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L'Assommoir by Émile Zola (1840 - 1902)

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42 - Chapter IX, part four

Thursday 1st January 1970

In this episode, LibriVox presents Chapter IX, part four of L'Assommoir by Émile Zola. The novel is a 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

Even though I should have to sell myself, I shall not have anything to reproach myself with.
L'Assommoir by Émile Zola is a novel that portrays the harsh and uncompromising reality of alcoholism and poverty in the working-class districts of Paris. In this episode of the podcast, LibriVox presents Chapter IX, part four of the novel, where the characters' grief turns to irritation as they prepare for a funeral. Gervaise, one of the main characters, refuses to compromise her dignity, even if she has to sell herself to provide a proper burial for her mother.
Meanwhile, Lantier reflects on the indecency of landlords who demand their money while the family mourns. The morning of the funeral brings diversions, but the reality of poverty and alcoholism remains. Zola's impact on naturalism is evident in his portrayal of the characters' raw emotions and the harshness of their reality. Listen to the episode now here on alcoholfree.com and be transformed by Zola's powerful writing.