The Debacle: 1870-71

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The penultimate novel of the Rougon-Macquart cycle, La Debacle (1892) concerns the dramatic events of the Franco-Prussian War and the Commune of 1870-71. During Zola's lifetime it was the best-selling of all his novels, praised by contemporaries for its epic sweep as well as its attention to historical detail. The novel seeks to explain why the Second Empire ended in crushing military defeat and revolutionary violence. It focuses on ordinary soldiers, showing their bravery and suffering in the midst of ...
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Overview

The penultimate novel of the Rougon-Macquart cycle, La Debacle (1892) concerns the dramatic events of the Franco-Prussian War and the Commune of 1870-71. During Zola's lifetime it was the best-selling of all his novels, praised by contemporaries for its epic sweep as well as its attention to historical detail. The novel seeks to explain why the Second Empire ended in crushing military defeat and revolutionary violence. It focuses on ordinary soldiers, showing their bravery and suffering in the midst of circumstances they cannot control. Often War and Peace, La Debacle skilfully integrates the narrative of events and the fictional lives of characters to provide the finest account of this tragic chapter in French history.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140442809
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/1973
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 726,832
  • Product dimensions: 5.22 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.93 (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 October 27, 2008

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    Dark, brutal, sometimes confusing, but very interesting.

    Zola's novel of the Franco-Prussian war is as much about friendship as it is about the war. <BR/><BR/>When he focuses on the nature of the friendship between Jean and Maurice, the book is somewhat touching, a bit over-sentimental, and often rather melancholy. When he focuses on the horrors of war and the effect of this conflict on the towns, villages, and families of Sedan and the surrounding area, the book is powerful, gruesome - often with a lot of graphic detail, depressing, but ultimately enlightening. His skill at portraying both the political/intellectual and emotional states of the French people during this now-forgotten time is readily apparent.<BR/><BR/>My only criticism is that substantial portions of the book are taken up with rather dry descriptions of complex troop movements. Zola will periodically leave his characters behind and launch into one of these "overviews" in such detail that you'll need to have some good maps of north-eastern France and an encyclopedia explaining the histories of various French and Prussian generals for these segments to make any sense. <BR/><BR/>Zola was writing for an audience for whom such things were relatively common knowledge - but to a modern American the names of the relevant towns and villages and most of the generals were completely unfamiliar, and Zola doesn't really bother with trying to introduce the reader to any of them, he just assumes you know what he's talking about. Luckily there are a lot of great free resources online to help with these things.<BR/><BR/>Overall, this is a great book, though it can certainly get you down, and you'll want to have - at the very least, Google maps and Wikipedia nearby because you'll probably be looking up an awful lot of references!

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