Pages from the Goncourt Journals Paperback
Edited by Robert Baldick
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 472 pages, Illustrations
- Publisher: The New York Review of Books, Inc
- Publication Date: 21/01/2007
- Category: Diaries, letters & journals
- ISBN: 9781590171905
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Review by amydross
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.