The Belly of Paris [NOOK Book]

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Florent Quenu returns to Paris after being unjustly imprisoned and finds the city utterly changed. The great new food market, Les Halles, has been built, and food dominates the political and social life of the capital. The third in Zola's Rougon-Macquart series, The Belly of Paris appears in a vibrant new translation. - ;'Respectable people... What bastards!'

Unjustly deported to Devil's Island following Louis-Napoleon's coup-d'--eacute--;tat ...
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Overview

Florent Quenu returns to Paris after being unjustly imprisoned and finds the city utterly changed. The great new food market, Les Halles, has been built, and food dominates the political and social life of the capital. The third in Zola's Rougon-Macquart series, The Belly of Paris appears in a vibrant new translation. - ;'Respectable people... What bastards!'

Unjustly deported to Devil's Island following Louis-Napoleon's coup-d'--eacute--;tat in December 1851, Florent Quenu escapes and returns to Paris. He finds the city changed beyond recognition. The old March--eacute--; des Innocents has been knocked down as part of Haussmann's grand programme of urban reconstruction to make way for Les Halles, the spectacular new food markets. Disgusted by a bourgeois society whose devotion to food is inseparable from its devotion to the Government, Florent
attempts an insurrection. Les Halles, apocalyptic and destructive, play an active role in Zola's picture of a world in which food and the injustice of society are inextricably linked.

The Belly of Paris (Le Ventre de Paris) is the third volume in Zola's famous cycle of twenty novels, Les Rougon-Macquart. It introduces the painter Claude Lantier and in its satirical representation of the bourgeoisie and capitalism complements Zola's other great novels of social conflict and urban poverty. -
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The Belly of Paris is Les Halles centrales, the enormous (21-acre) market complex built by Baron Haussmann in the 1850s. Into it flowed great rivers of vegetables, cheeses, butter, fish and meats, and out of it sewers of blood and putrefaction. In this third volume of the Rougon-Macquart series, available in the U.S. for the first time, Zola describes both with typical hypnotic exhaustiveness. Escaping from undeserved exile on Devils Island, the starving quondam scholar Florent finds the markets occasionally seductive but more often repellent. From the moment he arrives, he is caught in what his friend the artist Claude Lantier (from La Confession de Claude) calls the Battle of the Fat and the Thin being waged between the well-fed, self-satisfied petty burghers and the hungry, envious lower classes. The Fat surround Florent-his half-brother, an unimaginative pork-butcher and his conventionally moral wife (the daughter of Antoine Macquart); the fishwives whom he monitors; local shopkeepers-and all look at him suspiciously for his failure to settle into a bourgeois existence. Not that the Thin-the neighborhood gossip, the markets' weekend revolutionaries-don't cause Florent just as much trouble. Neither bitter nor complacent, Florent is an irritation that the markets tacitly move to dislodge. One of Zola's own favorites, La Ventre de Paris is a brilliant exposition of one man's fragmentation and an often painful indictment of those who live innocent of infamy or praise. (Feb.)
Library Journal
In Zola's 1873 tale, an escaped prisoner hiding out in Paris becomes entangled with a group of Socialists.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780191604874
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, UK
  • Publication date: 11/8/2007
  • Series: Oxford World's Classics Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 745,813
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Brian Nelson is Professor of French Studies, Monash University, in Melbourne, Australia.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2011

    Probably an interesting read...

    but i was hoping to be able to read a sample of the NOVEL, not just a sample of the introduction to the novel. The intro was filled with interesting background info on Zola but I was more interested in a sample of his writing style. Very disappointed no one thought to include even the opening paragraph.

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  • Posted May 15, 2009

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    A delight

    Given, this is not my typical type of book, but I was quite enthralled once I began reading. The text reads as beautiful as poetry, yet without quite as many metaphors. I can't tell you about the plot, you have to read it for yourself. Just trust me when I say you'll not only love the book, you'll find a piece of yourself in it.

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