L'Assommoir by Émile Zola (1840 - 1902)


  • 60 - Chapter XIII, part two

60 - Chapter XIII, part two

Thursday 1st January 1970

Discover the harsh and uncompromising study of alcoholism and poverty in the working-class districts of Paris in L'Assommoir by Émile Zola. Read our review now!
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Uncompromising Study of Alcoholism and Poverty: A Review of L'Assommoir by Émile Zola

Yes, his handicraft returned to him at the moment of croaking, and if he yelled so loud, if he fought on his roof, it was because ugly scoundrels were preventing him doing his work properly.
Émile Zola’s L'Assommoir is a powerful and uncompromising portrayal of alcoholism and poverty in the working-class districts of Paris. The novel, part of Les Rougon-Macquart, is usually considered one of Zola’s masterpieces and was a huge commercial success that established his fame and reputation throughout France and the world. In Chapter XIII, part two, the reader is introduced to the character of Coupeau, who has descended into alcoholism and is struggling to survive.
Through his character and the experiences of those around him, Zola highlights the devastating impact of alcoholism on individuals and their families, as well as the societal pressures and expectations that contribute to the problem. The podcast provides a vivid and engaging reading of this chapter, bringing the characters and their struggles to life. The medical treatment for alcoholism depicted in the novel is also explored, revealing the limited understanding of the condition at the time.
The theme of death and despair looms throughout the chapter, with the characters experiencing the harsh realities of poverty and addiction. Despite the bleakness of the subject matter, L'Assommoir remains a significant work in French literature, continuing to resonate with readers today. It is a thought-provoking and raw depiction of the struggles faced by those affected by alcoholism and poverty.
Anyone interested in French literature or social issues will find this podcast episode informative and engaging, and it is highly recommended for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of this important work.