Way back in February, I set myself a challenge. I decided that I was going to read all of the books in the Rougon-Macquart series by Émile Zola. That’s twenty books of nineteenth century French literature.
And I did it!
I had already read the first three: La Fortune des Rougon, La Curée and Le Ventre de Paris so it was easy enough to re-read them and then I continued at a pace of two books a month. I read the Oxford World Classics translations because they are the most up to date and complete collection that I could find. The only one missing was the final book, Doctor Pascal so I had to read a nineteenth century translation and I have no idea how good that is. I don’t tend to trust nineteenth century translations because they have the tendency to cut out anything considered unseemly.
This isn’t going to be a review because completely reviewing twenty books in one post is just utter madness. I just want to write about the things I like and the things I didn’t like.
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