Pot Luck

Pot Luck Review

Pot Luck, Zola's most acerbic satire, describes daily life in a newly constructed block of flats in late nineteenth-century Paris. In examining the contradictions that pervade bourgeois life, Zola reveals a multitude of betrayals and depicts a veritable 'melting pot' of moral and sexual degeneracy. This new translation captures the robustness of Zola's language and restores the omissions of earlier abridged versions.

Title:Pot Luck
Edition Language:English

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    Pot Luck Reviews

  • E. G.

    IntroductionTranslator's NoteSelect BibliographyA Chronology of Émile Zola--Pot LuckExplanatory Notes...

  • Greg Brozeit

    Zola again writes with contempt and, at times, dark humor about the duplicity of all parts of society during the Second Empire. I can't think of one sympathetic or likeable character—much like his n...

  • MJ Nicholls

    A prototypical bedroom farce. The bible for 1970s British comedy scriptwriters. ...

  • Elizabeth (Alaska)

    I expected to like this and I was not disappointed. I did not read the new translation by Brian Nelson, but the description given for his translation aptly describes the basis for the story. Zola call...

  • Lisa

    Well, here we are at No 7 in the recommended reading order for those wanting to read Zola’s Rougon-Macquart cycle of novels. It’s Pot-Bouille, written in 1882 and translated variously as Pot Luck,...

  • Ilana

    Librairie Générale Française (1974), Mass Market Paperback, 510 pages (French Edition)Original publication date: 1882I was rather amused to find that in the introduction to this cheap, badly printe...

  • Sam

    Filthy! I feel like I need a shower. Was looking forward to the next one I'm planning to read, The Ladies' Paradise, but if vapid, eternally desperate Octave is the main character...bleh. I'm sure Zol...

  • Sotiris Karaiskos

    Continuing our tour of the French society of the second empire we reach a strange category of people. Members of the bourgeoisie, with aristocratic behavior, strong moral principles and a dignified ap...

  • Phrodrick

    In the French Second Empire Middle Class respectability is not that respectableAnd that is about all you need to know about Emile Zola’s Pot Luck. There is a certain sympathy for the Catholic Father...

  • J.M. Hushour

    "Pot Luck", according to a reviewer in Le Temps Moderne, was Zola's "all-about-the-fuckin'" installment of his 20-volume Les Rougons-Macquart chronicle. And there is plenty of fuckin'. In fact, the ov...