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The Conquest of Plassans (Rougon-Macquart): The Rougon family, in M. Zola's narrative, rises to fortune, and the town of Plassans (really Aix-en-Provence) bows down before its power. But time passes, the revolt of the clergy supervenes, by their influence the town chooses a Royalist Marquis as deputy, and it becomes necessary to conquer it once again. --- Abbe Faujas, by wThe Conquest of Plassans (Rougon-Macquart): The Rougon family, in M. Zola's narrative, rises to fortune, and the town of Plassans (really Aix-en-Provence) bows down before its power. But time passes, the revolt of the clergy supervenes, by their influence the town chooses a Royalist Marquis as deputy, and it becomes necessary to conquer it once again. --- Abbe Faujas, by whom this conquest is achieved on behalf of the Empire, is a strongly conceived character, perhaps the most real of all the priests that are scattered through M. Zola's books. No other priestly creation of M. Zola's pen vie with the stern, chaste, authoritative, ambitious Faujas, the man who subdues Plassans, and who wrecks the home of the Mouret family, with whom he lives. The book largely deals with the matter of 'the priest in the house, ' and towards the end of the volume Mouret, the husband who has been driven mad and shut up in a lunatic asylum, returns home and wreaks the most terrible vengeance upon those who have wronged him. --- The pages which deal with the madman's escape and his horrible revenge are certainly among the most powerful that M. Zola has ever written, and have been commended for their effectiveness by several of his leading critics. --- (Ernest Alfred Vizetelly)"...

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  • Luís C.
    2019-05-08 22:01

    Suspense and conspiracy to Empire's borders: We have therefore returned to Plassans to the scene of "the fortune of the Rougon" in a context that at first glance seems more peaceful; gold, one quickly learns the horrible Felicite Rougon are still rampant, which can only be a good sign ...The Faujas infiltrated Plassans to return to the city in favor of Bonapartist power. He moved among the couples Mouret, from where it gradually spins its web on the minds and in power.As much reading "the fortune of the Rougon" was a little painful, or at least winded, so I devoured this psycho-political thriller Machiavellian, very rhythmic in short chapters, fascinated by the dull rise of violence it deploys more than electoral machinations and petty power struggles that serve as background to the novel, I iced my spine to follow the piece that is played between the main characters, the Mouret couple sacrificial victims, and Faujas, spectral manipulator; how it gradually takes possession of their home, their garden, their property, their social circles and their lives really cold in the back!Until the tragic outcome of the final scene, which takes place under the eyes of "ambitious vulgar", not a moment of respite in this thriller of madness in which Zola spares us none of the villainies of the human soul.

  • Greg Brozeit
    2019-04-23 17:57

    Another Zola masterpiece. The hypocrisy of the clergy, social status, vicious gossip and the descent into madness and its consequences are just a few of the themes that drive this tale of human frailty and ambition. This story could be considered the sequel to The Fortune of the Rougons, the first of the Rougon-Macquart cycle, although it was sixth in Zola’s recommended reading order.Marthe Rougon, the youngest of the Rougon siblings, and her husband, Francois Mouret—first cousin to Marthe and part of the illegitimate Macquart family tree—are a prosperous couple in the mythical Provence town of Plassans. They rent a room to an enigmatic, mysterious priest, Abbé Faujas, who has left his previous station under unclear circumstances, and his mother. Francois suggests that his wife lead an effort to start a home for young girls. This begins a sequence of events that forever changes the town of Plassans, its social elite and the Rougon and Mouret familes.Zola’s writing, an intricate late 19th century social commentary, reminds me, in many ways, of Sinclair Lewis’s observations about early 20th century America. In other words, he comments on the great issues of his time that reverberate timelessly. And he always knew how to construct a dramatic, astonishing conclusion.

  • Elizabeth (Alaska)
    2019-05-19 22:57

    I do so like Zola - might even be 5 stars, but I feel I have to leave some room in the ratings for even better reads.There is Zola's good characterizations of his primary characters here, as usual. Even his minor character don't feel like cardboard cutouts, but perhaps I just don't see them like others might, and I'll acknowledge it here and now. In this, there is also some good plot, a bit of mystery. While there might not be any huge surprises, I wasn't able to see the turns of plot in the last of the novel. Who was this Abbe Faujas and what were his goals? Would he achieve his Conquest of Plassans?I feel confident in saying that not everyone will come away from this with the same feelings. One thing that struck me, however, which applies today as well, is the destructiveness of rumor and gossip. Entire lives can be ruined - we've all seen it.

  • Softymel
    2019-04-22 19:45

    Nous voici de retour à Plassans! Fini le tumulte parisien, au profit des manipulations politique dans ce cher Plassans, que nous avions découvert dans le premier volume de la série.Pas de temps mort dans ce volume, où l'on retrouve le père Rougon et sa femme, que l'on avait quitter en pleine gloire, et qui ont maintenant troqué leur salon jaune défraîchi contre un salon vert luxueux.Et surtout, on y suit l'histoire de leur fille, Marthe, qui a pour locataire l'abbé Faujas, un personnage central de ce roman, et qui incarne tout ce que Zola ne supporte pas chez les prêtres de son époque.

  • Alison
    2019-04-23 22:13

    This was my 12th book in the Rougon-Macquart series and I struggled with it big time. I'm not sure what was worse - reading the kindle version of it in a 20 book download, the multitude of characters and my losing who is who, the fact that it's book 4 and having enjoyed later ones means this earlier work is less polished. Or a combination of all. Despite all that, the dramatic ending was unexpected. And I still love Emile Zola.

  • Fanda Kutubuku
    2019-05-13 21:07

    Another masterpiece and my personal favorite from Zola. The ending was...WOW! Tres bien, Monsieur!

  • Caterina Pierre
    2019-04-29 19:10

    I am reading the full twenty novels of the Rougon-Maquart series by Zola. I did not start them in order: I read the more famous books in the series first (The Ladies Paradise, Nana, the Masterpiece, etc.) but have now started from the beginning. This is book four. If you do not care about order, this book might be best read right after book 1 (The Fortune of the Rougons). Without giving anything away, it's truly about the breakdown of the family unit through politics, religion, greed and outside interference. As usual, it has a highly dramatic ending like other books in the series (Nana, La Bete Humaine, Fortune). The main characters get exactly what they deserve in the novel, and the innocents remain unharmed. Once it gets rolling it's a good, quick read.

  • Gloria De Martin
    2019-04-26 19:01

    La rovina di una famiglia borghese a causa dell'ambizione smodata di un uomo. I germi della follia, miserabile eredità genetica dei Rougon-Marcquart, mietono vittime nella famiglia Mouret quando la vita di Francois e Marthe viene sconvolta dall'arrivo dell'abate Foujas, alla conquista di Plassans e dei suoi cittadini. Un romanzo intenso e coinvolgente, che dipinge bene la meschinità della vita di provincia. È stato quasi una sofferenza fisica leggere, pagina dopo pagina, il declino mentale di Marthe e la disperazione crescente di Francois, schiacciati dalla volontà irriducibile di Foujas e dall'avidità della sua famiglia. Zola non delude mai nell'approfondimento psicologico dei personaggi e nella descrizione dell'ambiente che li circonda.

  • Lectrice Hérétique
    2019-04-25 19:12

    Retrouvailles avec « Mimile », mon amour de jeunesse. Ayant acquis à la fois un ebook et l'intégralité des Rougon-Macquart dans la foulée, je n'ai plus d'excuse pour ne pas finir la série de l'un des auteurs morts responsable de mon addiction à la lecture.La conquête de Plassans n'est clairement pas mon préféré, il reste difficile de rivaliser avec Germinal, Nana, La bête humaine, L'Assommoir ou Le docteur Pascal, pour ne citer que ceux qui m'ont le plus marquée.Toutefois, j'ai retrouvé avec un plaisir certain l'univers cruel et fataliste des Rougon-Macquart.François Mouret est marié à Marthe, sa cousine, et le couple vit paisiblement avec ses trois enfants de ses rentes d'anciens commerçants. Les deux époux se ressemblent et vivent en une relative harmonie, jusqu'au jour où Mouret loue l'étage à un abbé et sa vieille mère. Les deux arrivants ne paient pas de mine dans leurs vêtements défraichis, et portent sur eux l'austérité et la misère. Aussi discret que mystérieux, l'abbé Faujas traîne derrière lui une réputation assez trouble pour attiser les rumeurs. Mouret, peu enclin aux bondieuseries, accueille ce locataire d'un œil amusé, avant d'être intrigué et de se mettre à l'espionner.Au fil des mois, la famille Mouret se rapprochera subtilement de l'abbé Faujas, jusqu'à transformer la vie jusque-là paisible de la maisonnée. Les intentions de l'abbé ne sont jamais claires, on ne le voit pas tellement manœuvrer directement, Zola décrit plus l'environnement de l'abbé et les autres personnages de Plassans que le curé lui-même, qui finalement mène son monde avec tant de sournoiserie et de subtilité qu'on le croirait presque porté par l'admiration que lui vouent les femmes, les jeunes, et les bourgeois ambitieux.Marthe Mouret et sa mère seront ses premières victimes. La nature fragile et impressionnable de Marthe la poussera à se soumettre face au charisme de Faujas, homme fort et viril, sévère, mais représentant d'une justice et d'un hypothétique bonheur divins. La jeune femme, inconsciemment insatisfaite de son mariage, sombrera assez vite dans un mysticisme hystérique (pléonasme !), croyant trouver en Dieu un épanouissement absolu, et sera entièrement dévouée à Dieu et à l'abbé, tandis que sa mère Félicité, participera à l'ascension lente, mais sûre de l'abbé, non sans un certain intérêt personnel.L'abbé mettra à ses pieds tout un groupe de femmes dévotes pour arriver à ses fins et améliorer son image d'austère religieux soucieux de faire de bonnes actions. La maison des Mouret, occupée par l'abbé, sa mère, mais aussi par sa sœur et son beau-frère, va changer progressivement, mais radicalement d'ambiance... et de propriétaires. Fataliste face au changement de comportement de sa femme, Mouret sombrera dans une sorte de dépression, et se mettra en retrait, abandonnant son statut de chef de famille. Marthe quant à elle, s'enfoncera encore plus dans sa dévotion, avant de réaliser, trop tard, le terrible cours qu'auront pris les événements.De prime abord tout à fait sains d'esprit, Marthe et François seront trahis par leur hérédité, la faille originelle de leur grand-mère commune, Adélaide Fouque, ressurgissant au gré des contrariétés de leur déchéance.Zola met en scène toute une partie de la population aisée de Plassans, où chacun tente de se faire une place.Il critique la religion et la politique, et nous démontre les rapports entre les deux, le but commun des religieux et des politiques étant le pouvoir.Une histoire qui commence dans la quiétude d'une sympathique famille unie, et qui finit dans la tragédie la plus totale.Un excellent Zola, qui illustre bien la noirceur et la perfidie dont est capable l'homme quand il s'agit de pouvoir et de reconnaissance, ainsi que la crédulité maladive de l'humain face à la religion.

  • Eve Kay
    2019-05-21 18:02

    Trustworthy Zola brings us an entertaining piece of evilness amongst the aristocrats of 1800s.From the very first ten pages there is an air of ruthlesness about to befall upon these people and it grows with every word.The end really saved the book, I was so afraid at one point this book would be predictable. I'm so glad it didn't end the way I thought it would.It was so much better this way.Mourets live a peaceful life amongst themselves until they have a priest and his mother move in as tenants. Things start to go wrong once the priest starts to mingle amongst the neighbours and slowly turn the town against the Mourets.I found each character equally dislikable and irritating. They were either too mean and selfish or too passive and naive.This book, if compared to the series so far, was a light read with easy writing. The topic didn't require anything more and flow was at a nice pace. I'm already pretty used to Zola's style of introducing a bunch of characters you can't keep track of so I didn't let that get to me.The thing that bothered me was how the story was built up so it seemed like I knew what was about to come. I'm so happy for the last fifty pages, they restored my faith in Zola!

  • J.M. Hushour
    2019-04-22 22:47

    THIS REVIEWS THE ENGLISH TRANSLATION WHICH DOESN'T SHOW UP ON GOODREADS FOR SOME STUPID REASON:The 6th Rougons-Macquart novel according to Zola's reading order and one of the first actually written. Zola is a fucking amazing writer. This story concerns a priest with a murky past and murkier present who moves to Plassans (genetic seat of the eponymous families of the series) and becomes a boarder with a certain family. What follows is a descent into black manipulation, cynical politics, unspoken lust, and the sheer psychotic-itude (?) of the craven religious nut. This novel reads like something Hannibal Lechter would have written if he had become a man of the cloth, or at least eaten one. The psychologies here are harrowing and bleak. Capped off with an immense surprise ending. Might be my favorite of the series so far, mahfahs.

  • Mérita Selimi
    2019-05-04 17:01

    Ce tome contient tous les éléments d'un grand Zola!Le suivi des tares héréditaires chez nos chers Rougon-Macquart : la folie notamment (avec le triste sort réservé à Mouret), les jeux de pouvoirs sous le Second Empire (républicains contre bonapartistes) et la place prépondérante de l'Eglise dans le fonctionnement de tous ces rouages...L'image que j'ai beaucoup appréciée dans ce tome est la place stratégique des Mouret et de leur jardin surtout, en quelque sorte "coincé" entre la sous-préfécture et les poiriers de M. Rastoil, qui donne dès le premier chapitre une ambiance d'espionnage mutuel...Comme je l'ai lu dans d'autres critiques, il est vrai que la première partie du roman est un peu longue, mais elle ne fait qu'aider à mieux apprécier la seconde où tout s'accélère!

  • Tarannom
    2019-05-01 21:51

    امیل زولا نویسنده بزرگ قرن نوزدهم فرانسه در سال 1840از پدری ایتالیایی و مادری فرانسوی در پاریس به دنیا آمد ،سبک کارش در قالب رئالیسم قرار می گیرد که آن را بر رمانتیسم رایج آن دوره ترجیح میداد،زولا خود را بنیانگذار مکتب ناتورالیسم می نامید ،زولا در سال 1902در گذشت در سال 1908 پیکر اورا به آرامگاه مشاهیر در پانتئون منتقل کردند و در کنار ویکتور هوگو به خاک سپردند ،در سال 1998رئیس جمهور وقت فرانسه مراسم بزرگداشت سده زولا را برگزار کرد، کتاب حاضر (فتح پلاسان )که در سال 1875 منتشر شد،ماجرای أن در شهری به نام پلاسان می گذرد و نمایشگر رقابت های سیاسی همراه با انواع سالوسی ها و توطئه های شرارت آمیزی است که در مقطعی از دوران امپراطوری ناپلئون سوم جریان دارد،وحتی در شهر کوچکی چون پلاسان نیز تاثیر دارد و جای پای دو خاندان مذکور نیز در آن دیده می شود .

  • Carol
    2019-05-12 21:05

    Was very happy to find this book in Paris at Shakespeare & Co., partly because it's always a treat to browse in this fabulous book shop, but mainly because I have not been able to find this book in the US. I gave the book 5 stars because Zola is a genius, but that being said, there was a bit too much repetition of certain thematic material, to the point approaching melodrama. No matter----it fills in some of the blanks in the chronicle of the Rougon-Macquart family--a sequence I've read in rather piecemeal fashion. Someday, I might actually be able to read all the volumes in sequence---maybe.

  • Yves
    2019-05-09 18:04

    J'ai eu beaucoup de difficulté à lire ce roman durant la première moitié. Je le trouvait long et ennuyant. C'est durant la seconde moitié que j'ai vraiment adoré le livre. J'avais beaucoup de pitié pour le sort de François Mouret. Toutes les magouilles de l'abbé Faujas finissent par rendre fou le couple Mouret. La folie, qui est un des traits héréditaire de la famille des Rougon-Macquart, est grandement exploité à la fin du roman.J'ai adoré la fin. C'est vraiment le genre de finale qui me satisfait malgré le côté tragique. C'est du vrai Zola.

  • Nicolas Rouillot
    2019-05-07 15:50

    "Retenez bien ceci, plaisez aux femmes, si vous voulez que Plassans soit à vous" (p. 119).

  • Tanya Faberson
    2019-05-08 22:48

    This is an excellent book! I love Zola's works to begin with - especially the Rougon-Macquart series - but this has to be one of my favorites.

  • Zashi
    2019-04-23 00:01

    The ending is extremely powerful. Modern authors, take notes.

  • Chris
    2019-04-25 19:11

    I'd heard that this was thought of as one of Zola's lesser works, so I was delighted to discover a very nuanced political thriller. A really great read

  • David Cain
    2019-04-27 22:51

    Wonderful, strange and brutal realisms

  • Leeeo-
    2019-05-21 00:05

    Se nel secondo era la cupidigia a dirigere e nel terzo la fame ad orchestrare, nel quarto capitolo dei Rougon-Macquart è la pazzia che sviluppa l'ordito della storia. Si insinua subdola, lenta ma costante, portando il tarlo a divorare per intero quella che, con rammarico, potremmo definire la "nostra vita precedente". Marthe, tranquilla e brava mogliettina, si trasforma in un'esaltata martire, ardente di desiderio erotico sublimato in anelito spirituale; Mouret, cappellaio in pensione, vede il suo castello costruito mattone su mattone andarsene in pezzi, inerte, paralizzato dagli sguardi dei familiari e della città intera; Foujas, terribile doppiogiochista, che soccombe ad una tracotanza diventata incontenibile. Sullo sfondo una variopinta cittadina di ipocriti osserva, sogghigna, parteggia ovviamente per il più forte, addita e disprezza ovviamente il più debole. Si può ben capire come il tutto non possa finire che con un immenso rogo.

  • Jennifer
    2019-05-18 16:14

    On sent bien que Zola avait des comptes à régler avec certaines castes de la société de l'époque. Et le moins qu'on puisse dire, c'est que ce nouvel épisode de la sage des Rougon-Macquart décoiffe ! Que de conspirations, manipulations, faux-semblants, suspens, on est tenu en haleine, dérouté et perdu jusqu'au bout. On s'attache puis déteste tous les personnages ! Mais pas une page ne m'a semblé fade après la mise en place de l'intrigue. Et beaucoup de "mais quoiiiiii" à la fin des chapitres !! Dignes d'une fin de saison dans une série américaine !

  • Noah Oanh
    2019-05-06 23:53

    Finally, I can finish another mega-drama book from Zola. Similar with other Zola's books in this family saga, the story began beautifully with the image of a happy family staying together. And slowly, Zola drove us crazy until the end.(My body was seriously shaking a bit when the image of Mouret who danced around his burning house came to my mind.) This book is seriously mental. Well done Zola!

  • Sarah Alami
    2019-04-30 21:10

    Autre réécriture naturaliste d'une figure mythique : Tartuffe à Plassans, sans le coup de théâtre final, pas de deus ex machina pour sauver la petite famille des griffes du prêtre plus maléfique que faux dévot. Terrible!

  • Kelly Marcu
    2019-05-13 16:14

    Very complex plot. A bit tedious at times, but Zola gives the reader an unexpected & great ending!

  • Cindywho
    2019-04-23 20:54

    Zola offers up small town politics and a descent into madness fueled by the appearance of a priest with an aversion to bathing and sketchy relatives. It's not my favorite one so far, but still Zola.

  • Hamideh
    2019-04-29 20:08

    زولا که بد نمی نویسه ولی خوب ژرمینال یه چیز دیگه بود

  • Sam
    2019-05-16 23:57

    Started off brilliant, but the book itself seemed to get tired fairly quickly and the ending seemed rushed.

  • David Margetts
    2019-05-09 18:11

    Typical Zola, an intriguing tale of treachery, slander, manipulation, politics, religion, jealousy, gossip and strained relationships in 19th century small town France. The book continues the wonderfully written Rougon / Macquart series, this time returning to Plassans, and depicting the arrival of the mysterious Abbe Faujas..the impact of which means life will never be the same again for the town or its feuding residents! Zola captures completely the culture and essence of life in rural France to the extent you can imagine yourself transported there.

  • Gláucia Renata
    2019-05-05 17:03

    Publicado em 1874 é o quarto volume da série dos Rougon-Macquart.A ação é centrada na família formada por Marta (Rougon) e Francisco Mouret e seus 3 filhos: Octávio, Sérgio e Desidéria. O primeiro será protagonista no "Paraíso das Damas" e o segundo em "O Pecado do Padre Mouret".O casal recebe como inquilino o ambicioso e enigmático padre Faujas e sua mãe. É evidente que os dois, cheios de segredos e bem discretos estão cheios de segundas intenções em cima da família Mouret e o padre ambiciona uma posição de destaque na sociedade de Plassans, onde o lado político em que a pessoa se encontra e seus contatos faz toda a diferença.O livro é muito interessante em mostrar o jogo de interesses, as manobras políticas, a manipulação dos envolvidos e a hipocrisia que caracterizam a sociedade de uma cidade provinciana.Histórico de leitura19/02/20172% (9 de 480)"Desidéria bateu palmas. Era uma garota de quatorze anos, encorpara para a sua idade, e que tinha um riso de rapariguinha de cinco anos."