The Earth by Émile Zola

The book is a naturalistic novel that delves into the harsh realities of peasant life in 19th-century France. It portrays the struggles of the rural community through the lens of the Fouan family, who are grappling with inheritance disputes and the encroachment of modernity on traditional farming practices. The narrative exposes the brutality, greed, and sexual licentiousness that lurk beneath the veneer of pastoral simplicity, painting a grim picture of human nature and the social upheavals of the time. The novel's unflinching depiction of life's darker aspects is a testament to the author's commitment to exploring the human condition in its most raw and unvarnished form.

The 5204th greatest book of all time


Published
1887
Nationality
French
Type
Fiction
Pages
Unknown
Words
200,000
Original Language
French

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