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Overview

In a dingy apartment on the Passage du Pont-Neuf in Paris, Therese Raquin is trapped in a loveless marriage to her sickly cousin, Camille. The numbing tedium of her life is suddenly shattered when she embarks on a turbulent affair with her husband's earthy friend Laurent, but their animal passion for each other soon compels the lovers to commit a crime that will haunt them for ever. Therese Raquin caused a scandal when it appeared in 1867 and brought its twenty-seven-year-old author a notoriety that followed him throughout his life. Zola's novel is not only an uninhibited portrayal of adultery, madness and ghostly revenge, but also a devastating exploration of the darkest aspects of human existence.
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"I love this because it's the story of how you can't escape the inevitabilities of love and it's just a fantastic piece of writing." —Sue Perkins, Express 

 "By merging elements of the gothic and tragic with a study of petit-bourgeois banality, Zola created a work of enduring fascination." —Observer 

 "It was attacked by critics of the day as stinking filth and a foul sewer. Little wonder, then, that it became an instant bestseller and I'll admit I was completely riveted by its melodramatics from start to finish." —Daily Mail

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780948230134
  • Publisher: Theatre Communications Group
  • Publication date: 10/29/1997
  • Series: Absolute Classics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 88
  • Sales rank: 1,248,100
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

ÉMILE ZOLA (1840-1902) is the author of Les Rougon-Macquart — a cycle of 20 novels written over a period of 22 years including Nana (1880), Germinal (1885) and The Drinking Den (1877) which provides a panoramic view of life under Napoleon III. He was the leading figure in the French school of naturalistic fiction. Zola campaigned for justice over the Dreyfus affair — 'it is up to us poets to nail the guilty to the eternal pillory' — and his open letter to the President 'J'accuse' landed him a prison sentence that he evaded only through exile in England. He is buried in the Panthéon alongside Rousseau, Victor Hugo and Alexandre Dumas.

ADAM THORPE was born in Paris in 1956. His first novel, Ulverton, was published in 1992, and he has written nine others, two collections of stories and six books of poetry — most recently Voluntary. Thorpe's translation of Madame Bovary, 'stunning and heartily recommended' (Scotsman), is available in Vintage Classics. He lives in France with his wife and family.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2002

    Therese Raquin

    Written in 1867 Therese Raquin explores the world of adultery, obsession, and murder. Its protaganist is Therese, a lonely and passive young woman unhappily wed to her much older invalid cousin Camille. Her life is greatly altered when a stranger from Camille's past comes into her life: Laurent. Soon, Laurent and Therese start a passionate and obsessive relationship with each other resulting in murder, paranoia, and rage. The dark atmosphere and chilling characters described by Zola help to make a disturbing and exciting novel.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2015

    Amalia's Bio

    <p> Name: Amalia Crow Craw-Slythye </p>
    <p> Age: inbetween 6 and 13. Matters when you read this bio. </p>
    <p> Gender: Female </p
    <p> Race: Part Cra(High Elven Race), Part human(Wizard). </p>
    <p> <br> Family: Mother: Evangelyne Craw </br>
    <br> Father: Mattias Slythe </br>
    <br> Uncle(s,: Colbalt Craw (Dead) </br>
    <br> Aunt(s): None </br>
    <br> Sibling(s): None </br> </p>
    <p> Looks: Little girl with big aquamarine eyes and thick dark hair, usually kept in a braid. </p>
    <p> Clothing: Usually wears a green cloak over a black shirt and jeans. </p>
    <p> Powers: Is able to control certain elements such as Earth, Air, Ores and Ice. </p>
    <p> Gaurdian: Albacea. </p>
    <p> Other: Ask! </p>

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2015

    Herbie's bio

    Name: Herbie <br> Gender: &male (dragor) <br> Apearance: he has no horns and is either green or red, depending on whether he is attacking or healing. Instead of horns, he has many fleshy spines that form a crown on his head that he can move like fingers. Yellow eyes. <br> Family: unknown (to him) <br> History: his memory was erased. <br> Age: a bit over dragonet, but not quite draco yet. <br> Rider: none. <br> Abilities: firebreath, heal by touch (when green), damage caused by touch (when red).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2015

    Bertolt's Biography

    El se llama Bertolt Hoover. <br>
    He's 7 years old. <br>
    He's a guy. Which you might've guessed by now. <br>
    He's a hooman. <br>
    I'm lazy, sooooo. <p>
    He has dark brown curly hair, bright emerald eyes, a ruddy chubby face, and is short. For his age and in general. <br>
    He's sweet, happy, not very talkative. Very snuggly. Purposefully shuts out trauma. <br>
    Believes that Embre is his mum. <br>
    Believes that Securan is his bestie. <p>
    Ermahgersh I am lazy. <br>
    I will redo this soon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2015

    Embre's Biography

    Name -- Embre Theodora Chrysanthe <br>
    Age -- Still 17 . . . . Though her birthday's on the 1st of February. <br>
    Gender -- &female <br>
    Species -- She's pretty human, yeah. <br>
    Race[s] -- Scottish and Vietnamese. <br>
    Appearance -- <br>
    |Hair| Her hair is a dark, smooth brown. About half is in Lizzie-style ringlets that frame her face, and the rest falls in straight tresses to caress her shoulder-blades. <br>
    |Eyes| Her eyes are a cold, always stoic azure, like chips of ice, with discreet emerald specks circling her irises. <br>
    |Stature| She's pretty short, about 5'3", and is slender: Too much so, in fact. <br>
    |Apparel| That obviously depends, but she generally wears a dark cloak over some black . . . . Stuff. <br>
    |Other| She has a couple initials tattoed on her forearms: 'L.A.', 'M.A', and 'E.Y.' One of her hands is wrapped in a bulky layer of gauze, having the palm nearly burnt off. She has several recent scars, that usually aren't visible. <br>
    Persona -- She's pretty bi<_>tchy and sarcastic, but once she warms up to someone, she's nice . . . . Ish. <br>
    Crush -- . . . . Not really . . . . <br>
    Status -- Single. <br>
    'Theme' Song -- 'Angel with a Shotgun' by The Cab <br>
    Likes -- Using accents, fangirling, her multitude of fandoms, friends, pineapple . . . . Being bi<_>tchy. <br>
    Dislikes -- Lots of stuff, frankly. <p>
    If there's anything else I forgot, then screw you. <p>
    "Well, sweet Mother Teresa on the hood of a Mercedes Benz! You sound like a majestic fu<_>cking eagle!" <p>
    "You know what would work better? GOING THE FU<_>CK TO SLEEP!!" <p>
    "Well, Jolly fu<_>ckin' Ranchers, Muffin Top!!" <p>
    "Shut thy royal blowhole." <p>
    "-YOU SHRIMP DI<_>CK FU<_>CK NUGGET!!" <p>
    I don't know why I said those. Attack on Titan has ruined my life, and given it new purpose at the same time. e.e Whyyy. <p>
    There. Done. Mleeegh.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2015


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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2015

    Kane 兇 Bio

    Name_Kane<br>Gender_&male<br>Age_406 years<br>Height_65 ft<br>Length_50 ft<br>Wingspan_171 ft<br>Looks_|scales|black scales. Lighter blak muzzle and talons|Eyes|green eyes|Horns|horns like a Nightwing's horns|Spikes|spikes running down back starting at head and ending at tail tip<br>Crush_Saphira<br>Mate_Saphira<br>Dragonets_soon<br>Family_all dead<br>Friends_none<br>Enemies_acorns<br>History_...<br>Weapons_fire, wings, tail, head, horns, claws, teeth, venom<br>Siggy_ &starf&#20807 KaNE &#20807&starf<br>Personality_meet me<br>Other_ask<p>|•Kane•|

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2015

    Starling &starf Bio

    Name-Starling<p>Gender-&female<p>Age-...<p>Breed-Nightwing<p>Height-21 ft<p>Length-16 ft<p>Wingspan-60 ft<p>Looks-_Scales_black scales with scattered silver scales on the underside of her wings. A ring of silver scales on each of her ankles_Eyes_dark blue eyes with silver flecks_Horns/spikes_see picture of a Nightwing for that<p>Crush-Duskcorpse<p>Mate-Duskcorpse<p>Dragonets-soon<p>Personality-kind, gentle, caring, protective<p>Family-Duskcorpse(mate)<p>Friends-Storm, Duskcorpse, hopefully Saphira<p>Enemies-Morrowseer, thorns, pine trees(will explain)<p>Scars-several scars on her wings, each of them quite small(results of flying into a pine tree), several scars on her muzzle(results of being thrown into a rose bush when she was little)<p>Weapons-hiding in dark places, mind reading, telepathy, seeing the future, claws, fire, teeth, wings, tail, head, spikes, horns<p>Likes-darkness, fire, flying, fish, dragonets, gems<p>Dislikes-stolen fish, stolen gems, thorns, pine trees<p>Rider-none<p>Siggy- &starf&star&starfStarLinG&starf&star&starf<p>Other-ask me!<p>~Starling~

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2015

    Storm's bio

    Name--Storm<p>Age--400 years<p>Gender--&female<p>Height--40 ft<p>Length--39 ft<p>Wingspan--149 ft<p>Looks--<br>-Scales-constantly change color with mood. Usually a cam light grey. When fighting hey turn dark grey and have a white-ish yeallow lightning pattern<br>-Eyes-blue eyes<br>-Horns-two horns on back of hea that curve gently upwards<br>-Spikes-line of spikes running down her back starting at the back of her hea and ending a her tail tip<p>Mate--Kyros<p>Dragonets--Moonwatcher<p>Family--Onyx(sister), Moonwatcher(daughter), Kyros(mate), Winter(mother; deceased), Stonemover(father; deceased)<p>History--very very long<p>Likes--food, lightning, gems, Kyros, Moonwatcher, Onyx, dragonets<p>Dislikes--spiders, rain, being hungry, stolen jewels, stolen food<p>Weapons--deadly venom that melts everything living that it touches, lightning, teeth, claws, tail, wings, head, horns<p>Personality--gets gumpy pretty easily, very sensitive, protective<p>Siggy-- &starf S &star t &starf o &star r &starf m &star<p>Other--ask!<p>|~-Storm-~|

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2015

    Eveflame's Bio.

    Name Eveflame // Gender female // Spieces Rainwing skywing icewing seawing hybrid // Personality Meet me! // Appearance everything changes except for eye color. Blue eyes. // Living family Mistflame and Solarflame // Mate none but looking // crush secret. // anything but history ask.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2015

    Saphira bio

    Name :: Saphira<p>Gender :: &female<p>Age :: 405 years<p>Height :: 63 ft tall<p>Length :: 49 ft<p>Wingspan :: 169 ft<p>Looks ::<br>_Scales_sapphire blue and white muzzle and talons<br>_Eyes_blue<br>_Horns_two horns on back of head<br>_Spikes_line of spikes running down her back starting at the back of her head and ending at her tail tip<br>_Other body features_has a feathery tail tip<p>Crush :: none<p>Mate :: none<p>Dragonets :: none<p>Friends :: none<p>Enemies :: Shruikan, squirrels, eels<p>Likes :: food, gems, dragonets, dead squirrels, sapphires, flame, flying<p>Dislikes :: stolen food, stolen gems, alive squirrels, rubies<p>Weapons :: fire, wings, teeth, claws, tail, head, horns<p>Rider :: none<p>Personality :: kind, caring, protective, very angry when provoked, wont back down from a fight<p>Family :: dead<p>History :: too long to type<p>Other :: just ask me<p>Siggy :: &starf&#20807SaphIrA&#20807&starf<p>|~Saphira~|

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2014

    Embre's Biography

    Name - Embre Theodora Chrysanth<_>&#283<_>. <br>
    Nicknames[s] - Embre, Em, Bree, Theo, Dora the Explora, Just-Dora, Chrys, etc. Pretty much anything you can conjure up works for her. <br>
    Age - Aye . . . . Around 17-ish. <br>
    Species - Human. <br>
    Appearance <br>
    Em isn't someone people tend to notice. With curly, chocolatey hair, dimmed lapis lazuli eyes, a slim figure, and black clothing, she's the epitome of hidden. The only thing that draws attention to her is the little tiara randomly plopped on top of her curls, befit with polished chunks of sapphire and emerald. <br>
    Persona - Figger it out yerself. <br>
    History - Em came here from her curious wanderings. She travelled the world, or the parts of it she could reach. Yemen, Vietnam, Italy, Turkey, they all were explored thoroughly by herself. She loves adventure. <br>
    Other - She loves accents most of all. No one knows her normal voice, because she's always speaking in a Scottish acent or something. Whether it be Italian, Scottish, German, British, or something random, she is /never/ without an accent. <br>
    Dragon Bond - That's a no. <br>
    Friends - Noooope. <br>
    Crush - o-o Leave me alooooonnne. <br>
    Relationship Status - *le sigh* Absolutely nothing. If this is a scale from 0 to 10, 0 being liking no one in a romantic way, and 10 being ultimate romance with marriage and stuff, then she is -2. Seriously. <br>
    Favorite Song - Ehh . . . . . 'Angel With A Shotgun' by Nightcore or 'I'm Awesome' by Spose. <br>
    RPer - None other than Lin &#9788<_>!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2015

    Ikno and Tierra's bio

    Name-- Ikno.
    <p> Gender-- Male.
    <p> Age-- Around 25 years or so. Very young.
    <p> Eyes-- Amber.
    <p> Scales-- A dark black.
    <p> Horn(s)-- Ikno has two horns on either the side of his head.
    <p> Spikes-- A trail of long and sharp spikes running from his head to his tail tip, growing smaller as they go.
    <p> Height-- About 20 feet tall, not very big, but strong.
    <p> Personality-- Depends on the day.
    <p> Rider-- Tierra.
    <p> Mate-- R.I.P.
    <p> History-- Long.
    <p>
    <p> Name-- Tierra.
    <p> Gender-- Female.
    <p> Age-- 24 years old.
    <p> Body/Skin-- Skinny but lean body shape, slightly tanned skin with pale scars running from her hands to her elbows. A large scar across her knuckles on her right hand.
    <p> Height-- Five foot three inches.
    <p> Personality-- Depends on the day.
    <p> Eyes-- A bright green.
    <p> Hair-- A dark chestnut brown. About to her waist. Usually in a braid.
    <p> Clothes-- A light tunic with dark brown pants tucked into shin-high boots. A simple green cloak with a hood. A silver bracelet worn on her right wrist.
    <p> Weapon-- A silver hunting dagger.
    <p> Dragon-- Ikno.
    <p> Crush-- Nope. And probably never. Not since Rex...
    <p> History-- Long.
    <p> Other-- Ask.
    <p> RPer-- Sergeant Rainbowz!
    <p> ~Note from RPer-- I've have had Ikno and Tierra for original characters for about four-ish years. Man. I need a life. ~

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2014

    Frozen's Bio

    Name~Frozen <p> Age~A younger mature dragon <p> Breed~Ice Dragon <p> Appearance~Silvery light blue and has icy blue under her wings. She had blue spike that look like icycles on the edgeo her wings with icy blue eyes <p> Crush/Mate/Baby~No to al

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2014

    Demon's bio

    Name: Demon <p> Gender: female <p> Apearance: she is tiny, and completely black with bat-like wings and dark purple eyes that have no pupil. The majority of her body is like a ghost, and she floats in a way, front legs only apearing once in a while. She has no horns and her wings don't really flap, she just floats around and is very quiet and very quick. Look up 'demon from teen titans go' on google images. Imagine that but waaay smaller. <p> Personality: she is shy and afraid, hates to fight, and is usually quiet. She is very good with medicine and herbs. <p> Family: this character was given to me, not made up, so she does have a family. A mother, a father, and an aunt. You will have to figure it out yourself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2014

    Drakon's Bio

    Name;Drakon<br>
    Gender:Male<br>
    Age;Mature<br>
    Apperence:A massive pure white dragon with rippling muscles but is swift to strike.<br>
    Personality;Meet him<br>
    Rider:Good luck with that one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2014

    Robyn's Bio

    Name>>Robina. But preferrs Robyn.<p>Age>>16 years.<p>Gender>>A Girl, doy!! *slaps you with a fish*<p>Looks, 5"2', so really short. Long black hair that reaches down her back a good distance. Sparkly green eyes. Usually wears a hoodie and jeans, but will settle for tank tops and capris.<p>Past>>She left her orphanage to come live here. Other than that, not a lot.<p>Personality>>Meet her!!<p>Powers>>That would be teeeeling...<p>Relationship>>None! Single!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2014

    Ignis's Bio

    Name :: Ignis
    <br>
    Age :: Ancient
    <br>
    Gender :: &male
    <br>
    Appearance ::
    <br>
    -Scales- Scarlet red scales, like lifeblood in the night. Around his muzzle, tail tip, wing tips, and paws, his scales are like the brightest diamonds, fading with age.
    <br>
    -Eyes- Golden.
    <br>
    -Appendages- He has a crown of chipped black horns. A pair of blunt horns sprout from his lower jaw. His claws are black, as well; his wingtips have claws.
    <br>
    -Wingspan- 60 ft.
    <br>
    -Length- 56 ft. His tail accounts for about half of his length.
    <br>
    Other :: He has many tales to tell. . .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2014

    Blackfeather's Bio

    Name :: Blackfeather, nicknamed Siren.
    <br>
    Age :: Um. . .
    <br>
    Gender :: &female
    <br>
    Species :: A mix of a feathered dragon and a shadow dragon.
    <br>
    Rider :: Nope.
    <br>
    Appearance ::
    <br>
    -Scales- Iridescent black-green, painful if rubbed the wrong way.
    <br>
    -Eyes- Emerald green, burning like a fire, small red/orange half-scale-half-feathers dotting her brow.
    <br>
    -Wings- Long, black feathered, the feathers smoothing into shadows at the tips. The center of her primaries is scarlet, bleeding out of the top.
    <br>
    -Appendages- She has large, curling ram horns and four curved claws on each foot. Her tail is a spiked ball at the end. Small horns crest her lower jawline.
    <br>
    -Breath- She can blow green flames abd sing an enchanting song, hints the nickname "Siren."
    <be>
    Crush :: . . .
    <br>
    Friends :: . . .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2014

    Guliä's Bio

    Name :: Guili&#228, which means "Luck" in the Ancient Language.
    <br>
    Age :: Mature
    <br>
    Gender :: &female
    <br>
    Rider :: Don't even go there. . .
    <br>
    Appearance ::
    <br>
    -Scale Color- Bright blue.
    <br>
    -Eye Color- Sapphire blue.
    <br>
    -Other Features- Spiny ears and long horns on her forehead. Her muzzle is sharp and pointed.
    <br>
    Persona :: Eh. . .
    <br>
    Other :: Ask.

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