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L'Assommoir by Émile Zola (1840 - 1902)

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  • 55 - Chapter XII, part two

55 - Chapter XII, part two

Thursday 1st January 1970

Listen to the second part of Chapter XII of L'Assommoir by Émile Zola, a harsh and uncompromising study of alcoholism and poverty in the working-class districts of Paris. Available now on alcoholfree.com.
16 minutes
Thought-provoking
Raw
Informative
Empowering
Compassionate

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L'Assommoir by Émile Zola (1840 - 1902)
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L'Assommoir: A Harsh and Uncompromising Study of Alcoholism and Poverty in Paris

Oh, this murdering of childhood, those heavy hands crushing this lovely girl.
Émile Zola's L'Assommoir is a literary masterpiece that delves into the harsh realities of alcoholism and poverty in the working-class districts of Paris. In the second part of Chapter XII, Gervaise, a woman struggling to make ends meet, finds herself overwhelmed with emotion as she witnesses the tragic death of a young girl. The scene is a poignant example of the book's critique of societal norms that allow such tragedies to occur.
Zola's vivid portrayal of the characters' emotional turmoil and the impact of childhood abuse is both thought-provoking and raw. Through Gervaise's reflections, the story invites readers to reflect on the human condition and the importance of empathy. Listen to the episode now here on alcoholfree.com and discover more about this influential writer's work.