The Jolly Parisiennes and Other Novelettes


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“The Jolly Parisiennes” by Émile Zola is a very clever, brilliant and interesting romance of a “grande passion” with an undercurrent of political intrigue. The plot is ingenious both in conception and execution, while the tone of the novel is exceedingly bright and vivacious. A peculiar phase of Parisian society is most agreeably dealt with. The heroines, Louise Neigeon and Berthe Gaucheraud, are very jolly ladies indeed, but they never forget that they are ladies, even in their merriest and most eccentric moods. They are handsome, graceful and captivating, tempering their seeming recklessness with the refinement of education and luxury. No wonder the young provincial hero, George de Vaugelade, was bewildered in their society and utterly lost his head. The other characters are a Countess with well-attended receptions; Felix Budin, a rather blasé young Parisian; Gaucheraud, a fat politician; and Monsieur Neigeon, a shadowy Deputy. “The Jolly Parisiennes” is a novel that everybody will read and relish. Several other novelettes by Zola are also in the volume. They are in the genuine Zola style, strong and interesting every one of them. - Summary by the Publisher (8 hr 46 min)

Chapters

The Jolly Parisiennes - I. Two Charmers 16:22 Read by MaryAnn
The Jolly Parisiennes - II. Salon and Theatre 14:29 Read by MaryAnn
The Jolly Parisiennes - III. The Maisons-Laffitte Races 15:49 Read by MaryAnn
The Jolly Parisiennes - IV. In the Volubilis Bower 12:18 Read by MaryAnn
The Jolly Parisiennes - V. The Reward 10:15 Read by MaryAnn
Mademoiselle Flavie - I. A Startling Proposition 18:23 Read by Lisa Reichert
Mademoiselle Flavie - II. Mademoiselle Flavie 14:21 Read by Lisa Reichert
Mademoiselle Flavie - III. A Spoiled Triumph 19:41 Read by Lisa Reichert
Mademoiselle Flavie - IV. Treachery 17:29 Read by Lisa Reichert
Mademoiselle Flavie - V. Won at Last 6:14 Read by Lisa Reichert
Nais, the Brunette - I. Frédéric 13:41 Read by KHand
Nais, the Brunette - II. Frédéric and Nais 13:58 Read by KHand
Nais, the Brunette - III. Discovered 14:02 Read by KHand
Nais, the Brunette - IV. Murderous Attempts 13:36 Read by KHand
Nais, the Brunette - V. The Landslip 11:54 Read by KHand
Madame Chabre - I. Hector 14:34 Read by Michele Fry
Madame Chabre - II. The Swimmers 14:39 Read by Michele Fry
Madame Chabre - III. Estelle's Enjoyments 15:11 Read by Michele Fry
Madame Chabre - IV. Shrimping 15:13 Read by Michele Fry
Madame Chabre - V. The Castelli Rocks 16:19 Read by Michele Fry
Margot's Gallant - I. The Mahés and the Floches 18:04 Read by Indu Nair
Margot's Gallant - II. The Strange Catch 20:58 Read by Indu Nair
Margot's Gallant - III. Tasting the Drink 19:16 Read by Indu Nair
Margot's Gallant - IV. More Jollification 17:44 Read by Indu Nair
Margot's Gallant - V. General Happiness 14:06 Read by Indu Nair
Marguerite - I. Alive in Death 12:21 Read by Brandon Weston
Marguerite - II. The Last Hope 14:05 Read by Brandon Weston
Marguerite - III. The Funeral 13:26 Read by Brandon Weston
Marguerite - IV. Buried Alive 15:28 Read by Brandon Weston
Marguerite - V. Back from the Grave 9:58 Read by Brandon Weston
The Soldier's Dreams 23:24 Read by KHand
The Fast 12:38 Read by KHand
The Marquise's Shoulders 7:14 Read by KHand
My Neighbor Jacques 8:15 Read by KHand
Big Michu 11:47 Read by Beth Thomas
A Strange Philosopher 7:33 Read by Beth Thomas
Out of Work 11:57 Read by Beth Thomas