Read Along With Me Part 1

Yesterday’s wind has dropped, but the incessant rain was much fiercer today. I therefore continued with Germinal.

This work by Emile Zola is widely acclaimed as one of the finest French novels.

There are 7 parts to the book. Because of the number of illustrations and their positions on the pages, offering the opportunity for readers to sample extracts from Zola’s sublime poetic prose as it frames the pictures, I am diverting from my normal practice and publishing these sheets as I work my way along my rereading, leaving my review until the end.

These are the leaves from Part One. As usual, clicking on any illustration will access the gallery facilitating enlargement.

Late this afternoon, although much colder, the skies cleared; the sun emerged to share the cerulean canopy with the moon, and set over the still water-laden Christchurch Road.

This evening we all dined on barbecue spare ribs, and Jackie’s colourful savoury rice with garlic; she drank Hoegaarden, Ian drank Erdinger weisbier, and I drank more of the Nero d’Avola.


    1. She does do that – and takes a book off to a quiet corner herself. Fingers follow the text and she speaks about the pictures – mostly in her own language. Thanks very much, Gwen

  1. Nice photos today, Derrick, I think you guys are getting hit by the same storms that beat up our east coast. Not good. I have no idea what it’s like to drive on the left side of the road having been driving for 46 years.

  2. The torrential rain has only just left us and gone out into the North Sea. What a wet day! Lovely illustrations in your copy of Germinal and a sensible way of dealing with your review. I was interested to see that Havelock Ellis was the translator. I loved the beautiful photos with their blue dusk light!

  3. The illustrations and photos have a beautiful haunting quality. The last photo looks like the branches are holding a brilliant pearl.

  4. The illustrations definitely convey mood(s).
    Your beautiful photos show the sky, moon, and clouds competing with the rain and puddles. Ha. I think the sky and it’s moon and clouds is winning. So gorgeous!
    (((HUGS))) ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  5. You captured some gloomy images today. There’s something about rain soaked roads, tail lights and headlights that appeals to me.
    I think you had another day of more rain than Yorkshire… and that’s saying something.

  6. The book is beautifully illustrated, Derrick.

    Wasn’t the moon beautiful last night? Such a lovely moon after all the rain. That is an interesting mushroom cloud you captured over that house.

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