The Fortune of the Rougons by Emile ZolaThe Fortune of the Rougons by Emile Zola

The Fortune of the Rougons

byEmile Zola

Paperback | August 1, 2012

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'He thought he could see, in a flash, the future of the Rougon-Macquart family, a pack of wild satiated appetites in the midst of a blaze of gold and blood.'Set in the fictitious Provencal town of Plassans, The Fortune of the Rougons tells the story of Silvere and Miette, two idealistic young supporters of the republican resistance to Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte's coup d'etat in December 1851. They join the woodcutters and peasants of the Var to seizecontrol of Plassans, opposed by the Bonapartist loyalists led by Silvere's uncle, Pierre Rougon. Meanwhile, the foundations of the Rougon family and its illegitimate Macquart branch are being laid in the brutal beginnings of the Imperial regime.The Fortune of the Rougons is the first in Zola's famous Rougon-Macquart series of novels. In it we learn how the two branches of the family came about, and the origins of the hereditary weaknesses passed down the generations. Murder, treachery, and greed are the keynotes, and just as the Empirewas established through violence, the 'fortune' of the Rougons is paid for in blood.
Brian Nelson is the author or editor of twelve books on aspects of modern French and European culture, including The Cambridge Companion to Emile Zola (2007). For Oxford World's Classics he has translated Zola's The Ladies' Paradise, Pot Luck, The Kill, and The Belly of Paris.
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Title:The Fortune of the RougonsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pagesPublished:August 1, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199560994

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Historically Interesting I was given this along with The Ladies' Paradise which is the basis for the PBS Television series, "The Paradise". The Fortunes of the Rougons is the first book of twenty in the Rougon-Macquart saga. It gives, I believe, a historically accurate account of the events of the time as well as providing a glimpse of how people of different classes lived. I read it mainly to preface The Ladies' Paradise and will probably not read any others in the series because it seems a little time worn.
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