The Kill – Émile Zola

It’s not a massively cheery book. The three main characters are caught up in the material world of Paris as it is redeveloped under Haussman. Saccard is on a mission to become rich as quickly as mpossible by diddling the government and others as much as he can without being caught, Maxime is on a lifelong quest for pleasure, no matter how corrupt, and Renée is on a quest for self-destruction.

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