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Jolly Parisiennes and Other Novelettes

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Jolly Parisiennes and Other Novelettes by Émile Zola is a collection of short stories that provide a glimpse into the lives of women in 19th century Paris. Zola's vivid descriptions and compelling characters draw the reader in, making each story a captivating and immersive experience.

The stories explore themes of love, betrayal, and societal expectations, offering a nuanced depiction of the complexities of human relationships. Zola's writing is both evocative and insightful, shedding light on the struggles and triumphs of women in a rapidly changing world.

Overall, Jolly Parisiennes and Other Novelettes is a thought-provoking and engaging collection that showcases Zola's talent for capturing the essence of human emotion. Fans of classic literature and historical fiction will undoubtedly enjoy this timeless work.

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“The Jolly Parisiennes” by Émile Zola is a very clever, brilliant and interesting romance of a “grande passion” with an undercurrent of political intrigue. The plot is ingenious both in conception and execution, while the tone of the novel is exceedingly bright and vivacious. A peculiar phase of Parisian society is most agreeably dealt with. The heroines, Louise Neigeon and Berthe Gaucheraud, are very jolly ladies indeed, but they never forget that they are ladies, even in their merriest and most eccentric moods. They are handsome, graceful and captivating, tempering their seeming recklessness with the refinement of education and luxury. No wonder the young provincial hero, George de Vaugelade, was bewildered in their society and utterly lost his head. The other characters are a Countess with well-attended receptions; Felix Budin, a rather blasé young Parisian; Gaucheraud, a fat politician; and Monsieur Neigeon, a shadowy Deputy. “The Jolly Parisiennes” is a novel that everybody will read and relish. Several other novelettes by Zola are also in the volume. They are in the genuine Zola style, strong and interesting every one of them. - Summary by the Publisher

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