Saturday, September 1

Belly of Paris by Emile Zola

Belly of Paris by Emile Zola

The sights and sounds of Les Halles in Paris complete with the smells of fresh fish, butchered meat, fresh vegetables and fruits and fresh baked french beauties. Emile Zola took me on this amazing journey into Paris of around 1860 and into the day to day lives of Parisiens. It is about Florence Quenu (a political prisoner from Guyana who escapes) who returns to Paris and is reunited with half-brother who runs a charcuterie with his wife. The story, despite the apparent lack of plot, takes you through a journey of how people's reactions to a stranger in their town. The rumors that are spread, the complaints that are made, the love affairs that are kindled- all by this one stranger in their town!

And if you like a book that includes food as a major part of the story- this one is definitely for you.

Read it- today!

Two thumbs from me...