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Earth
By Emile Zola

The Earth

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Earth by Emile Zola

Book Description

When Jean Macquart arrives in the peasant community of Beauce, where farmers have worked the same land for generations, he quickly finds himself involved in the corrupt affairs of the local Fouan family. Aging and Lear-like, Old Man Fouan has decided to divide his land between his three children: his penny-pinching daughter Fanny, his eldest son - a far from holy figure known as Jesus Christ' - and the lecherous Buteau, Macquart's friend. But, in a community where land is everything, sibling rivalry quickly turns to brutal hatred, as Buteau declares himself unsatisfied with his lot. Part of the vast Rougon-Macquart cycle, "The Earth" was regarded by Zola as his greatest novel. A fascinating portrayal of a struggling but decadent community, it offers a compelling exploration of the destructive nature of human ignorance and greed.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780140443875
ISBN-10: 0140443878
Format: Paperback
(199mm x 137mm x 31mm)
Pages: 512
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 26-Jun-1980
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Reviews

UK Kirkus Review » The heroine of Zola's favourite novel is Mother Earth herself and the book is the famous 'living poem of the Earth' he wished to write. In an inversion of the King Lear plot, Fauan, an old peasant, divides his land between his three children, stipulating they must all pay him a pension. Hounded out by his children, suffering the extremities of the elements, he is eventually murdered by his son and daughter-in-law. But Fauan is no Lear and this is not a tragedy. The characters are of the land; their existence is a necessary bondage to the Earth, where everything is as it ought to be; the cycle of the seasons and their agricultural counterpart are in harmony, whatever human misfortunes are played out upon the surface. (Kirkus UK)


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Author Biography - Emile Zola

Emile Zola (1840-1902) was a French novelist and critic, the founder of the Naturalist movement in literature. Among Zola's most important works is his famous Rougon-Macquart cycle (1871-1893), which included such novels as L'Assomoir (1877), about the suffering of the Parisian working-class, Nana (1880), dealing with prostitution, and Germinal (1885). Translated with an introduction by Douglas Parmee

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