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The Belly of Paris Summary
Émile Zola

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Plot Summary

In December of 1851, Florent Quenu finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. Wrongly accused of participating in a plot to overthrow the government, Florent Quenu is deported to Devil's Island in Dutch Guiana. Eventually, Florent escapes from Devil's Island and makes his way back to Paris. Émile Zola's novel, The Belly of Paris, begins shortly after Florent returns to France. Riding into Paris in the back of a large produce wagon, emaciated and exhausted, the streets are unfamiliar to him and everywhere the character casts his eyes, Florent is surrounded by food. Consumerism in definitely on the rise in the Empire and throughout the course of the novel, Florent finds this penchant for devouring goods and services progressively more sickening and disappointing.

Eventually, Florent is reunited with his brother Quenu and Quenu's family. Florent settles into the bourgeois lifestyle rather uncomfortably, taking a job as...

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