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L'Assommoir by Émile Zola (1840 - 1902)

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  • 21 - Chapter V, part three

21 - Chapter V, part three

Thursday 1st January 1970

Explore the seventh novel in the Les Rougon-Macquart series, L'Assommoir by Émile Zola. This episode delves into the harsh realities of alcoholism and poverty in working-class Paris.
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A Harsh Study of Alcoholism and Poverty in L'Assommoir by Émile Zola

The long kiss they exchanged on each other's mouths in the midst of the filth of the laundresses' trade was perhaps the first tumble in the slow downfall of their life together.
In this episode, the podcast explores the seventh novel in Émile Zola's Les Rougon-Macquart series, L'Assommoir. The hosts delve into the harsh realities of alcoholism and poverty in working-class Paris, as depicted through the characters of Madame Bichard, Clemence, and Madame Pitoy. The laundry scene is particularly significant, shedding light on the daily struggles of these women. The kiss between Gervais and Coupeau is also analyzed, with reflections on the slow downfall of their life together.
This thought-provoking episode offers a raw and honest exploration of the darker side of humanity, making it a must-listen for fans of Zola's naturalism and those interested in the plight of the working class in 19th century France. Listen to the full episode now here on alcoholfree.com.