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Dec 13, 1999 07:37 PM

The Belly Of Paris

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I am desperately seeking an English language copy of Emil Zola's THE BELLY OF PARIS (Le Ventre de Paris), said to be an encompassing tale of a food inspector in Paris' Les Halles. I have had no success with the usual suspects: Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Book Search etc.--and I'm definitely NOT looking for a $180 first edition--a tattered, dog eared paperback would do just fine. Any help?

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  1. Anthony---you left this same message this morning, and received some good replies. Is something going on with your browser, not letting you see it further down the "general topics" list?

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    1. Perhaps this is too obvious, but have you rummaged through the two Strand stores?

      1. I looked the thing up on alibris, bookfinder, and bibliofind (my favorite), with the admitted objective of snaking one for myself if there happened to be a couple. And everybody wanted more than $200, for a paperback (even the soiled ones) printed in 1994! How limited an edition is it?

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        1. re: Al Pastor

          I looked at the copy on bibliofind: it's a 1st edition of the Sun & Moon Press edition which, as I mentioned in an earlier post, seems to be still in print for a mere $14.95. (I think this thread bifurcated & my post got lost in the shuffle.) It looks like you can order a copy online.

          No chow content, but also a good read is Zola's "The Ladies' Paradise," about department stores in 19th century Paris.