Germinal (Penguin Classics)

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The thirteenth novel in ?mile 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 ...

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Overview

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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140447422
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/25/2004
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 592
  • Sales rank: 471,205
  • Product dimensions: 5.22 (w) x 7.89 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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  • Posted March 24, 2009

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    Recommended 100%

    This book is incredibly engrossing, and I have never been filled with so much suspense.

    Emile Zola was able to produce a phenomenal storyline which provides the reader with an excellent perception of what life would have been like for a coal-miner in the 19th century. Although the story focuses in particular on one struggling family, you are also given a broad scope of the small mining village in which they live.

    When reading this book be prepared to become completely enmeshed!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2006

    A powerfull Work

    This is a brilliant story of life through the eyes of an 19th century French coal miner. This book gives insight into the lives of people who came before us, it also plays on the subtleties of human nature and character. This is a profound take on love life and power. It plays on what we are and the society that we live in. This work transends time and even gives insight into the times we live in.

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