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L'Assommoir by Émile Zola (1840 - 1902)

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  • 37 - Chapter VIII, part four

37 - Chapter VIII, part four

Thursday 1st January 1970

Listen to the latest episode of the LibriVox podcast as they delve into Émile Zola's L'Assommoir and its uncompromising study of alcoholism and poverty in 19th-century Paris.
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L'Assommoir by Émile Zola (1840 - 1902)
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Exploring Alcoholism and Poverty in Émile Zola's L'Assommoir

It was hard to understand a man so hard to please.
In the latest episode of the LibriVox podcast, the hosts delve into Émile Zola's L'Assommoir, a novel that paints a harsh and unflinching picture of alcoholism and poverty in the working-class districts of 19th-century Paris. The episode focuses on Chapter VIII, part four, in which the characters Coupeau and Lantier indulge in their drinking habits, leading to a disastrous outcome.
Through the lens of this story, the hosts explore the societal issues of the time and the literary style and influence of Zola. The Rougon-Macquart series, of which L'Assommoir is a part, is also discussed in detail. Overall, the episode offers a thought-provoking and honest look at a powerful work of literature that continues to resonate with readers today. Listen to the full episode now here on alcoholfree.com and explore the complexities of Zola's masterful storytelling.