main characters in this book are: Aristide Roughon, an
ambitious speculator and part-time evil genius; Renee,
Aristide's second wife who is described as having an all consuming
thirst for pleasure and Maxime, Aristide's son and Renee's
son-in-law who is considered to be privileged.
takes place in Paris. The city, itself, makes this book
exciting. Paris, at the time, was just starting to show how it
would become a major place in the world of fashion and the first
recognizably modern city. This city is the background for the
affair that Renee has with her stepson, Maxime.
book was censored in 1871 and has been out of print since the
1950's. The new translation and introduction are done by
Arthur Goldhammer. This book is also considered to be a
largely ignored masterpiece.
This new edition and translation
by Arthur Goldhammer is a good read. The author's writing
skills draw you into the story and the book has interesting, complex
characters. The storyline is somewhat different compared to
many books you have read. If you are looking for something
"out of the ordinary", this is the one to add to your list.
It's one that I recommend and one that you will enjoy
REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON
DO NOT REPRINT
WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE REVIEWER, NANCY