Germinal Author:Emile Zola, Translator: L.W. Tancock Classic translation of French novel dealing with workers in 1800's France. Now considered not only a classic novel, but also a sociological document of its time.
If you've ever wanted to say you read a classic French novel, but have always found it too painful, try Zola's classic. Beautifully written story full of humanity and desperation but also courage. Easy to see why it's stood the test of time.