Lourdes

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In this moving depiction of a pilgrimage to Lourdes, the master French realist has created a novel of vivid characters and subtle commentary on suffering and the belief in miracles as the last desperate refuge from pain. Based on his own trip to the fabled grotto, the novel follows a simple five-part structure corresponding to the five-day train trip from Paris to Lourdes and back. Zola's brilliant observational powers are at their best as he moves from character to character describing in great detail the ...

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In this moving depiction of a pilgrimage to Lourdes, the master French realist has created a novel of vivid characters and subtle commentary on suffering and the belief in miracles as the last desperate refuge from pain. Based on his own trip to the fabled grotto, the novel follows a simple five-part structure corresponding to the five-day train trip from Paris to Lourdes and back. Zola's brilliant observational powers are at their best as he moves from character to character describing in great detail the physical effects of their illnesses, their hopes, beliefs, fears, and above all endurance. The great novelist himself makes a brief appearance in the story, disguised as a skeptical reporter whose probing questions embarrass a doctor in charge of verifying the alleged miracles. In the end, amidst the tumult of emotions whipped up by religious fervor a miracle of a sort does take place, a psychosomatic cure of a woman suffering from hysterical paralysis. To a few skeptical observers in the entourage the event is a predictable natural occurrence, but to the majority of simple believers it is proof of divine intervention. In our age of televangelists and faith healers, this story has lost none of its relevance.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781175436832
  • Publisher: Nabu Press
  • Publication date: 8/16/2011
  • Pages: 812
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 1.61 (d)

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Emile Zola wurde am 2.4.1840 in Paris geboren. Sein italienischer Vater war Ingenieur, die Mutter war gebürtige Französin. Der Vater starb 1847. 1843-1858 lebte er in Aix-en-Provence. Die Mutter zog Ende 1857 nach Paris und ließ Emile im Februar 1858 nachkommen. Dort bestand er nicht das Abitur im Lycée Louis-le-Grand und arbeitete zuerst als Schreiber beim Hafenzoll, dann als freier Journalist. 1862 bekam er eine Anstellung im Verlagshaus Hachette, das er nach dem Erfolg seiner ersten beiden Bücher wieder verließ. 1898 setzte er sich mit einem Brief für die Unschuld von Dreyfus ein (J'accuse) und wurde zu Gefängnis und einer Geldstrafe verurteilt, konnte jedoch nach England entfliehen. 1899 kehrte er nach einer Amnestie zurück. Zola starb am 29.9.1902 in Paris.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    COULDN'T OPEN THE BOOK

    HARD TO REVIEW, I COULDN'T EVEN OPEN IT.

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