The Sin of Abbe Mouret

The Sin of Abbe Mouret

Description

'I really don't understand how people can blame a priest so much, when he strays from the path.'

The Sin of AbbA (c) Mouret tells the compelling story of the young priest Serge Mouret. Striving after spiritual purity and sanctity, he lives a life of constant prayer, but his neglect of all physical needs leads to serious illness, followed by amnesia. No longer knowing he is a priest, he falls in love with his nurse Albine. Together, like a latter-day Adam and Eve, they roam through an Eden-like garden called the 'Paradou', seeking a forbidden tree in whose shade they will
make love. Zola memorably shows their gradual awakening to sexuality, and his poetic descriptions of the luxuriant and beautiful Paradou create a lyrical celebration of Nature. When Serge regains his memory and recalls his priestly vows, anguish inevitably follows.

The whole story, with its numerous biblical parallels, becomes a poetic reworking of the Fall of Man and a questioning of the very meaning of innocence and sin. Zola explores the conflict between Church and Nature, the sterility of the Church and the fertility of Nature. This new translation includes a wide-ranging and helpful introduction and explanatory notes.


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Details

Author(s)
Emile Zola, Valerie Minogue
Format
Paperback | 352 pages
Dimensions
128 x 196 x 19mm | 246g
Publication date
01 Nov 2017
Publisher
Oxford University Press
Publication City/Country
Oxford, United Kingdom
Language
English
ISBN10
0198736630
ISBN13
9780198736639
Bestsellers rank
104,643