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Germinie Lacerteux

Germinie Lacerteux

Germinie Lacerteux is forced to enter service in Paris in order to pay her way. In the service of Mlle de Varandeuil, Germinie realises that if she wishes to remain employed, she faces an unmarried life. Such a frustration of her maternal instincts engenders a deep devotion to he... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781843911944
Published 25 November 2009 by Bookwise International
Format Paperback
Language English (translated from: French)
Author(s) By De, Goncourt Edmond
By Goncourt, Jules de
Foreword by Loach, Ken
Translated by Cummins, Anthony
Series Hesperus Classics
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ISBN-13 9781843911944
ISBN-10 1843911949
Stock Out of stock
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Publisher Bookwise International
Imprint Hesperus Press Ltd
Publication Date 25 November 2009
International Publication Date 28 January 2011
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Language English
Translated from French
Author(s) By De, Goncourt Edmond
By Goncourt, Jules de
Foreword by Loach, Ken
Translated by Cummins, Anthony
Series Hesperus Classics
Category Fiction
General & Literary Fiction
Classic Fiction
Number of Pages 200
Dimensions Not specified
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 843.8
Catalogue Code 127728

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Orphaned at the age of four, Germinie Lacerteux is forced to enter service in Paris in order to pay her way. The story paints a vision of nineteenth-century Paris, haunted by poverty, death and despair. In the service of Mlle de Varandeuil, Germinie realises that if she wishes to remain employed, she faces an unmarried life. Such a frustration of her maternal instincts engenders a deep devotion to her niece; Germinie is crushed when the girl is removed by her parents. Many relationships of the same mould ensue, the heroine each time forging loving bonds that are broken. In the face of such drudgery, the Goncourt brothers reveal the value of such simple pleasures as a walk in the countryside; and through the story of Germinie Lacerteux's life, they examine questions of the individual's power - or powerlessness - to control his or her own fate.

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Author's Bio

Brothers Edmond (1822-96) and Jules (1830-70) de Goncourt were pioneers of the Naturalist movement in literature and inspired authors including Emile Zola. They established France's most prestigious literary prize, the Prix Goncourt Ken Loach (1936-) is an English film and television director. He is known for his naturalistic directing style and for his socialist beliefs.

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