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I look forward to reading Nana and Germinal but I don’t see how they could be any better. May 23, Paquita Maria Sanchez rated it it was amazing Shelves: OUP appear to be translating all the Rougon-Macquart novels over a period of time. When they walk through the Assyrian exhibit they adjudge the gigantic stone figures and monstrous beasts, half cat and half woman, very ugly.

The couple get along well, are steadily employed and manage to save enoug This book the French title is “L’Assommoir” is a depressing argument for sobriety. Zola’s writing style, his writing skills, are at their very best here and the characters are developed so well that you become completely invested; you hurt, you cry, you get angry right along with them.

Hasta en las mejores familias ocurre esto. There are a few more references to the arts: There is a new one coming out in May.

A note on translation: A character who is innately good, and who suffers a lot, will triumph in the end. Men are responsible for taking her life and flushing it down the sad Parisian cludgie, along with a family of unfeeling guttersnipe witches who make you want to pound their faces in with soldering irons.


The seventh novel in the Rougon-Macquart cycle, L’Assommoir is the story of a woman’s struggle for happiness in working-class Paris. This is worse than that. Ozla through the singing we are given a glimpse into the soul of each of these poor men and women, quite a moving experience for us as readers.

The family institution always seems to be the most solid, unshakeable bond that holds us together. The old man, who loved art, had previously been much impressed by Claude’s sketches. To understand the brutality of her later life choices, Nana’s childhood must be considered: When his 8-year-old daughter then takes over the raising of her younger siblings, he beats, whips, and starves her to death too. I seem to remember a meyhabe of goodreaders dissing on it, but Meghane do look forward to reading Nana as soon as I can find a copy.

Zola uses his brush to paint the picture of 19th century Paris as meyhaane was for the poor and working class as they dealt with low pay, poor working conditions, sickness, hunger, and abuse of every kind.

I listened to the audiobook narrated by Frederick Davidson. At one point, she is so desperate that she sees an affront in the embellishment of her quarters of Paris – a part of Haussman’s modernization plans – because it constitutes the complete opposite of her own wasting away between different obligations and emotional strains. Neanche la pappa e la cuccia, ecco la sorte comune!


But what really interested them the most were the copyists, with their easels set up and calmly painting all in the middle of the crowds. Can life be perfect? I find that incredibly dreary, not only theoretically but as a reading experience.

L’Assommoir (The Dram Shop) by Émile Zola

It’s one zoa those books that describe reality so well, in such an ugly way that you find yourself unable to put the book down. Even in translation the accounts of laundry stains on undergarments, greasy tabletops, floors wet with spit, etc — achieve a visceral effect on any reader.

And, well, I call bullshit on that. The self-proclaimed leader of French naturalism, Zola’s works inspired operas such as those of Gustave Charpentier, notably Louise in the s. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

When I’m so bored of playing bingo and watching the grass grow that even Zola seems more appealing, maybe then I will decide to finish this book. He describes surroundings, characters, clothing, animals, nothing is left undisturbed.

L’Assommoir (The Dram Shop)

Not a gentle read by any stretch of the imagination, however, it is compulsive. To translate a book that uses archaic working-class slang and keep it both authentic and readable is no mean feat. Other books in the series.