- Written by: Emile Zola (Translated from French)
- Narrated by: Kate Winslet
- Length: 8 hrs
- Format: Unabridged
- Release Date:03-08-12 (originally pub’d 1867)
- Publisher: Audible, Inc.
- Program Type: Audiobook
FOR THE CLASSICS CHALLENGE: Author New to Me Category
Often repeated phrase: Hither and thither.
This extremely dark story is INTENSE.
A young woman, Thérèse, is trapped in a loveless marriage; she hides her seething contempt well. When her husband, Camille, brings home a friend named Laurent, she secretly unleashes her duplicitous passionate side, Laurent is a non-ambitious lollygagger of a sort; he really only wishes to see if he could shag her. Dark deeds, mayhem and madness ensue.
“He enjoyed gentle quietude; waiting for the hour to strike.”
Not for the faint of heart.
I’m really not sure what Zola was trying to say. That crime never goes unpunished? That we really can’t tell what goes on in the hearts of others? That we should be content with our lot in life or else we’ll only get misery? – NO, not that last one… Perhaps, it is to never trust a cat.
Rating THREE STARS. I realize and I get that this is a classic but not my favorite. Well-written, amazingly paced, fascinating exploration of the depths of madness = imagination, etc. But I found it rather tedious once the madness ball started rolling hither and thither. Yes, I was distracted by the number of times I heard the phrase.
“That woman must have intoxicated me with caresses.”
Winslet’s narration is top-notch.
No pie, that I recall. Hard to say since it was audio and I listen in my car. Just not wise of me to take a note.