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3.11 out of 53.11 out of 53.11 out of 53.11 out of 53.11 out of 5 3.11 (9 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Emile Zola Narrator: Walter Zimmerman Publisher: Jimcin Recordings Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2005 ISBN:
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Emile Zola, along with fellow novelists Honoré de Balzac and Gustave Flaubert, was an early realist in French literature. In novels such as Flaubert's Madame Bovary and Zola's Nana, sex and violence were examined with vivid clarity. These realists soon adopted the word naturalism to describe their writings.

Zola's novels were attacked and even banned for their frankness and sordid detail, causing quite a bit of controversy in their day, with their strong emphasis on the unpleasant and unglamorous side of life. The underbelly of 19th century life was a theme for several of its authors, notably Dickens in English. Because of its film versions (which are considerably toned down) and its controversial subject matter, Nana is Zola's best known novel. It is the story of a prostitute in Paris just before the Franco-Prussian War of 1870. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nana' | 2/27/2011

    " what can I say? a whore named nana brings men to their knees then dies of syphilis. awesome!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stargazer | 1/12/2011

    " Really good book, I read cos my aunt was a character in it, but it was too realistic and therefore depressing. A French librarian told me, 'You read Shakespeare here at school, we read Zola.' I can see why. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 12/19/2010

    " Can't really remember what I thought of this book at the time I read it - over 40 years ago and still naive 20-something idealist. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Maria | 12/17/2010

    " Zola is a fraud. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily L. | 12/10/2010

    " This is one of my very favorite books of all time... Which is saying a lot. I just fell in love with this story, the city, the characters I love a good romantic tragedy though, to be sure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 La Chipie | 11/25/2010

    " Où la fille de Gervaise tente de survivre et de gravir les échelons grâce à sa beauté... pour le payer bien cher au final. C'est du Zola, donc déprimant, réaliste et laissant peu de place à l'espoir et à la rédemption. Mais c'est toujours aussi bien écrit, aussi prenant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Riana Elizabeth Spencer | 11/16/2010

    " Sexual theatre exploits during the period of the Parisian World's Fair. ;-) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mimi | 9/5/2010

    " Mein Favorit aus meiner Kindheit!!! TOP! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Traveller | 8/22/2010

    " I hated this novel for it's rank offensively aggressive mysogynism and it's sanctimonious preaching.

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