Book review: Thérèse Raquin by Émile Zola


Thérèse RaquinThérèse Raquin by Émile Zola

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The original French text is available at Project Gutenberg.

Free download available at eBooks@Adelaide.

And the audio version in English is available at LivriVox.

And the BBC Radio 4 – Classical Serial dramatization is available here.

And the audio version in French at Literature audio.com.

This is the story of a love triangle between Thérèse Raquin, her cousin and husband Camille and Laurent, one of Camille’s friends.

In his preface, Zola explains that his goal in this novel was to “study temperaments and not characters”. This book is considered an example of Naturalism.

It is a novel (first published in 1867) and a play (first performed in 1873) which was originally published in serial format in the journal L’Artiste and in book format in December of the same year.

There are some movie’s version based on this book: Thou Shalt Not (1928); The Adultress (1953) with Simone Signoret, Raf Vallone, Jacques Duby. It was screened at the 14th Venice International Film Festival where it won the Silver Lion.

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