The Belly of Paris

The Belly of Paris

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In this novel the author chooses as his locale the newly built food markets of Paris. Into this extravagance of food -- which Zola describes in set pieces that wet the tongue, excite the ear, and stir up the belly -- he places his young hero, the half-starved Florent, who has just escaped imprisonment in Cayenne. Florent finds himself at odds with a world he now knows is unjust. Gradually he takes up with the local Socialists, who are more at home in bars than on the revolutionary streets.
Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 2009.
Edition: Modern Library edition.
ISBN: 9780812974225
0812974220
Branch Call Number: FIC ZOLA, EMILE
Characteristics: xxx, 328 pages (illustration) ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Kurlansky, Mark

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lukasevansherman
Mar 30, 2015

"Zola researched his books much as though he were a journalist writing nonfiction."-from the introduction by Mark Kurlansky
The prolific French novelist Emile Zola, whose major work was a series of interconnected novels called the Rougon-Macquart saga (similar to Balzac's Human Comedy). Like his predecessor Balzac, Zola strove for a greater realism in the novel and explored the external forces (economic, political, social, religious) that shape characters' lives. "The Belly of Paris" is set in a Parisian food market and its theme of "the fat and the thin" (rich and poor) still resonates today. Translated and introduced by Mark Kurlanksy, the author of "Cod" and "Salt."

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Lanny213
Jul 20, 2011

What an introduction to Paris! Quite a different world than today; an education for me for sure. The book contains a terrific glossary. Like all books I found the first half slow going as all the characters and plot was set up; the last half when much quicker.

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