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L'Assommoir by Émile Zola (1840 - 1902)

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58 - Chapter XII, part five

Thursday 1st January 1970

Listen to Chapter XII, part five of L'Assommoir by Émile Zola, a novel that explores the devastating effects of alcoholism and poverty on the working-class districts of Paris, on alcoholfree.com.
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L'Assommoir by Émile Zola: A Harsh and Uncompromising Study of Alcoholism and Poverty

She fell on her knees, all shaken, with a desire which caused her to turn ghastly pale. Never before had she thus dragged herself at a man's feet.
In Chapter XII, part five of L'Assommoir by Émile Zola, we see the devastating effects of alcoholism and poverty on Gervaise, the novel's protagonist. The chapter delves into Gervaise's descent into addiction and desperation as she struggles to survive in the working-class districts of Paris. Zola's naturalistic style paints a bleak picture of the conditions and circumstances that lead people like Gervaise to turn to alcohol as a coping mechanism, and the consequences that ensue.
As the chapter progresses, we see Gervaise's vulnerability and desperation, culminating in a dramatic scene where she pleads with an older man to take her away from her current life. The episode offers a sobering look at the realities of poverty and addiction, and the toll they take on individuals and communities. Listen to the full episode now here on alcoholfree.com and gain a deeper understanding of this timeless classic.