Pot Luck (Pot-Bouille) Émile Zola (1882) #zoladdiction22

There were two great cracks running right through the paneling on the ceiling, and in one corner the paint had peeled off and was showing the plaster. “You see, these kinds of houses are built for effect. The walls, though, aren’t very solid. The house was only built twelve years ago, and they’re already cracking. …

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The Magician, W. Somerset Maugham (1908)

Sometimes my mind is verily haunted by the desire to see a lifeless substance move under my spells, by the desire to be as God. There is so much to unpack in this novel. Its theme of creating and reanimating life is so immoral, yet the narrative is guiltily compelling. Maugham presents a world of …

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