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- Print Length: 196 pages
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- Publication Date: March 24, 2011
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B004TP61PU
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The Mysteries of Paris, Volume 1 of 6 Kindle Edition
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The separation of the classes is a cornerstone to this narrative, but Paris, as a location, is certainly not unique. This same story could be told in London, or Berlin, or any large European city of the 1850s. They all functioned the same way, with a huge separation between the haves and the have nots. The author paints a most noble picture of a unique person from that era, a prince (one of the "haves") who wants to help the "have nots." It's a noble theme, and one that probably gained much favor with the "haves" of that era; but the historical truth is that the "noble rich person" was mostly myth. But Eugene Sue's objective was to tweak the conscience of the rich into paying more attention to the less fortunate. Did she succeed? History says no. But one might say that her theme became more relevant as the lower classes became more rebellious in the later half of the century.
As for the writing, adjective lovers will feel like they've entered nirvana. Much too laborious and heavy for most of today's modern readers, but a clear look at what 19th century readers seemed to enjoy. Description, upon description, upon description. The language of description is almost poetic in some sections. I, personally, could not take a steady diet of this type of writing, but it's fun to occasionally step back in time and see how things were done more than 150 years ago.
Dickens wrote about London. Sue writes about Paris. The stories are quite similar, and adjectives abound in both.