Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Classics Club Spin Update: Germinal

I've been away from all things blogging for a couple of months, but I really wanted to make sure I read my Classics Club Spin pick Germinal by Emile Zola. I didn't quite make yesterday's deadline, but I'm making progress:

I'm on page 362/532.  At this point in the book, the miners on strike are terrorizing the bourgeois declaring "We want bread!" M. Hennebeau, manager of the Montsou mine, has a cheating wife and an unhappy life.  When the strikers come around he's angry with them because he would "gladly have swapped his fat salary just to have their thick skin and their unproblematic sex." I guess the grass is always greener on the other side!


  1. I've not read Germinal. What are our thoughts? Are you enjoying it? I read The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton. I'd be very honored if you would check out my review. Thank you.

    Age of Innocence

  2. I hope you've had a chance to finish this amazing classic now (although I understand if you haven't had the time as I'm only just getting around some of the spin participants posts today!)

    I read this last year and was blown away by it (no puns intended). Some of the images and ideas will be with forever I think. Definitely worth a reread somewhere in my future :-)