And we know from his letters that he read this. What must he have thought when Brother Archangias kept pulling the ear of Vincent , the altar boy with the unruly red hair? And what thought must have spawned in the artist's unruly mind when he read how Jeanbernat, Albine's grandfather, stood behind Archangias in church? As Father Mouret was finishing his prayers, he calmly pulled a knife from his pocket, opened it, and chopped off the friar's ear.
View all 5 comments. It follows the previous book, The Conquest of Plassans. In this book, Zola's attack with violence and Catholicism, especially in celibacy, which is the main theme of the novel. And on this subject, Zola is clearly explicit: Returning to the narrative itself: Serge is twenty five years. Ordained a priest, he exercises his ministry in a small poor village, not too far from his hometown of Plassans. There, the young priest feels isolated, alone.
He lives as a hermit. With time, he feels rising in him the call of the senses. He tries to repress this call. That desire becomes even more vivid in contact with farmers living naturally and daughters to free enough manners. At this stage, the priest is torn between his natural desires and their education and training at the seminar.
It becomes very stressed. This condition makes it very ill.
Being at the threshold of death, he was entrusted by his uncle Pascal Dr , an atheist, Jean Bernat and his niece Albine. They live in a property to the abandonment called the Paradou. In this atmosphere and this environment, Serge gets better and better. Alongside of Albine, Serge takes taste to life. Silence, quiet, lush vegetation surrounding them are like Serge and Albine live in a paradise. They know physical love and are both happy. They know, finally, happiness. Their love is carnal and not spiritual love! Serge finds his balance. But this happiness will not last because the Archangias reminds his brother Serge his priestly duties and the strength to leave Albine.
The priest returned obediently his parish, and all desire is extinguished in him. Unfortunately, Albine commits suicide in that she sees her lover took a one way ticket! View all 4 comments. Feb 20, Mikey B.
I have read other works by Zola Germinal and thoroughly enjoyed them. But, not this one. Why I endured pages is beyond me. The book is divided into three sections and the first part is very good. It is the psycho-sexual-religious struggle of a young priest, Mouret, in a small French village.
This part of the story has a good setting with interactive characters. Zola takes direct aim through-out at the repressive sexual codes of the Roman Catholic Church — as well as their icons the Virgin I have read other works by Zola Germinal and thoroughly enjoyed them. Zola takes direct aim through-out at the repressive sexual codes of the Roman Catholic Church — as well as their icons the Virgin Mary, the Crucifix The second part is an Adam and Eve fable where our young priest is placed in a vast garden to de-contaminate and de-program him from the cult of the Roman Catholic Church.
There are endless tedious passages of every flower, vine, trail, tree, branch, leaf and shrub in this Adam and Eve garden. Over one hundred pages of floral descriptions - granted a few are erotically titillating. In this garden our couple — Mouret and Albine — are completely isolated from the village where Mouret was the priest.
We get the idea after a few paragraphs. It is strained with an endless flow of anti-ecclesiastical themes.
Over one hundred pages of floral descriptions - granted a few are erotically titillating. So, how did one of the greatest novelists of all time handle the inexorable sexual act between these two crazy kids? Save this for later. In fact, this is probably the simplest plot of any Zola novel that I've read. This book defies convention and description.
Of interest is that this very anti-Catholic novel was written in For this, Zola was neither murdered nor vilified. As we know, there are some parts of the world today where people who speak out against religion are not so fortunate. This story is just too excessive and overstated. It becomes strained and is way too long. It could have been a good short-story. Aug 19, Hiba Arrame rated it it was ok. Apr 12, Fabien rated it did not like it. This may have to be one wherein I'm satisfied to complete my education of it by reading the Introductory Notes, and other readers' reviews.
I'm beginning to wonder why, now, I ever began this onerous task, for I am realizing that Zola was not quite the writer I thought he was. While his technical and artistic skills are not in question, I am left completely nonplussed in terms 5. While his technical and artistic skills are not in question, I am left completely nonplussed in terms of his message. To date, I don't much care to read about his opinions, his views of the world.
Except for Nana, I've avoided Zola my entire reading life, and now I'm beginning to think that my better angels kept me away from him, with good purpose. This particular one brought me to a shrieking halt on page Having survived all the repressed sexuality, the long, feverish religious ecstasies, the peep-show quality of Zola's opinion of the priesthood, and Catholicism generally, I was utterly defeated when Serge " For some reason, this particular phrase brought the bile gorging and I just couldn't read another word.
While the Rougon Macquart series may well be interpreted as Zola's opinion of corrupt, debased and debauched humanity, I'm beginning to see it more as the ramblings of a diseased mind: I think that Zola, more than most, might have benefitted from a few months on Sigmund's chaise longue. In English translation, Patrey. The weirdest Rougon-Macquart novel I've read so far. We get to live in Mouret's head most of the no In English translation, Patrey. We get to live in Mouret's head most of the novel, which is pretty cool.
Some highlights include plants coming to life, barn animals eating each other, and grand religious visions of the Virgin Mary and of Mother Nature tearing down Mouret's church. And there's a wonderful homage to Reservoir Dogs that I can't bring myself to spoil for y'all. But definitely the least 'scientific' and most 'hierophanic' of the Rougon-Macquart I've dealt with thus far.
And I like that the priest is a person instead of a trope. This one is quite different to the others I have read in the series. Having been used to Zola's descriptive language of people and places, and his love of being direct, this novel is more of a blink and you miss it - the "transgression" that is.
I'm not sure if it's because of the subject matter in a highly religious country or not, but it's not a highly critical novel of the Catholic faith, more of a sympathetic look at the effect and consequences of Abbe Mourets decision to join the priesthood This one is quite different to the others I have read in the series. I'm not sure if it's because of the subject matter in a highly religious country or not, but it's not a highly critical novel of the Catholic faith, more of a sympathetic look at the effect and consequences of Abbe Mourets decision to join the priesthood at a young age.
View all 11 comments. Dec 09, Marie rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book is my favorite in the series so far. Feb 24, Mark rated it it was amazing. One more down in my quest to read all 20 of zola's Rougon-Macquart saga. Zola mixes the themes of love and life beautifully. Abbe Mouret oversees an impoverished church in the small town of Les Artaud. While not swimming in money or parishioners, abbe mouret is rich in faith. He professes his undying love to a statue of the virgin mary. Full Cast and Crew.
When he falls down and loses his memory, he is nursed back to health by Albine, the beautiful carefree niece of French Movies Want to Watch. Share this Rating Title: The Demise of Father Mouret 6. Use the HTML below. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. Photos Add Image Add an image Do you have any images for this title? Learn more More Like This. The Moment of Peace. Thomas the Impostor Spotlight on a Murderer Head Against the Wall Eyes Without a Face Get to Know Us.
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