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Old 12-04-2010, 07:04 AM   #1
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Zola's Germinal

Stumbled across this book recently and was stunned by its descriptions of the poor mining classes in France. A gritty novel - I imagine, Zola, was one of the pioneeers of this kind of 'realism' in novels. Currently reading it and thoroughly recommend it.
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I hate realism

You will probably like Middlemarch too. Only realist novel I really like.
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Oh my God! Germinal!

I remember that one from the high school. It is really gritty novel.

If you like that one you should try some of his other novels: Nana and Thérèse Raquin.

Both are very good.
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I hate realism

You will probably like Middlemarch too. Only realist novel I really like.
Not sure, Middlemarch appeals. I'm not a particular fan of realism, but Zola's descriptions are really outstanding - how he makes beauty out of such a miserable situation.

In my own writing, I guess I stray from realism with fantastical elements - I like to try to fuse both. It's difficult though.
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Oh my God! Germinal!

I remember that one from the high school. It is really gritty novel.

If you like that one you should try some of his other novels: Nana and Thérèse Raquin.

Both are very good.
I went to see Therese Raquin at the National Theatre in London. Very good adaptation.
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