Sometimes difficult to read (maybe translation?), the plot really carries this one through. Overall, it's a satisfying a gratifying read - one with an ironic ending that the reader will appreciate, in spite of how he or she feels about the main character.
From Library Journal
This rather risque novel?for 1880 that is?tells the story of ruthless protagonist Nana's rise from the gutter to the height of Parisian society. The book's heavy allusion to sexual favors caused it to be denounced as pornography upon publication, which, of course, made it a big hit.
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