Fanda from Fanda Classic Lit and O from Delaisse are hosting a Zola reading event!! In honor of Zola's birthday, which is April 2, they are hosting Zoladdiction, which is basically a month of reading Zola. Well, I love Zola, and I have several volumes waiting patiently on the TBR shelves -- how could I refuse?
You can find details here, but essentially, participants will read Zola's works and blog about them during the month of April. There are three levels of participation, named in honor of three of his most famous heroines:
First level: Maheude -- read one book
Second level: Gervaise -- read two or three books
Third level: Nana -- read four or more books
Currently, I have six unread works by Zola in my possession, so I'm going to try and read at least two of them:
The Ladies' Paradise -- sex and shopping! The story of a department store, with some of the characters from Pot Bouille.
The Debacle -- Zola's only historical novel, set during the Franco-Prussian War. Said to be one of the most accurate depictions of war in literature.
The Dream -- the story of a young orphan living in a world of dreams. It sounds very different from the harsh realism of most Zola novels.
|I won't actually be reading this in French.|
But I really like this cover!
Nana -- one of Zola's most famous works, the story of a high-class courtesan in Paris. Nana is the daughter of Gervaise, the washerwoman in L'Assommoir.
The Masterpiece -- Zola's most autobiographical novel, about a tortured artist. Supposedly Zola's childhood friend Paul Cezanne never spoke to Zola after the novel was published.
Well -- is anyone else signing up for Zoladdiction? Which novels should I read? What's your favorite Zola novel?