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L'Assommoir by Émile Zola (1840 - 1902)

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  • 51 - Chapter XI, part three

51 - Chapter XI, part three

Thursday 1st January 1970

Join the discussion on Émile Zola's novel L'Assommoir. Learn about the harsh reality of alcoholism and poverty in Paris's working-class districts in the 19th century. Listen to the episode now here on alcoholfree.com
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L'Assommoir by Émile Zola (1840 - 1902)
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Exploring the Harsh Reality of Alcoholism and Poverty in Émile Zola's L'Assommoir

L’Assommoir is a powerful and unflinching study of alcoholism and poverty in the working-class districts of Paris that remains relevant to this day.
Émile Zola's L'Assommoir is a masterpiece that offers a harsh and uncompromising study of alcoholism and poverty in the working-class districts of Paris in the 19th century. In this podcast episode, the hosts explore the third part of Chapter XI, where the character Nana navigates the consequences of her actions while her parents' alcoholism worsens. Through vivid descriptions, Zola portrays the despair and hopelessness of individuals struggling to survive in a society that doesn't care about their suffering.
The hosts delve into the themes of addiction, poverty, and social inequality that remain relevant to this day. They discuss the naturalistic style of the novel, which emphasizes the influence of the environment and social conditions on human behavior. The hosts also reflect on Zola's legacy and influence on the literary world. In the end, listeners are left with a poignant reminder of the power of literature to shed light on the darkest corners of human experience.
Listen to the episode now here on alcoholfree.com and join the discussion on this timeless masterpiece.