Germinal

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Penguin, May 25, 2004 - Fiction - 592 pages
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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) (Les Rougon-Macquart #13)

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i didn't love this as the Zola "masterpiece" that it is frequently touted, but i did enjoy it. part of what didn't work for me was just the subject matter (which, since Zola, has been trod to death ... Read full review

Contents

Plans and Preparations
People and Politics
Enter the Hero
Nature and Naturalism
Presentation and Progress
NOTES
In English
In French
PART I
PART II
PART III
PART IV
PART V
PART VI
PART VII
Copyright

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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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