Germinal

Germinal Review

The thirteenth novel in Émile Zola’s great Rougon-Macquart sequence, Germinal expresses outrage at the exploitation of the many by the few, but also shows humanity’s capacity for compassion and hope.

Etienne Lantier, an unemployed railway worker, is a clever but uneducated young man with a dangerous temper. Forced to take a back-breaking job at Le Voreux mine when he cannot get other work, he discovers that his fellow miners are ill, hungry, in debt, and unable to feed and clothe their families. When conditions in the mining community deteriorate even further, Lantier finds himself leading a strike that could mean starvation or salvation for all.

•New translation
• Includes introduction, suggestions for further reading, filmography, chronology, explanatory notes, and glossary

Title:Germinal
Edition Language:English

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    Germinal Reviews

  • Ahmad Sharabiani

    824. Germinal, Émile ZolaGerminal was written between April 1884 and January 1885. Often considered Zola's masterpiece and one of the most significant novels in the French tradition, the novel – an...

  • ?ntellecta

    The “Germinal” novel was published in 1885 and is considered the main work of Emile Zola. It describes the inhumane conditions in the mines of the French coal mining area of the 19th century.The n...

  • Lisa

    Étienne Lantier - Claude, the painter's brother! Nana, the whore's brother! Jacques, the murderer's brother! Gervaise, the alcoholic's son!I know this part of the Rougon-Macquart family tree better t...

  • Henry Avila

    Emile Zola's acknowledged masterpiece written in 1885, the politics are dated as history has shown, his overemphasis on sex, research and common sense have refuted, this is the 19th century, not the 2...

  • Luís C.

    History written by Émile Zola, who counted it was working in a coal mine in France, and describes a very bloody strike, which marks the beginning of the labor movement. It begins with Etienne who arr...

  • Gautam

    “I am little concerned with beauty or perfection. I don't care for the great centuries. All I care about is life, struggle, intensity.”- Emile ZolaLet me draw a scene for you. I appreciate your pa...

  • Steven Godin

    Within the first few pages of Zola's striking masterpiece I was completely sucked into his vision of the poverty suffering and slave driven folk of the mining world, first published in 1885 it holds t...

  • MJ Nicholls

    This novel is about as grim and horrendous as literature gets. Instead of ranting about the history of human suffering at various pitches of bowel-plopping rage, let me take a more facetious route. Le...

  • Edward

    IntroductionNote on the TranslationSelect BibliographyChronology of Émile ZolaPlan of Montsou and surrounding areas--GerminalExplanatory Notes...

  • Graham

    GERMINAL - what can I say? I studied this book at university and my whole degree course was worth the time and effort just for introducing me to the author. GERMINAL now stands as my favourite book of...