L'Assommoir by Émile Zola (1840 - 1902)


  • 29 - Chapter VII, part one

29 - Chapter VII, part one

Thursday 1st January 1970

Discover the seventh novel in Émile Zola's Les Rougon-Macquart series: L'Assommoir. Librivox's 29th Chapter VII, Part One explores Gervaise's saints' day.
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L'Assommoir: A Harsh and Uncompromising Study of Alcoholism and Poverty in Paris

"It was simply a way of making themselves out very poor and of not giving you your five francs."
Émile Zola's naturalism literary style is brought to life in the seventh novel of his Les Rougon-Macquart series: L'Assommoir. This novel is a harsh and uncompromising study of alcoholism and poverty in the working-class districts of Paris. In LibriVox's 29th Chapter VII, Part One, listeners are transported into the celebration of Gervaise's saints' day. The feast provides an opportunity for Gervaise to reconcile with her former employer, the Boches, and to navigate the tension between herself and Lantier.
This article delves into the themes of alcoholism and poverty that are central to the novel and the impact of societal attitudes towards women. It explores the intricacies of family dynamics in Gervaise's household, including her role as a mother, wife, and working-class woman. Listen to the episode now on and discover the power of Émile Zola's naturalism in L'Assommoir.