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L'Assommoir by Émile Zola (1840 - 1902)

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  • 43 - Chapter IX, part five

43 - Chapter IX, part five

Thursday 1st January 1970

Explore the harsh realities of alcoholism and poverty in Émile Zola's L'Assommoir. Discover the novel's themes, characters, and critiques in this podcast episode.
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L'Assommoir by Émile Zola (1840 - 1902)
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Alcoholism and poverty in Émile Zola's L'Assommoir: A Literary Masterpiece

L'Assommoir is a harsh and uncompromising study of alcoholism and poverty in the working-class districts of Paris.
Émile Zola's L'Assommoir is a literary masterpiece that delves deep into the harsh realities of alcoholism and poverty in the working-class districts of Paris. In this episode, the hosts provide an overview of Zola's literary naturalism and the Les Rougon-Macquart series, before diving into a comprehensive synopsis of L'Assommoir. They analyze chapter IX, part five, highlighting the themes of alcoholism and poverty and delving into the character study of Gervaise.
The hosts also offer a critique of societal norms and reflect on death and mourning in the novel. They explore the significance of the funeral scene, with its portrayal of the working-class community's response to death. The episode concludes with a discussion on the relevance of L'Assommoir today and its lasting impact. Listen to the episode now here on alcoholfree.com and discover the power of Zola's words.