L'Assommoir by Émile Zola (1840 - 1902)


  • 35 - Chapter VIII, part two

35 - Chapter VIII, part two

Thursday 1st January 1970

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L'Assommoir by Émile Zola: A Harsh and Uncompromising Study of Alcoholism and Poverty

If they put into practice only half the ideas, it would clean up the social order overnight.
Émile François Zola's L'Assommoir is a harsh and uncompromising study of alcoholism and poverty in the working-class districts of Paris. In the 35th episode of the podcast, LibriVox presents Chapter VIII, part two of the novel, translated by Ernest A. Vizitelli. The chapter focuses on the characters' efforts to renovate a room without incurring any expenses.
While the conversation revolves around the practicalities of the renovation, the characters' reflections on their experiences with poverty and alcoholism offer a deeper understanding of the novel's themes. Through the character of Coupeau, Zola highlights the devastating impact of alcoholism on the lives of working-class individuals. Additionally, the novel's commentary on the social order and the influence of poverty on individuals' lives remains relevant today.
The episode offers an insightful discussion on the novel's key themes and the continued relevance of L'Assommoir today. Listen to the episode now here on