Thérèse Raquin by Émile Zola

thereseTherese Raquin is a dark tale of an illegitimate-born woman and was left by her father in the care of his sister. She lived in her aunt’s home with his son, Camille. They grew up together and was later married to each other.

This is my first taste of Emile Zola’s works and the first few pages captivated me right away though it was short-lived. It started quite great but then it just dragged on and on. The author was saying the same thing over and over in different ways and the constant narration got a bit boring.

I didn’t like any of the characters in particular except for the cat which got jacked up to hell somewhere through the story.

I liked how the darkness was exhibited in depth, though, as well as how guilt tormented the two murderers. And though the author got very repetitive, I liked that I’ve guessed the ending correctly. I guess, I was just too in a hurry for them to kill each other and die of guilt.

Book Quotes:

“When there is no hope in the future, the present appears atrociously bitter.”

“Nature and circumstances seemed to have made this man for this woman, and to have driven them towards one another. Together, the woman, nervous and dissembling, and the man, lustful, living like an animal, they made a strongly united couple. They completed one another, they protected one another.”

“The thought of suicide began to weigh on her when she suddenly considered the unknowns that she would take into the tomb: there, amid the cold and silence of the earth she would sleep, eternally racked by doubts about the punishment of her tormentors. To sleep properly the sleep of death, she had to lapse into insensibility feeling the sharp joy of revenge; she had to take with her a dream of hatred satisfied, one that she would dream throughout eternity.”

Rating: 3/5 stars

Quote of the Week

You’re not a bad person because you want to be yourself.

~Jodi Picoult

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