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L'Assommoir by Émile Zola (1840 - 1902)

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23 - Chapter V, part five

Thursday 1st January 1970

Listen to the fifth part of Chapter V of L'Assommoir by Émile Zola, translated by Ernest A Visitelli, where Nana reigns supreme over a host of urchins. Learn about Zola's influential French naturalism literary school and the harsh study of alcoholism and poverty in the working-class districts of Paris.
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L'Assommoir by Émile Zola: A Harsh and Uncompromising Study of Alcoholism and Poverty

It was not right to hit a child as though it were an ox. With a filthy thing like her, there was a regular quarrel.
L'Assommoir by Émile Zola, translated by Ernest A Visitelli, is a harsh and uncompromising study of alcoholism and poverty in the working-class districts of Paris. In the fifth part of Chapter V, Nana reigns supreme over a host of urchins, playing doctor in the dark, viciously finding pleasure in applying remedies to the others by beating them with sticks. Meanwhile, Gervaise's fallout with Madame Bosch and Mother Coupeau reveals the dark side of poverty and the struggle for survival.
Madame Laurier's admiration for Gervaise's care of their mother stirs up trouble with the other sisters, and her magnificent eyes become the talk of the neighbourhood. Despite the harsh realities of life, Gervaise's kindness and punctuality earn her the esteem of her customers. Listen to the episode now here on alcoholfree.com and discover the literary masterpiece of Émile Zola's French naturalism.