Pages from the Goncourt Journals, Paperback
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 472 pages, Illustrations
  • Publisher: The New York Review of Books, Inc
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Diaries, letters & journals
  • ISBN: 9781590171905



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I started reading this as research, and immediately found myself taking a distaste to the petty, bitchy, jealous, and frequently mean-spirited Goncourt brothers. Then I got to the section on Jules' death... then the war... then the siege... I've rarely read anything so heartbreaking. I had always heard about the siege, "they had to eat the animals in the zoo." That by itself is striking enough, but I don't think I'd ever fully imagined it until I read Edmond's funny/painful description of a butcher selling off chunks of elephant.

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