Pot Luck (1882) is the tenth in Zola's Rougon-Macquart cycle of twenty novels illustrating the influence of environment on characters from all levels of society. Zola's most acerbic fictional satire, the novel is set in a newly constructed apartment block in the Rue de Choiseul in Paris. Seemingly a place of prosperity and harmony, it is riddled with snobbery and hypocrisy. Privilege forms but a thin veneer of respectability between the bourgeois tenants, who live in comfortable, heated apartments, and their servants who live in cold, partitioned cubicles under the roof, and work in the building's filthy kitchens.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - sushitori - LibraryThing
Interesting study of middle class life in 19th century Paris but the men were too obsessed with who they would sleep with next. Nice background on the development of apartment buildings as a new way of living for the bourgeoise. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - arubabookwoman - LibraryThing
Having completed Pot Luck, I am now half-way through my Rougon-Macquart journey. In Pot Luck, Zola takes on the bourgeoisie, in a story revolving around Octave Mouret. Octave is the son of the Mourets ... Read full review