Germinie Lacerteux

Germinie Lacerteux

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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, in a story that paints a vision of 19th-century Paris haunted by poverty, death, and despair. In the service of Mlle de Varandeuil, Germinie realizes 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 mold 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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  • Paperback | 200 pages
  • 127 x 203.2mm | 453.59g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1843911949
  • 9781843911944

About Goncourt Edmond De

The Goncourt brothers, Edmond de Goncourt (1822–1896) and Jules de Goncourt (1830–1870), were French naturalist writers who inspired authors including Émile Zola and established France’s most prestigious literary prize, the Prix Goncourt. Anthony Cummins is the author of Brief Lives: Émile Zola.
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