The Belly of Paris

The Belly of Paris

Book - 2009
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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
Branch Call Number: FIC ZOLA, EMILE
Characteristics: xxx, 328 pages (illustration) ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Kurlansky, Mark


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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."

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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