L'Assommoir by Émile Zola (1840 - 1902)


  • 03 - Chapter I, part three

03 - Chapter I, part three

Thursday 1st January 1970

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L'Assommoir by Émile Zola (1840 - 1902)
Sobriety Day by Day
Relationships & Community
Sexual Empowerment & Identity
Family Recovery from Addiction
Financial Health in Recovery
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L'Assommoir by Émile Zola: A Harsh and Uncompromising Study of Alcoholism and Poverty

The novel—a harsh and uncompromising study of alcoholism and poverty in the working-class districts of Paris—was a huge commercial success and established Zola’s fame and reputation throughout France and the world.
Émile Zola's L'Assommoir is a novel that remains relevant even today, over a century after its publication. In the third part of Chapter I, the characters' lives are further explored, and the harsh realities of working-class Paris come to light. The youth takes a bucket and brings it back filled with hot water, and the wash-house becomes the backdrop for a conversation on men and their flirtatious tendencies.
The scene is set, and the episode takes a deep-dive into the novel's themes of alcoholism and poverty, exploring the characters' experiences and Zola's writing style. It delves into naturalism as a literary movement and Paris during the Second Empire, providing readers with a rich contextual understanding of the novel's significance. It is a raw and engaging exploration of the realities of poverty and addiction, one that will leave readers with much to ponder.
Listen to the episode now here on and experience the power of Zola's writing for yourself.