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eBook The Ladies' Paradise (Au Bonheur Des Dames) epub
  • ISBN: 0520073495
  • Author: Emile Zola
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Subcategory: World Literature
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: University of California Press (December 13, 1991)
  • Pages: 383 pages
  • ePUB size: 1714 kb
  • FB2 size 1866 kb
  • Formats lit mbr azw txt


Au Bonheur des Dames is the eleventh novel in the Rougon-Macquart series by Émile Zola. It was first serialized in the periodical Gil Blas and published in novel form by Charpentier in 1883.

Au Bonheur des Dames is the eleventh novel in the Rougon-Macquart series by Émile Zola. The novel is set in the world of the department store, an innovative development in mid-nineteenth century retail sales. Zola models his store after Le Bon Marché, which consolidated under one roof many of the goods hitherto sold in separate shops.

Also known as Au Bonheur des Dames; The Ladies' Delight or The Ladies' Paradise; is the eleventh . Like its predecessor, Au Bonheur des Dames focuses on Octave Mouret (b. 1840), who at the end of the previous novel married Caroline Hédouin, the owner of a small silk shop.

Also known as Au Bonheur des Dames; The Ladies' Delight or The Ladies' Paradise; is the eleventh novel in the Rougon-Macquart series by Émile Zola. Now a widower, Octave has expanded the business into an international retail powerhouse occupying (at the beginning of the book) most of an entire city block.

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The Ladies’ Paradise (Au Bonheur des Dames) was first published in book form by the Librairie Charpentier in. .General studies of Zola and Naturalism in English include: Baguley, David (e., Critical Essays on Émile Zola (Boston: G. K. Hall & C. 1986).

The Ladies’ Paradise (Au Bonheur des Dames) was first published in book form by the Librairie Charpentier in Paris in 1883 (having been serialized in Le Gil Blas between 17 December 1882 and 1 March 1883). Baguley, David, Naturalist Fiction: The Entropic Vision (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990).

The original French publication, Au Bonheur des Dames ("The Ladies' Delight" or "The Ladies' Paradise"), is the eleventh novel in the Rougon-Macquart series by Émile Zola. It was titled The Ladies' Paradise and was translated into English by Frank Belmont

In "Au Bonheur des Dames" M. Zola has taken as his theme a particular phase of the amalgamation and "universal providing" tendencies, as they have presented themselves in France; and the phase in question is certainly one o.

In "Au Bonheur des Dames" M. Zola has taken as his theme a particular phase of the amalgamation and "universal providing" tendencies, as they have presented themselves in France; and the phase in question is certainly one of the most interesting, if only for the fact that it is so closely connected with the desires and needs of women. And my duties in those days took me not only to the salons of M. Worth, M. Pingat and other faiseurs à la mode, but also to the great drapers', for if, on the one hand, I learned in the former establishments what would be worn by royalty, aristocracy and fashionable depravity, on the other, in the huge bazaars similar to.

The Ladies' Paradise is the eleventh novel in the Rougon-Macquart series by mile Zola. It was first published as a novel in 1883. Set in the world of the department store, an innovative development in mid-nineteenth century retail sales. Zola models his store after Le Bon March, which consolidated under one roof many of the goods hitherto sold in separate shops.

The Ladies Paradise (Au Bonheur des Dames) recounts the rise of the modern department store in late .

The Ladies Paradise (Au Bonheur des Dames) recounts the rise of the modern department store in late nineteenth-century Paris. L'Assommoir est un roman d'Émile Zola publié en feuilleton dès 1876 dans Le Bien public, puis dans La République des Lettres1 avant sa sortie en livre en 1877 chez Georges Charpentier. C'est le septième volume de la série Les Rougon-Macquart.

Au Bonheur des Dames (Penguin Classics). Supremely aware of the power of his position, Mouret seeks to exploit the desire that his luxuriantly displayed merchandise arouses in the ladies who shop, and the aspirations of the young female assistants he employs.

Zola's prophetic celebration of unbridled commerce and consumerism, The Ladies' Paradise (Au bonheur des dames, 1883) recounts the frenzied transformations that made late nineteenth-century Paris the fashion capital of the world. The novel's capitalist hero, Octave Mouret, creates a giant department store that devours the dusty, outmoded boutiques surrounding it. Paralleling the story of commercial triumph is the love story between Mouret and the innocent Denise Baudu, who comes to work in The Ladies' Paradise. She provides the crucial link between Mouret and the three essential social groups in the novel: the female clientele, the shopgirls, and the petit bourgeois shopkeepers of the neighborhood.But the store itself plays the leading role. Zola celebrates capitalism, commerce, and consumerism with a kind of prophetic optimism, calling this novel "a poem of modern activity." The work's interest for readers in feminist, cultural, and social history and theory is made abundantly clear in the introduction by Kristin Ross, and the fiction is reproduced in its colorful, 1886 English translation.
Comments: (7)
Laitchai
My copy of the ebook was not annotated at all, so I'm knocking one star off. On a positive note, the text has fewer typos than many ebooks I have read. Of course the story is the most important part, and I found it to be very good. If, like me, you watched BBC's The Paradise and wanted it to be a little less idealized and heartwarming, then you will probably enjoy this much grittier original. However, if you are looking for a book version of the television series, this is not it. I found this book to be a fascinating study in gender, class, and commerce, and highly recommend it to anyone who loves history, Paris, or classics, as well as to anyone interested in how superstores affect the psychology of consumers.
Balladolbine
This Zola book bears only a slight resemblance to the filmed version being shown on Masterpiece Classic. The figure of Denise is more realistic, particularly in terms of the time set in the book, 1860. She was poor, not well kept, unattractive and not well educated. She learned vast amounts in the course of the story which covers many years.

Zola fully described the business of the department store, it's building, it's furnishings, it's departments and stock. He displayed a tremendous knowledge of these areas. Zola, however, is very verbose and at times I grew tired of the details and skimmed them.

I think the ending gave up some of the standards Denise stood for.
Nilabor
This has been an interesting book to read after seeing this portrayed on Masterpiece. The TV version does not exactly follow the book, but both have been fascinating. The main plot in the book centers around a large store in Paris in the 1800's that is continually adding departments and buying up all the adjoining small shops in order to enlarge the store called "The Ladies' Paradise". There are some shop owners who are determined to not give in, and others who have to go out of business.
I began to see a parallel to a similar situation in the U.S. when the big box stores came to the forefront with their buying power and cheaper prices. The local merchants were naturally upset and said they would all have to go out of business. Some did and others found a niche market.
Maucage
I read this for a class requirement. It is one of the most awful pieces of “literature” I have ever forced myself to read. There are some historical bits of value in there, but slogging through the rest of it to find them is really not worth it.
The Rollers of Vildar
This was an interesting and engaging story about love, relationships, ambition and the rise of consumerism in Paris France in the fashion industry. Some passages were excruciatingly long in describing the various departments and the items they sold. I have seen a tv miniseries similar but I don't recall the name. I would recommend this book.
Narder
I saw the TV Series based on this book and decided to read it. Since it was translated, It may have just been a very bad translation. Zola is very discriptive and you feel like you are in Paris at the Ladies Paradise but he talks about woman like they are objects or on earth just to please men.
The Sinners from Mitar
My complaint with this version is in the translation and the typos. It doesn't say who the translator was, but there are obvious places where a word makes no sense but SOUNDS like a word that should have been there. The result is nonsensical sentences, along with miscellaneous typos.

OTOH, it did make me want to return to The Bon Marche in Paris to admire their beautiful fabrics. And it's a very convenient, inexpensive way of reading the book
The book focuses much more on the commercialization of trading and the development of departmented stores than the PBS series which
focused on the characters. The ending is quite abrupt.

Wonderful example of Zola's writing.
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