L'Assommoir by Émile Zola (1840 - 1902)


  • 25 - Chapter VI, part two

25 - Chapter VI, part two

Thursday 1st January 1970

Listen to this episode of L'Assommoir by Émile Zola on and explore the harsh and uncompromising 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

In time, with the throbbing of her pulse, she had the feeling that this hammering was driving something deep inside of her, something solid, something hard as the iron of the bolt.
Émile Zola, the most important exemplar of the literary school of naturalism, was a French writer known for his unique ability to capture the harsh realities of life in his writing. In this episode of L'Assommoir, the seventh novel in the Les Rougon-Macquart series, Zola explores the devastating effects of alcoholism and poverty in the working-class districts of Paris.
Chapter VI, part two, follows the competition between two men, Gouget and Accurate, as they pound on bolts to pay court to Gervaise. The episode delves into their relationship and Gervaise's delicate behavior. It also highlights the weight of clothes and the significance of the bolt. Listen to the episode now on and explore the impact of L'Assommoir on literature and society.