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the pain of remorse is the most difficult punishment for a person to live with Usually when I review a book I try to allot the stars not by the audiobook s narration but by the author s words and content With this book I am awarding four stars but it is partially due to Kate Winslet s fantastic narration She is as you must know a famous actress I strongly believe I would never have been able to imagine the words with the terror and emotion evoked through her reading She does a fantastic job In addition, I would have been furious if at every mention of Camille s name i Usually when I review a book I try to allot the stars not by the audiobook s narration but by the author s words and content With this book I am awarding four stars but it is partially due to Kate Winslet s fantastic narration She is as you must know a famous actress I strongly believe I would never have been able to imagine the words with the terror and emotion evoked through her reading She does a fantastic job In addition, I would have been furious if at every mention of Camille s name it had been improperly pronounced All the French streets and terms are spot on this is an important part of drawing the downtrodden life in the poorer, less affluent areas of Paris where the story unfolds in the latter 1800s You are told in the book description that Laurent and Th r se kill Camille, Th r se s husband and cousin It is what happens afterwards that constitutes the true story This is a psychological drama, not a murder mystery It is suspenseful, creepy and horrifying Are you listening It is horrifying At least when it is read by Kate Winslet She notches up the suspense, the creepiness and the horror until you are sitting on the very edge of your seat I haven t read a horror book in years this has given me a good dose, enough to last for at least the next ten years In the book description we are also told that Zola dispassionately dissects the motivations of his characters mere human beasts , who kill in order to satisfy their lust I disagree there is nothing dispassionate about this book It is all about emotions and passions, and please note the end of that sentence I quoted It speaks of humans behaving as beasts, filled with lust Now that gives the proper feeling of the book So read this book if you want a moving study of human emotions, of fear and guilt and what propels some of us to behave feverishly and crazily Being a horror story, I at the same time find it a bit exaggerated Not everybody behaves like this, but you get so pulled into the tension that you feel the agony of their guilt And what about punishment That is another question delved into What is the worst punishment that we allot ourselves or that forced upon us by others Violence and abuse, which is harsher, the physical or the psychological I have read this is also a study of people with different temperaments This didn t work for me Th r se s aunt, Camille s mother, is drawn as a sweet loving mother, but I see her as calculating Laurent s temperament is clear He is, at first at least, careful and prudent He is calculating and egotistical, avaricious, just plain wicked Th r se, she is drawn as a passionate figure, and yet at the same time devious and secretive Putting together those two characteristics does not work for me Usually emotional, passionate people simply cannot hide what they are thinking or feeling Perhaps under the stress of her evil deed she searches everywhere for absolution and escape You have to read the story to see where it ends I do recommend it, but listen to the audiobook version narrated by Kate Winslet @Kindle ï Thérèse Raquin ⚛ Madame Raquin, una vecchia merciaia, si trasferisce a Parigi con il figlio Camillo e la nipote Teresa, da poco sposati Il marito fa conoscere a Teresa il giovane Lorenzo, il quale, intuito il temperamento passionale e l infelicit coniugale della donna, la seduce e ne diviene l amante Ma tra i due s insinua l idea del delitto che porter alla morte di Camillo I rimorsi e i sensi di colpa, distruggeranno l esistenza dei due colpevoli che non troveranno pace fino alla morte Smiling Realising the inappropriate reaction to my second reading of Zola s early duel with murderous passion, I try to look concerned or appalled or just plain disgusted, like his contemporary audience In his preface, he complains about the critics hating the novel for all the wrong reasons And now I begin to think I might be loving it for all the wrong reasons instead.Zola claims to have looked at the strong and passionate reaction of two lovers killing an inconvenient husband with the eyes Smiling Realising the inappropriate reaction to my second reading of Zola s early duel with murderous passion, I try to look concerned or appalled or just plain disgusted, like his contemporary audience In his preface, he complains about the critics hating the novel for all the wrong reasons And now I begin to think I might be loving it for all the wrong reasons instead.Zola claims to have looked at the strong and passionate reaction of two lovers killing an inconvenient husband with the eyes of a medical doctor, objectively describing their brutal behaviour and their lack of ethical responses the way they naturally are, guided purely by their flesh, their corporal desires J ai simplement fait sur deux corps vivants ce que les chirurgiens font sur les cadavres He bitterly rejects the critics who denounce the characters depravation without understanding why the author chose to show them like that All very well I was prepared for a naturalistic analysis of murderers and their sexual motives, and a dull description of a non existent conscience But just like I wasn t prepared for the wildness of Wuthering Heights when I reread it recently, I wasn t expecting the ghost story that Zola tries to sell as a serious case study either Laurent, the lover of Th r se, kills her husband Camille in order to enjoy the convenience of a legal sex life and a comfortable financial status While pushing the resisting friend into a river from a boat, he receives a bite on his neck, which remains as a scar and a bite of conscience ein Gewissensbiss it is quite literally in German.Instead of living happily ever after the perfect crime, the lovers turned spouses spiral into grotesque madness and evil, suffering through their lives with the image of the victim, before engaging in a final danse macabre in front of the murdered Camille s paralysed mother In death, they unite with Camille through the touch of the scar.All very Gothic, all very dramatic, all very symbolic All very realistic Nah Despite himself, Zola created an almost religious morality tale of crime and punishment He took away god from the equation, and put the human body in its place, but the result is the same the impossibility to shake off sin and to live calmly with a bad conscience, be it located in body or soul In a way, his draconian writer ego is harsher than most deities, and he strikes his characters where it hurts most he makes them impotent and incapable of pleasure.So Zola, my dear friend, I apologise for liking your story for the wrong reasons, and for smiling at your defence of naturalism in this tragedy in several acts, leaving all protagonists dead by murder or suicide in the final showdown on stage.Recommended probably for the wrong reasons Somewhere within the spectrum occupied by anything from Romeo and Juliet to Tromeo and Juliet, there is a well trodden path full of whispers, whimpers and piercing screams about the miseries of the love process Whether you are tragically in love with your enemy s hottie boomdottie tween daughter or banging your best friend s girlfriend in an alleyway behind a bar all 2 minute meal style, Jonathan Richman had it almost exactly right when he explained to his soon to be adoring fans that true l Somewhere within the spectrum occupied by anything from Romeo and Juliet to Tromeo and Juliet, there is a well trodden path full of whispers, whimpers and piercing screams about the miseries of the love process Whether you are tragically in love with your enemy s hottie boomdottie tween daughter or banging your best friend s girlfriend in an alleyway behind a bar all 2 minute meal style, Jonathan Richman had it almost exactly right when he explained to his soon to be adoring fans that true love is not nice As an afterthought to Johnny Boy s sage words, I would like to extend that lyric to include the concept of true lust Because there is sadly,often that not, though not ideally a difference True Lust in the sense that I am speaking of is an extension of infatuation, a sudden amorous obsession for another person fueled by the fact that your feelings for this individual and the ensuing gropings and fornication sessions are wrong, dirty, hedonistic, secret, crass, selfish, and therefore exciting People become bogged down by their lives, relationships go stale, the same old somebody starts to feel like a fly to shoo away, and you start cocking your head sideways in search of something someone new to serve as a sort of febreeze bottle for your life, your sense of self satisfaction, and your general feelings of self worth Someone to fill the hole in your heart that really needs to be addressed by serious inner dialogue rather than things like serial monogamy, cheating, hoeing around and the like Unfortunately, we self obsessed, naive, give it to me now modern folks tend to take the easy way out, and so we spread our legs and pray for a miracle, regardless of who and what we may leave in the dust behind us We direct our own issues toward another individual, projecting our pain onto them as if they are going to absorb it like a sponge, ring it out, and make it all wash away 1, 2, 3 With the exception of a few well known cases of controversial love gone right June and Johnny, John and Yoko, etc , what generally happens despite our best efforts to combat it is the wind eventually shifts and the dirt flies back in our faces anywayand usually with increased density Oftentimes, the real killer is the guilt Trust me when I say that sowing romance in the soil of controversy is like watering your seeds with lava Well, this is a story about all that, however it is presented through a drastically heightened plot line You know, the old I don t want to give up the money but I want to keep having sex with you all the time and my husband is really just in proper cock blocking form about the whole thing, so obviously our only option is to kill him prickly pickly conundrum Before you get angry at me for spoiling the story, however, keep in mind that this is only the beginning of what transpires Rather than wasting precious page space on the elaborate thought process leading up to this cold blooded murder, Zola chose to focus his examinationclosely on the aftershock of such a decision The guiltthe way it kills passion, the way it eats you up inside and makes you detest whatever is associated with that acid feeling in your stomach You know, like that lover that was so important and true lovey before Through a series of brutal exchanges between the two main characters, Zola dissects the rationalizations we use to make shitty decisions which treat people like shit and turn us into shit, leaving us feeling all shitty in the end Zola s perceptions about both the way we mask our true intentions and the way we rid ourselves of guilt are right on point He knew He has played this game before Everyone has done wrong by someone else for the sake of their own immediate gain And sometimes, that wrong doing involves strangling and drowning someone It will, however, come back to haunt you in the end I will stop here, as this is about all that I can reveal without spoiling the story Just know that there is some Raskolnikov esque guilt fueled lashing, but rather than directing it at themselves, the two lovebirds turn it on one another And it getsugly Butchya knowtrue lust is not nice, after all Unless it is between two consenting adults who have, you know, actual love and respect mixed in there, as well In which case by all means lust it up, kids Get nasty astral Introduction, by Adam ThorpeA Note on the TranslationAcknowledgments Th r se Raquin Notes and here i thought thomas hardy was cruel to his charactersthis book doesn t take long to turn into slow torture for crimes committed, and it gets darker anddramatic until it reaches the heights of opera vengeance it s very tempting as a modern reader to question the characters motivations why not just leave really just leave , but it was high time i read some zola, and i can continue my summer of missed classics with confidence.come to my blog and here i thought thomas hardy was cruel to his charactersthis book doesn t take long to turn into slow torture for crimes committed, and it gets darker anddramatic until it reaches the heights of opera vengeance it s very tempting as a modern reader to question the characters motivations why not just leave really just leave , but it was high time i read some zola, and i can continue my summer of missed classics with confidence.come to my blog The Arcade of the Pont Neuf is not a place for a stroll You take it to make a short cut, to gain a few minutes It is traversed by busy people whose sole aim is to go quick and straight before them The arcade now assumes the aspect of a regular cut throat alley Great shadows stretch along the tiles, damp puffs of air enter from the street Anyone might take the place for a subterranean gallery indistinctly lit up by three funeral lamps.This nineteenth century French novel has a deliciously dThe Arcade of the Pont Neuf is not a place for a stroll You take it to make a short cut, to gain a few minutes It is traversed by busy people whose sole aim is to go quick and straight before them The arcade now assumes the aspect of a regular cut throat alley Great shadows stretch along the tiles, damp puffs of air enter from the street Anyone might take the place for a subterranean gallery indistinctly lit up by three funeral lamps.This nineteenth century French novel has a deliciously dark atmosphere from page one The Arcade of the Pont Neuf is home to a mercer shop that will take you into the depths of a psychological drama that might give you chills if you were to read this alone on a bleak and stormy night Emphasizing the animal side of human nature, Emile Zola created two depraved characters in Laurent and Therese ones that we should all hope to avoid a glimpse of within ourselves How do emotions drive one to commit an act of evil What are the consequences of these actions If we repent, will we be absolved of our sins If repentance is not something the bestial self is capable of seeking, then what becomes of us This book had some gruesome images that may make some flinch and others may find worthy of a great horror novel I personally cringed and at the same time was fascinated by a most revolting description of a Parisian morgue I was shocked to learn that it was in fact a favorite pastime for the people of Paris to visit the morgue and ogle the unfortunate inhabitants of this notorious attractionThe morgue is a sight within reach of everybody, and one to which passers by, rich and poor alike, treat themselves The door stands open, and all are free to enter There are admirers of the scene who go out of their way so as not to miss one of these performances of death I found this book to be quite riveting overall There were times when it felt a bit repetitive and dragged slightly, but then it would shift and I would oncebecome submerged in the misery, depravity and psychological suspense I would recommend this to those that enjoy classics and intense psychological studies It is actually a very readable classic, so shouldn t necessarily exclude those that don t dip into the classics on a regular basis 3.5 stars You know how it is Your mother marries you to your sexless cousin and in silent defiance you enter a torrid affair with a peasant painter All those hours spent humouring the dull man in your dreary shop, waiting for your next animalistic tussle with your fiery lover Then one day, you realise the conventions of early 19thC society are going to prevent you from ditching the boring old blood tie, and you will never be free to give yourself to true love God, the boredom I mean, you can t even k You know how it is Your mother marries you to your sexless cousin and in silent defiance you enter a torrid affair with a peasant painter All those hours spent humouring the dull man in your dreary shop, waiting for your next animalistic tussle with your fiery lover Then one day, you realise the conventions of early 19thC society are going to prevent you from ditching the boring old blood tie, and you will never be free to give yourself to true love God, the boredom I mean, you can t even knit properly, can you That last cardigan was missing an armhole and wasn t even big enough for my nephew So what do you have to live for You are, after all, a docile little mouse brimming with despair and desperation whose only chance at happiness lies in the arms of a bone idle gadabout who only wanted a quick shag anyway Perhaps if he bumped off your other half, made it look like an accident Oh now you ve gone and done it Didn t I warn you watching your husband drown would come back to haunt you How do you expect to look your mother in the eye ever again, you dozy bint Well I suppose it ll have to be several years of mental torment, depression and unrelenting misery, followed by a teary confession to your paralysed mother, until someone finally pours you a cup of poison and ends your sorry lot once and for all.Hold out, there s hope But not in this book This is the kind of book you survive, an obstacle course for masochists , the only people who will truly love it, don t get me wrong a very talented writer in his first important novel shows his skill, but he has a tendency to wallow in misery, giving a reader too many painful scenes Zola believes, to be taken seriously , he needs to inflict the maximum pain, a simple murder case becomes a protracted story even though a short novel, it seems an eternityCritics called the book pornographic wh This is the kind of book you survive, an obstacle course for masochists , the only people who will truly love it, don t get me wrong a very talented writer in his first important novel shows his skill, but he has a tendency to wallow in misery, giving a reader too many painful scenes Zola believes, to be taken seriously , he needs to inflict the maximum pain, a simple murder case becomes a protracted story even though a short novel, it seems an eternityCritics called the book pornographic when published in 1867, mild by today s standards, if there are any thus becoming a bestseller and making Zola at 27 a famous author Now to begin a couple that have known each other from childhood get married, not very unusual, this being the 19th century, still not shocking either because they are cousins Therese is born in North Africa, her father is a French soldier there, a child from a native woman, no marriage, the mother dies, he a French captain in the army of conquest, brings the baby to his sister Madame Raquin in France, a widow, quickly leaves and goes back to Africa, to fight wars, years pass nothing is heard about the captain until he perishes there Madame grows to love Therese, treats her like a daughter, a quiet girl that keeps her hate hidden deep inside , she has a sickly son the old woman, Camille does, a small pale figure illness keeps him mostly in bed, which the children share together Therese feels revulsion toward her ghastly cousin but silent, causing no trouble, the only thing she enjoys is watching the Seine river flow by Madame sells her little store in the country and to Paris she travels Soon opens another dingy little shop in a dark alley that connects two important streets Small shops with trinkets, hats and toys, cheap merchandise sold to poor working class pedestrians going by Madame persuades Therese to become her son s wife, Therese doesn t abject, she just requires a place to live, the security of a home Her husband, works as a clerk, brings home his best friend, Laurent, a strong, big man from a peasant family, a fellow clerk at work Well before long Laurent and Therese begin to notice each other and like what they see..the woman thinks Laurent is a real man, he would enjoy having a mistress, for a brief time, nothing to lose A secret affair starts and life would be perfect if Camille wasn t aroundpermanently Some calls this a story of sin, murder and revenge , as two human animals Zola s words do what comes naturally