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After his memory returns, at one point, Serge feels that God abandons him right after he feels proud of his own purity. He then succumbs to Albine's invitation, and goes to Paradou to meet her. But when Albine seduces him taking him to the Forbidden Tree , God guides him again, and he can finally cut off his passionate love to Albine forever. Maybe, when we become proud of ourselves, God deliberately sends us temptation to make us sinned, and is therefore humbling us and making us worthy of salvation. Naturalism and Research. Judging from the book's main topic, you can surely find naturalism flows abundantly throughout the book.

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There was a passage where the plants and flowers became alive and at war, attacking the Church! Of course, it's an allegory, but reading it, I felt like I saw it myself! Later, Zola's vivid picturesque narration inspired at least two impressionist paintings: Le Paradou by Edouard Joseph Dantan is one of them.

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And Zola put big efforts too into his research for this book. He must have analyzed and studied many horticultural catalogues to present so many plants and flowers throughout the book that at one point really bored me! And he has certainly studied the Bible, Catholic Missal, and many devotional books to write vividly of Mass and Sacramental events in great details. Women, Immorality, and Misogyny. I was quite intrigued by the misogyny level in this novel. Brother Archangias--another religious in Les Artaud but not ordained? Can you imagine this kind of man being religious?

Les Artaud is actually a tribe, which at the end named the village. Les Artauds people married their own relatives for ages. They are low in morality, and don't go into religion. When girls get knocked up, their concern is only of the loss of hands to work the farm, not of the ruined reputation.

Again, getting pregnant means procreation and fertility About this Item: Elek Books London, Hard cover - Book in Very Good condition with foxing and slight wear to page edges. Dustwrapper in Good condition with light wear to edges and other general wear. First Edition.

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Translated from the French by Brian Rhys. This is the first edition in the English language. Light soiling to outside edges of text block. Jacket is in protective wraps, no adhesives. Light soiling to jacket. Some staining to back cover of jacket. Small chunks missing from jacket edges. Very light browning to pages. Shipped Weight:. Published by Citadel About this Item: Citadel, Condition: Near Fine.

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The conquest of Plassans : or The priest in the house ; a realistic novel

Still an attractive copy of this new translation of La Conquete de Plassans that is the ". Published by Citadel Press, New York From: Jeffrey H. A nice copy in a jacket with some very shallow chipping and a dust-soiled rear panel.

Condition: Very Good Plus. Tightly bound. Corners not bumped. Text is free of markings. Dust jacket is not price clipped. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. Uniform Edition. Translated:Brian Rhys. Previous Owners Insc. Published by Paul Elek About this Item: Paul Elek, Wonderful 50's Jacket design as shown. Published by Citadel, New York About this Item: Citadel, New York, Hard Cover.

Reprint Edition. This terrifying story of a man driven mad by his wife's religious hysteria is one of Zola's - not most melodramatic but, strangely enough - most subtle novels. Published by Elek Books About this Item: Elek Books, Satisfaction Guaranteed! Book is in Used-Good condition. Pages and cover are clean and intact. Used items may not include supplementary materials such as CDs or access codes. May show signs of minor shelf wear and contain limited notes and highlighting. Published by Citadel Press, About this Item: Citadel Press, , Near Fine.

The smallest edge wear keeps it from fine. No chips. No tears. No fading. No rubbing. Remarkable condition. Price intact on flap. Jul 11, Kelly Marcu rated it really liked it. Very complex plot. Sep 15, Cindywho rated it liked it Shelves: french. Zola offers up small town politics and a descent into madness fueled by the appearance of a priest with an aversion to bathing and sketchy relatives. It's not my favorite one so far, but still Zola. Jun 15, Sam rated it liked it Shelves: french-lit , rougon-macquart.

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Started off brilliant, but the book itself seemed to get tired fairly quickly and the ending seemed rushed. Mar 16, David Margetts rated it really liked it.

Typical Zola, an intriguing tale of treachery, slander, manipulation, politics, religion, jealousy, gossip and strained relationships in 19th century small town France. Zola captures completely the culture and essence of life in rural France Typical Zola, an intriguing tale of treachery, slander, manipulation, politics, religion, jealousy, gossip and strained relationships in 19th century small town France. Zola captures completely the culture and essence of life in rural France to the extent you can imagine yourself transported there.

In this installment, a Rougon back in their ancestral home area of rural Provence gets messed with by a priest. Zola was an anti-clerical republican and so his priests are generally sinister figures, and so far in the series Abbe Faujas takes the sinister cake. The abbe rents a room in the farmhouse of the Mourets, a solid-ish bourgeois family into which Marthe Rougon married.