I’m back to the 1001 books list for Z, with my first Zola novel. This one is not for those of you who are fantasizing about an affair. If you are planning to kill your spouse to marry your lover, this is REALLY not the book to read. But if you just want a visit to working class Paris, well, then give it a go.
A bad marriage between cousins is arranged by the groom’s doting mother. He is sickly and unappealing and his cousin has been sharing a room with him since childhood. A chance meeting with an old school friend of the husband leads to the introduction of Laurent into Therese’s life. Given the state of her marriage, it is probably not surprising that she should find the man tempting. However, when Laurent’s employer makes their clandestine meetings impossible, the pair look for a way to make their arrangement more permanent. The remainder of the story traces their plan and its physical and psychological aftermath for the couple. It’s sort of a Tell-Tale Heart for Two. Zola effectively paints the tortured existence of the pair, once they have brought the plan to fruition.
Around the World (goal: 52 total including at least 6 in each of 6 different regions) 28
Asia/Mideast: 6 (Israel, China, Afghanistan, Japan, Iran, Pakistan)
Africa: 2 (Madagascar, Libya)
Europe: 6 (England/UK, Ireland, Monaco, Poland, Spain, Italy)
Caribbean/Central America/North America: 5 (US, Cuba, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Jamaica)
Oceania: 2 (Fiji, Marshall Islands)
South America: 1 (Brazil)
Extra: 6 (Scotland, Greece, Holland, India, Serbia, France)
Around the US (goal: 50 states, DC, and PR): 19 (AZ, CA, CO, GA, HI, IA, IN, KS, LA, MA, MI, MN, MS, NM, NJ, NY, PA, RI, WV)
1001 Books (goal 52): 22
A to Z challenge (must be completed in order–26 author last names A to Z then 26 titles A to Z–strategy is all!): 26
Authors: Auster, Beinart, Chandler, Donovan, Eugenides, Faulkner, Grau, Hosseini, Ishiguro, Joyce, King, Lewis, Murakami, Nasar, Ondaatje, Preston and Childs, Quinn, Rushdie, Scott, Trevor, Updike, Vonnegut, Wouk, Xingjian, Young, Zola YEA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!