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Disregard the blabbermouth Cameron Kennedy
on March 19, 2006
"Nana", the exquisite novel by Emile Zola, being the ninth volume in his Rougon-Macquart cycle, is by far the one book that solidified M. Zola's reputation as a naturalist. His almost life-like prose that excells in evoking vast croud scenes and near-realistic settings make the novel so realistic that I felt I was right in front of the action taking place. The decadence of the Second Empire has been well portrayed by the courtesan Nana, a tart who swallows the wealth of the aristocrats who fall for her. The novel is also very symmetical with the rise and fall of Nana, depicting Nana the actress in the first past and the prostitute in the second. Written in clear prose, this work is A must read for all those lovers of 19th century french literature.
One advice: do NOT be misled by the words of cranks and scribblers who defame books so barbarously...they know NOTHING and are BLIND to good qualities of such works of art. Cameron Kennerdy is a such good-for-nothing that all must keep away from. Listen to me, a student of Bio-psychological Sciences and a patron of the arts.