The Ladies' Paradise (Les Rougon-Macquart, #11)
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.
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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 ...
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