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L'Assommoir by Émile Zola (1840 - 1902)

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  • 46 - Chapter X, part three

46 - Chapter X, part three

Thursday 1st January 1970

Explore the harsh and uncompromising study of alcoholism and poverty in the working-class districts of Paris through the eyes of Émile Zola's L'Assommoir. Learn about the tragic experiences of the characters and the heart-wrenching situations that they face in this powerful novel.
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L'Assommoir by Émile Zola (1840 - 1902)
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Sobriety Day by Day
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The Dark Realities of Poverty and Alcoholism in Émile Zola's L'Assommoir

The novel—a harsh and uncompromising study of alcoholism and poverty in the working-class districts of Paris—was a huge commercial success and established Zola’s fame and reputation throughout France and the world.
Émile Zola's L'Assommoir is a powerful and heart-wrenching novel that explores the harsh realities of poverty and alcoholism in the working-class districts of Paris. The novel is part of the Les Rougon-Macquart series, which features a family under the Second Empire. L'Assommoir is considered one of Zola's masterpieces and established his fame and reputation throughout France and the world.
The novel portrays the devastating effects of alcoholism on relationships and the tragic experiences of the characters who are caught in a cycle of poverty and addiction. The role of women in the novel is also explored, with the character of Gervaise representing the struggles of many women in 19th century France. Despite the themes of hopelessness and despair, the novel also offers glimpses of hope and humanity. L'Assommoir has influenced literature and continues to be relevant today.
As Zola himself said, 'I simply showed where they were going: and they went there.' This powerful novel is a must-read for anyone interested in the realities of poverty and addiction. Listen to the LibriVox podcast to experience the full impact of L'Assommoir and learn about the tragic experiences of the characters. Join the conversation and contribute to the fight against poverty and alcoholism.