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Posted June 11, 2012
I found this book to be one of Zola's most tedious and tiresome. Of course, I am a Trollope lover, and maybe that is what accounts for my rather negative review. I will not go through the story. That has been told. I found the book crammed with scenes of large crowds -- at the dinners and salons, at the theatre, at the racetrack-- dozens of miscellaneous characters chattering away, frivolous conversations of meaningless nonsense. And most of these characters were irrelevant. None of them were developed as characters you could understand or recognize nor were they central to the plot. It all became so uninteresting, all this small talk and nonsense. Even the main characters are not very developed--in the sense that Trollope would explain them and work with them until you could understand them thoroughly. Immediately, I understood that Nana was a man-eater out for riches and glory. And that's it. She uses all her men and goes from one to the other -- whoever offers her the most. Then she dies. All very trite and tiresome. I also became bored with the excessive detail Zola goes through describing things and places. I love physical and psychological descriptions of the characters, but to go on for pages and pages over Nana's bedroom or backstage in the theatre, I found, again, tiresome. In fact, I couldn't wait for the book to end! I was watching the movie at the same time, and felt exactly the same. The movie was as uninteresting as the book! I've seen and heard it all before.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.