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L'Assommoir by Émile Zola (1840 - 1902)

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  • 09 - Chapter III, part one

09 - Chapter III, part one

Thursday 1st January 1970

Listen to Chapter III, part one of L'Assommoir by Émile Zola, translated by Ernest A. Visitelli. A study of alcoholism and poverty in the working-class districts of Paris.
17 minutes
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Raw
Eye-opening
Thought-provoking
Educational

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L'Assommoir by Émile Zola (1840 - 1902)
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L'Assommoir: 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.
L'Assommoir, the seventh novel in Émile Zola's Les Rougon-Macquart series, is a harsh and uncompromising study of alcoholism and poverty in the working-class districts of Paris. In Chapter III, part one, we follow the preparations and festivities of Coupeau and Gervaise's wedding. From the short walk and rabbit ragout to the various formalities of the marriage ceremony, the novel paints a vivid picture of the working-class struggle in late-19th century Paris.
The wedding guests, borrowed money, and the scorching sun all add to the chaos of the day, culminating in a party at the Silver Windmill. Zola's unflinching portrayal of the hardships faced by the working-class is both informative and eye-opening, giving readers a glimpse into a world that is often overlooked. Listen to the episode now here on alcoholfree.com and discover the raw and thought-provoking world of L'Assommoir.