The Zola Project

For this project I’m planning to read all the novels in Emile Zola’s Rougon-Marquet cycle. I read a few before this blog was born and of course, not in the order they were published but I’m now going back to the beginning. There is some doubt about the recommended order in which to read these but I’m going to take my lead from Lisa and Dagny who are the brains behind the readingzola blog. 

I’ll add links to reviews as I make progress.

  1. The Fortune of the Rougons/ La Fortune des Rougon (1871) Read 2015
  2. His Excellency Eugene Rougon/Son Excellence Eugène Rougon (1876)
  3. The Kill/La Curée (1871-2)
  4. Money/L’Argent (1891)
  5. The Dream/Le Rêve (1888)
  6. The Conquest of Plassans/La Conquête de Plassans (1874)
  7. Pot Luck/Pot-Bouille (1882)
  8. The Ladies’ Paradise/Au Bonheur des Dames (1883)
  9. Th Sin of Father Mouret/La Faute de l’Abbé Mouret (1875)
  10. A Page of Love/Une Page d’amour (1878)
  11. The Belly of Paris/Le Ventre de Paris (1873)
  12. The Joys of Living/La Joie de Vivre (1884)
  13. The Dram Shop/L’Assommoir (1877) Read 2015
  14. The Masterpiece/L’Œuvre (1886)
  15. The Human Beast/La Bête Humaine (1890) Read approx 2002
  16. Germinal (1885) – Read approx 2000
  17. Nana (1880)
  18. The Earth/La Terre (1887)
  19. The Downfall/La Débâcle (1892)
  20. Doctor Pascal/Le Docteur Pascal (1893)

There is no target for when I will reach the end of this project. It’s meant to be  a source of enjoyment not a chore so if it takes me until I’m so frail I can no longer hold a book, well thats just the way it’s going to be….

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