Thérèse Raquin

bookshelves: e-book, gutenberg-project, fradio, france, paris, revenge, families, betrayal, play-dramatisation, plague-disease, winter-20132014, tbr-busting-2014, casual-violence, classic, lifestyles-deathstyles, lit-richer, love, ouch, published-1867, radio-4x, noir, psychology

Recommended to ☯Bettie☯ by: Laura
Read from January 27 to 29, 2014

 

Two-part dramatisation by Diana Griffiths of the novel by Emile Zola, set in mid-19th century Paris.

Description: Therese is forced by her aunt to marry her sickly son, Camille. However, upon moving to Paris, she and her lover Laurent conspire to murder Camille so that they may love freely.

Therese …… Charlotte Riley
Laurent …… Andrew Buchan
Camille …… Toby Hadoke
Mme Raquin …… Pauline Jefferson
Michaud …… Rob Pickavance
Suzanne …… Deborah McAndrew

Manager/Assistant …… Carl Cieka
Directed by Pauline Harris.

Whoa – this was dark, almost Dostyoevskian, with all characters just seeing to their needs and calling it love. Shortish too, ~240 pages of eye scorching, murderous pragmatism delivered with panache.

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