The Belly of Paris

The Belly of Paris

Le Ventre De Paris

eBook - 2007
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Au milieu du grand silence, et dans le désert de l'avenue, les voitures de maraîchers montaient vers Paris, avec les cahots rythmés de leurs roues, dont les échos battaient les façades des maisons, endormies aux deux bords, derrière les lignes confuses des ormes. Un tombereau de choux et un tombereau de pois, au pont de Neuilly, s'étaient joints aux huit voitures de navets et de carottes qui descendaient de Nanterre ; et les chevaux allaient tout seuls, la tête basse, de leur allure continue et paresseuse, que la montée ralentissait encore
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, c2007.
ISBN: 9781412186322
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Alternative Title: Ventre de Paris

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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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