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Product Details

  • Series: Oxford World's Classics
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (September 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199555842
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199555840
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brian Nelson has also translated Zola's The Ladies' Paradise, Pot Luck, and The Kill for OWC.

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This one would translate beautifully to the screen!
M. Hannon
I would recommend this book to all who enjoy history and want a more personal insight of the times.
deli
Zola's brilliant metaphor on Paris and France. the narrative is stunning.
Intrepid

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Balbach on November 11, 2010
Format: Paperback
The Belly of Paris (French 1873; tr. Brian Nelson 2007) is one of the earlier works in Zola's 20-volume Rougon-Macquart series. It takes place in 1858 in the great Parisian food market of Les Halles. While the plot is somewhat anemic, the real strength is in the descriptions of Les Halles, its vendors and mainly the food itself. Vast quantities of food. Zola reaches levels of such lush detail to make one both ravenous, and nauseous with sights and smells before the age of refrigeration and knowledge of bacteria. On another level the novel is a satire of the greedy Bourgeois, or middle-class, which are depicted as the comfortable "fat people", in contrast to the revolutionary inclined and dangerous "thin people". Beneath the proper and upright middle class is a greedy animal driven by materialism, ready to stomp out threats to its creature comforts. Zola's criticism of the Bourgeois has both the particular historical interest of 19th century France, and universal timelessness. It's curious to see a novel from the 1870s focusing on middle class obesity and excessive materialism, a problem more relevant to our era, Zola was prescient about where the future was headed. It's even more curious that this novel was only recently translated in 2007, prior to that the most recent translation was from the 1950s and had long been out of print. Although the story itself is somewhat simple, the lush descriptions are fascinating and beautiful, sublime even, no other book in the series is so heavy on description, and his satire of the evils of greed and materialism among the middle class are as relevant and subversive as ever.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 11, 2012
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Wonderfully evocative of the underpinnings of Paris - the language is marvelous - you can taste the food and experience it all.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By M. Hannon on November 14, 2011
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I picked this up after seeing it included on a 'great books about food' list. The descriptions of food are both divine and disgusting. The plot - revolution against the uppper class and the blind support of the upper class by those who struggle is timeless. I wonder if a screen play has ever been attempted. This one would translate beautifully to the screen!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Intrepid on July 5, 2013
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Zola's brilliant metaphor on Paris and France. the narrative is stunning. One must follow up tis wonderful read with a walk through what was once Les Halles to commune with all the characters, spectacles and ghosts in this novel.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Patrice on May 16, 2013
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After the first chapter which seemed to move slowly, I am enjoying this book. Rich in descriptive language which puts one into the French milieu of the time. Recommend. Will look at other Zola books to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By deli on May 23, 2014
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I love historical fiction books that transport you to another age and are an education at the same time. I would recommend this book to all who enjoy history and want a more personal insight of the times.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By carlos gutierrez on July 20, 2014
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Zola discrived the market as the digestive system in all its parts. And Walk us througt the lives and st.of the neighborhood with carefull detail. Masterfull.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Thuringer on February 11, 2013
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A great description of Les Halles in the mid-19th century. Zola has a poetic knack for juxtaposing descriptions of the various foods and flowers in the market with the character's actions. I thought this would be more like the Jungle, but it is nowhere near as troubling; or Germinal, where life in the coal mines is far more awful.

Mostly, the Belly of the Beast is about human cruelty
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