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Therese Raquin

Therese Raquin by Émile Zola
By: (1840-1902)

Thérèse Raquin is a dark and intense novel that delves deeply into the themes of passion, desire, and the consequences of repressed emotions. Set in 19th century France, the story follows the life of Thérèse, a young woman trapped in a loveless marriage with her sickly cousin Camille. As Thérèse becomes increasingly disillusioned with her life, she embarks on a passionate affair with Laurent, a family friend. What starts as a forbidden romance quickly spirals out of control, leading to a series of tragic events that ultimately culminate in a shocking and devastating conclusion.

Émile Zola's vivid and evocative writing brings the characters and settings to life, drawing the reader into the claustrophobic world of Thérèse and Laurent. The author explores the complexities of human nature, portraying his characters as flawed and deeply flawed individuals driven by their own desires and impulses. Thérèse Raquin is a gripping and thought-provoking read that challenges the reader to confront uncomfortable truths about human relationships and the destructive power of unchecked passion. Overall, this novel is a compelling and haunting exploration of the darker aspects of human nature, making it a must-read for fans of classic literature.

Book Description:
An unsatisfied wife kills her weak husband in order to carry on a sordid affair with another man. However, her selfish plans are spoiled when her husband continues to haunt her. This is often said to be Zola's first great novel.

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Reviews (Rated: 3 Stars - 2 reviews)

Reviewer: - December 3, 2012
I'm so frustrated with the reading of chapter 2. The person reads as if they didn't know the meaning of any of the words. Lucky the other chapters have different readers.
Reviewer: - December 3, 2012
Arggghhhh ridiculous reading!!!

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