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The Fête at Coqueville

(aka The Coqueville Spree)

Zola has rarely displayed the quality of humour, but it is present in this novella called The Fête at Coqueville (French original title: La fête à Coqueville).

Coqueville is the name given to a very remote Norman fishing-village, set in a gorge of rocks, and almost inaccessible except from the sea. Here a sturdy population of some hundred and eighty souls, all sprung from two rival families, live in the condition of a tiny Verona, torn between contending interests. A ship laden with liqueurs is wrecked on the rocks outside, and one precious cask after another comes riding into Coqueville over the breakers. The villagers spend a glorious week of perfumed inebriety...

A very amusingly and very picturesquely told story.
With an essay by Edmund Gosse about The Short Stories of Zola.

Emile Zola (1840-1902) is a French novelist and critic and the founder of the Naturalist movement in literature, which he defined as "nature seen through a temperament."

 

 



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ISBN:
1595690867 / 9781595690869

Language:

English

Subjects:

Fiction (French Classics, Social History)


Pages:

108


Book Type:
5 x 8 in, Perfect Bound - Paperback)

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