Thoughts On The Bright Side of Life by Émile Zola

Photograph by Pete Halewood of Barton-on-Sea Life. Happiness. Depression. Responsibility. Love. Sacrifice. Boredom. Isolation. Charity. Jealousy. Purpose. Disappointment. Resilience. Pain. Those are the words that came to me when I asked myself what the novel The Bright Side of Life by Émile Zola was about. The original French title is Le Joie de Vivre, and … Continue reading Thoughts On The Bright Side of Life by Émile Zola

The Belly of Paris by Émile Zola – in pictures

Photographs by Pete Halewood I'm going to do something different with this blog post. Normally, when I finish a book, I write a 'Thoughts On' article, but for whatever reason, whether it is the bank holiday weekend here in England, or whether I'm just keen to move on to new things, the words are just … Continue reading The Belly of Paris by Émile Zola – in pictures

Thoughts On Nana by Émile Zola (and some thoughts on judging others)

This is my fourth ‘Thoughts On’ post of an Émile Zola book, and as well as talking about the novel Nana itself, I will also reflect on judging others, something the novel made me think about a lot. What I would like to say right at the start is that after my rather disappointing experience … Continue reading Thoughts On Nana by Émile Zola (and some thoughts on judging others)

Thoughts On The Kill by Émile Zola

I've previously made no secret of the fact that I wasn't greatly enthralled reading The Kill (La Curée in its native french). The 2nd title in Zola's great Les Rougon-Macquart series, this is the first novel of Zola's that I have struggled reading. I normally start these 'Thoughts On' posts by stating that this is … Continue reading Thoughts On The Kill by Émile Zola

Thoughts On Père Goriot by Honoré de Balzac

Well, it took me 3 attempts, but finally I read and finished Père Goriot by Honoré de Balzac. I say 3 attempts, the first 2 really were pathetic. I had tried reading it in-between reading Emile Zola novels last year, but barely got started, because truth be told, I was totally in Zola mode, and … Continue reading Thoughts On Père Goriot by Honoré de Balzac

Thoughts on Germinal by Émile Zola

Here goes, the second of my 'thoughts' on a particular classic book on this blog. I stress again, as I did on my L’Assommoir post, that this is not a book review, and I don't do book reviews. This is just my own thoughts and notes that I put together, and in a usually incoherent … Continue reading Thoughts on Germinal by Émile Zola

Thoughts on L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

The Hangover by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec It has been years, and I mean years since I attempted a book review. Actually, I don't really want to call it a book review, it is more like my thoughts, as the title of the post suggests. Book reviews are for Amazon, and the 5 or 6 I … Continue reading Thoughts on L’Assommoir by Émile Zola