The Mysteries of Paris - Volume 1


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(4.1 stars; 17 reviews)

The Mysteries of Paris (French: Les Mystères de Paris) is a novel by Eugène Sue which was published serially in Journal des débats from June 19, 1842 until October 15, 1843. Les Mystères de Paris singlehandedly increased the circulation of Journal des débats.

There has been lots of talk on the origins of the French novel of the 19th century: Stendhal, Balzac, Dumas, Gautier, Sand or Hugo. One often forgets Eugène Sue. Still, The Mysteries of Paris occupies a unique space in the birth of this literary genre: it entranced thousands of readers for more than a year (even illiterates who had episodes read to them) and was also a major work in the formation of a certain form of social consciousness. One often hears that the 1848 revolution was partly born in the pages of the Mysteries of Paris or, more appropriately, that the Mysteries of Paris helped create a climate which allowed the 1848 revolution to occur.

The hero of the novel is the mysterious and distinguished Rodolphe, who is really the Grand Duke of Gérolstein (a fictional country) but is disguised as a Parisian worker. Rodolphe can speak in argot, is extremely strong and a good fighter. Yet he also shows great compassion for the lower classes, good judgment, and a brilliant mind. He can navigate all layers of society in order to understand their problems, and to understand how the different social classes are linked.

Rodolphe is accompanied by his friends Sir Walter Murph, an Englishman, and David, a gifted black doctor, formerly a slave.

The first figures they meet are Le Chourineur and La Goualeuse. Rodolphe saves La Goualeuse from Le Chourineur's brutality, and saves Le Chourineur from himself, knowing that the man still has some good in him. La Goualeuse is a prostitute, and Le Chourineur is a former butcher who has served 15 years in prison for murder. Both characters are grateful for Rodolphe's assistance, as are many other characters in the novel.

(11 hr 15 min)

Chapters

Chapter 01 - The Tapis-Franc 16:22 Read by Cori Samuel
Chapter 02 - The Ogress 25:07 Read by Nadine Eckert-Boulet
Chapter 03 - History of La Goualeuse 31:06 Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)
Chapter 04 - The Chourineur's History 23:21 Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)
Chapter 05 - The Arrest 15:02 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 06 - Thomas Seyton and the Countess Sarah 12:14 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 07 - "Your Money or your Life" 10:58 Read by Saab
Chapter 08 - The Walk 19:18 Read by JimOCR
Chapter 09 - The Surprise 15:56 Read by JimOCR
Chapter 10 - Castles in the Air 39:28 Read by JimOCR
Chapter 11 - Murphy and Rodolphe 34:00 Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)
Chapter 12 - The Rendez-vous 22:40 Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)
Chapter 13 - Preparations 11:29 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 14 - The Bleeding Part 14:45 Read by Elizabeth Klett
Chapter 15 - The Vault 12:03 Read by Ernst Pattynama
Chapter 16 - The Sick-Nurse 35:28 Read by JimOCR
Chapter 17 - The Punishment 36:15 Read by JimOCR
Chapter 18 - The Isle Adam 12:57 Read by JimOCR
Chapter 19 - Recompense 18:20 Read by JimOCR
Chapter 20 - The Departure 7:37 Read by Hokuspokus
Chapter 21 - Researches 42:32 Read by Gilles G. Le Blanc
Chapter 22 - History of David and Cecily 24:22 Read by manofwealth
Chapter 23 - A House in the Rue du Temple - part 1 24:05 Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)
Chapter 23 - A House in the Rue du Temple - part 2 45:12 Read by Andy Minter (1934-2017)
Chapter 24 - The Four Stories 23:22 Read by Chris Caron
Chapter 25 - Tom and Sarah - part 1 31:36 Read by Cori Samuel
Chapter 25 - Tom and Sarah - part 2 15:21 Read by Lyn Silva
Chapter 26 - The Ball 54:12 Read by JimOCR

Reviews

Urban Adventure

(5 stars)

An amusing story and well written. Every reader was excellent. I cant help but wonder what some of these complaining reviewers are doing here. It seems they'd better suited watching a Marvel movie.

Patchy delivery

(3 stars)

very Avery entertaining story (remeniscent of Hogo's "Les Miserables) ruined by unintelligible accents and poor recordings Not allreaders ate culpable, indeed, some are excellent. It is worth persevering with the bad bits for the sake of a decent narrative.

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(3 stars)

Fairly interesting story, though it relies on ridiculous coincidences for the plot. too much description at times, lots could have been cut out. some of the readers are unclear and some cannot pronounce French names at all.