, and ultimately against hunger itself, represented by the fantastical devouring monster of the mine, which swallows up men, just as the beast of the modern industrial economy relentlessly swallows up capital. This apparent pessimism about society is offset by the possibility of rebirth and regeneration. For all the inherited misery of the downtrodden, the old order may some day be overturned.
 

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If there was ever a book that demonstrates the need for unions to prevent companies from oppressing the masses, then this is it. This book describes in dark, gruesome detail the lives of coalminers in ... Read full review

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In 19th century France, the miners of Village Two Hundred and Forty go on strike after the company cuts their wages below subsistence level. The standoff becomes an outright war against their ... Read full review

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Contents

CHAPTER ONE
3
CHAPTER TWO
13
CHAPTER THREE
22
CHAPTER FOUR
35
CHAPTER FIVE
46
CHAPTER SIX
56
PART TWO
65
CHAPTER 1
67
CHAPTER SIX
242
CHAPTER SEVEN
255
PART FIVE
267
CHAPTER ONE
269
CHAPTER TWO
278
CHAPTER THREE
290
CHAPTER FOUR
299
CHAPTER FIVE
310

CHAPTER TWO
77
CHAPTER THREE
88
CHAPTER 4
100
CHAPTER FIVE
109
PART THREE
121
CHAPTER ONE
123
CHAPTER TWO
135
CHAPTER THREE
148
CHAPTER FOUR
158
CHAPTER FIVE
168
PART FOUR
179
CHAPTER ONE
181
CHAPTER TWO
195
CHAPTER THREE
204
CHAPTER FOUR
215
CHAPTER FIVE
230
CHAPTER SIX
324
PART SIX
339
CHAPTER ONE
341
CHAPTER TWO
352
CHAPTER THREE
364
CHAPTER FOUR
374
CHAPTER FIVE
385
PART SEVEN
397
CHAPTER ONE
399
CHAPTER TWO
411
CHAPTER THREE
421
CHAPTER FOUR
436
CHAPTER FIVE
450
CHAPTER SIX
468
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