Germinal by Emile ZolaGerminal by Emile Zola


byEmile ZolaTranslated byRoger PearsonIntroduction byRoger Pearson

Paperback | May 25, 2004

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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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  • Includes introduction, suggestions for further reading, filmography, chronology, explanatory notes, and glossary

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.
Title:GerminalFormat:PaperbackDimensions:592 pages, 7.8 × 5.1 × 1.05 inPublished:May 25, 2004Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0140447423

ISBN - 13:9780140447422

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Germinal is an excellent novel looking into 19th century class struggle, very well written!
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Accidentally found this book at work! I am a true Zola fan since I've read Germinal. Definitely one of the best in the Les Rougon-Macquart series. As dry as the subject matter is, I find myself re-reading this novel every few years. Highly recommended!! #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from NO I'm just not a fan of Zola, the story is long, there's so much description and so many repetitions in the story, I only finished it cause I had to for a class . . not my type of classic
Date published: 2016-11-18

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“[Germinal] made me realize that when books are considered ‘classics,’ most of the time they’re actually very readable and exciting.” —Daniel Radcliffe