The writer George Sand, who visited the area in the mid-nineteenth century, told of the suffocating stench she encountered in one such hut, where every piece of clothing and every item of food was hung from the ceiling, sweat-soaked hose and rotting sausage alike. While compiling my thoughts on this book, I also changed my opinion on its rating, sending it from a 3 to a 3. Neuvy had once been famous for its pottery, but mass production had killed the craft. When Baptiste arrived in Paris, he settled in the twelfth arrondissement, just as the semifictional Antoine did in the thirteenth. In 1889, having perhaps become careless about contraception, they had another daughter, to whom they gave the much more fashionable name Germaine. It is extremely interesting and very well researched, and provides a wealth of detail, not only about Violette, her crime and her parents, but also about changes in society as a whole during the interwar period that may have had a bearing on the outcome of the case, or at least in the public perception.
His mother had died by the time he reached adulthood, and his sister, Marie-Juliette, five years his junior, figured nowhere in his life. The Hézards had lived in Neuvy for generations, as had other large local peasant families, such as the Boutrons and the Desbouis. Located next to Burgundy, the area traditionally boasted great wine; vine growers still assembled every year in Neuvy to celebrate their patron, Saint Vincent, by ceremonially sucking on a Gamay-soaked vine stock and partying their way though a hundred-liter barrel over a couple of days. Why might a seemingly respectable little mademoiselle from a 'nice' bourgeois family want to poison her maman et papa at the breakfast table? When she was eighteen she persuaded her parents to take poison explaining that it was medicine that has been given to them by the doctor to fix the family's syphilis. She was four months pregnant when the couple married in their Paris neighborhood on August 17, 1914, two weeks after France entered the war.
Modern smartphones and computers can read files of any format. The men were railroad employees, office workers, electricians and plumbers, shopkeepers. Maza gorgeously weaves together social history, crime culture, gender theory, and thorough research. Yet another reason to have a single child was a severe lack of space, a common problem in Paris at this time. Some of them married girls from the Auvergne. There exist very few cultural histories of the interwar years.
If you follow the Loire River several hundred miles south from Neuvy, upstream, you get to the part of Auvergne called the Haute-Loire, in the heart of France's central mountain range, the Massif Central. A Neighborhood in Paris 2. Combining a neatly suspenseful account of Violette's crime and its consequences with a richly layered cultural history. The policy of giving rail workers access to urban gardens was either a progressive contribution to worker well-being or yet another canny form of paternalistic control. It would have been hard not to, unless Baptiste was enough of a true believer to heed the Communist Party's call to boycott the extravaganza. Baptiste loved his garden, loved cultivating vegetables and with them, no doubt, his memories of a hamlet in the mountains of central France.
Baptiste built his career in his twenties, rising through the ranks from mechanic to the coveted, well-paid position of engine driver. Railway companies were good to their employees for self-interested reasons. Much of this book reads like a sociology textbook carefully examining the new emerging class system in France the rise of a middle class , the role of women in society, the evolution of journalism and the attitudes of the french criminal justice system at the time. Noziere then went out for the evening and when she returned to the flat she found her parents inert bodies. Letters to the Judge 7. Her parents believed this and Nozière continued to subsidise her life style.
A Water Lily on a Heap of Coal 9. Baptiste's job saved him from the killing fields of World War I. Letters to the Judge 7. Maza gorgeously weaves together social history, crime culture, gender theory, and thorough research. Here Baptiste was born in 1885 in a village called Prades. As a young woman she was indulged by her parents and she led a life subsidised by occasional prostitution. Nozière persuaded a doctor to certify that she was still a virgin in order to persuade her parents that her disease was hereditary.
To understand the motives behind this crime and the reasons for its extraordinary impact, Sarah Maza delves into the abundant case records, re-creating the daily existence of Parisians whose lives were touched by the affair. Antoine spent a few years rusticated in the small city of Tours doing maintenance and repairs before he was sent, as was Baptiste, to headquarters in Paris. A brief review cannot convey the elegance and persuasiveness of Maza's version of this famous case. From May to November 1931, the Bois de Vincennes, barely a mile from their apartment, was the site of Paris's huge International Colonial Exposition, timed to coincide with the centennial of France's conquest of Algeria. A railway ran past Prades and Saint-Julien, just as it did by Neuvy. Their daughter was an only child until nineteen years later. Our sort don't really get it, they don't tell us what's really going on.
This was quite a scandalous affair in the France of the 1930s, but I found it a bit dry, although I suspect that the scholarship was as good as one could hope for when so little was established as to whether Violette was guilty or innocent. Training a man for the specialized work involved in the running of trains was a long and expensive process, and worker instability had to be avoided for reasons of cost. It would seem surprising that such a specialized moment would warrant a hefty book, but it is quite an interesting historical jaunt. This compulsively readable book brilliantly evokes the texture of life in 1930s Paris. Baptiste was probably a good student in elementary school, and someone-more likely the schoolteacher than his illiterate father-must have helped him secure a scholarship to continue his postelementary studies in a nearby town in the specialized Arts and Crafts Arts et Métiers School, which prepared students for the lower end of the technical professions; Baptiste trained initially as a locksmith.
The result is both a fascinating case history—Greek tragedy rewritten as seedy policier—and a chilling glimpse into the less salubrious aspects of French lower middle-class life between the wars. There was nothing unusual about a poor peasant couple inviting men of higher status-literate folks with enviable jobs-to serve as witnesses, but it is also tempting to see in these choices a harbinger of Baptiste's later trajectory. If the server does not provide a quick download, then we remove it from the list. Why would the beloved only child of respectable parents do such a thing? Why might a seemingly respectable little mademoiselle from a 'nice' bourgeois family want to poison her maman et papa at the breakfast table? A tiny entrance hall opened to the right onto a front room taken up by a dining-room set-table, chairs, and sideboard-in the heavy, faux-Renaissance style popular then in the middle classes fig. A bold and imaginative story, Violette Noziand 232;re opens an unexpected and revealing window onto interwar Parisian life. About the Author Sarah Maza is Jane Long Professor of Arts and Sciences and Professor of History at Northwestern University. When Germaine was eighteen and still living with her parents, she was a seamstress, probably taking in commissions at home.
Belleville, la Goutte d'Or, and other northern districts had earned a place in the mythology of revolution when their most radical inhabitants poured south to reclaim the city during the Paris Commune of 1871, eventually setting aflame monuments in the heart of Paris. This time is necessary for searching and sorting links. In 1933, eighteen year old, Violette Noziere murdered her father and almost murdered her mother by slipping them poison. A bold and imaginative story, Violette Nozière opens an unexpected and revealing window onto interwar Parisian life. That was not to be the case for Violette Nozière.