The Ladies’ Paradise (Les Rougon-Macquart, #11)
The Ladies Paradise (Au Bonheur des Dames) recounts the rise of the modern department store in late nineteenth-century Paris. The store is a symbol of capitalism, of the modern city, and of the bourgeois family: it is emblematic of changes in consumer culture and the changes in sexual attitudes... show more
The Ladies Paradise (Au Bonheur des Dames) recounts the rise of the modern department store in late nineteenth-century Paris. The store is a symbol of capitalism, of the modern city, and of the bourgeois family: it is emblematic of changes in consumer culture and the changes in sexual attitudes and class relations taking place at the end of the century. This new translation of the eleventh novel in the Rougon-Macquart cycle captures the spirit of one of Zola's greatest works.About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
Publish date: September 1st 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Pages no: 436
Edition language: English
Series: Les Rougon-Macquart (#11)
Only Zola is able to create a masterpiece despite a flat, one-dimensional, saint-like main character and a dull ending.Capitalism doesn't seem to have come a long way in the past 100 or so years and humanity doesn't either.
IntroductionTranslator's NoteSelect BibliographyA Chronology of Émile ZolaMap--The Ladies' ParadiseExplanatory Notes
Denise, rimasta orfana di entrambi i genitori, arriva a Parigi coi due fratellini Jean e Pépé. Raggiunge lo zio Baudu pensando di poter lavorare nella sua merceria, ma lo trova quasi in rovina. Nella stessa situazione sono anche gli altri negozianti del vicinato. Uno dopo l’altro chiudono le loro at...
I imagine a bewildered Emile Zola wandering into the crowds populating that new phenomenon that took Paris merchandising in the 19th century by storm - mass production and the birth of the superstore. He enters through the widely opened arms of polished French doors, having to blink tearily at the b...
One of Zola's better novels. Surprisingly, it has a happy(ish) ending, which, although not normal for Zola, works well. It concerns consumerism and is about the first real department store in Paris. The store exploits its workers, although the grimness of Germinal, is not there. In some ways it ...