The Fortune Of The Rougons

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The book’s stirring opening happens on the eve of the coup d'état, involving an idealistic young village couple joining up with the republican militia in the middle of the night. Zola then spends the next few chapters flashing back in time to pre-Revolutionary Provence. We are then introduced to the eccentric heroine Adelaide Fouque, later known as “Tante Dide,” becomes the common ancestor for both the Rougon and Macquart families. Her legitimate son from her short marriage to her late husband, is forced to grow ...
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The Fortune of the Rougons : (La Fortune des Rougon)

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The book’s stirring opening happens on the eve of the coup d'état, involving an idealistic young village couple joining up with the republican militia in the middle of the night. Zola then spends the next few chapters flashing back in time to pre-Revolutionary Provence. We are then introduced to the eccentric heroine Adelaide Fouque, later known as “Tante Dide,” becomes the common ancestor for both the Rougon and Macquart families. Her legitimate son from her short marriage to her late husband, is forced to grow up alongside two illegitimate children, from Dide’s later romance with the smuggler, poacher, and alcoholic Macquart.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780982957967
  • Publisher: The Emile Zola Society
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Pages: 316
  • Product dimensions: 0.71 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2005

    The Rougon-Macquart's first book

    The idyll of Miette and Silvère is a very touching one, and quite in accord with the conditions of life prevailing in Provence at the period M. Zola selects for his narrative. Miette is a frank child of nature; Silvère, her lover, in certain respects foreshadows, a quar-ter of a century in advance, the Abbé Pierre Fromont of Lourdes, Rome, and Paris... 'The Fortune of the Rougons' is the initial volume of the 'Rougon-Macquart' series. Though it was by no means M. Zola's first essay in fiction, it was undoubtedly his first great bid for genuine literary fame, and the foundation of what must necessarily be regarded as his life-work. The idea of writing 'the natural and social history of a family under the Second Empire,' extending to a score of volumes, was doubtless suggested to M. Zola by Balzac's immortal 'Comédie Humaine.' He was twenty-eight years of age when this idea first occurred to him; he was fifty-three when he at last sent the manuscript of his concluding volume, 'Dr. Pascal,' to the press. He had spent five-and-twenty years in working out his scheme, persevering with it doggedly and stubbornly, whatever rebuffs he might encounter, whatever jeers and whatever insults might be directed against him by the ignorant, the prejudiced, and the hypocritical. Truth was on the march and nothing could stay it...

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