BOOK REVIEW

        THE KILL - EMILE ZOLA

The 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.

This story 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. 

This 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 reading.

REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON

DO NOT REPRINT WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE REVIEWER, NANCY EATON

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