The ladies' paradise

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Oxford University Press, Dec 21, 1995 - Fiction - 438 pages
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The Ladies' Paradise (Au Bonheur des Dames) recounts the spectacular development of the modern department store in late nineteenth-century Paris. The store is a symbol of capitalism, of the modern city, and of the bourgeois family; it is emblematic of consumer culture and the changes in sexual attitudes and class relations taking place at the end of the century. Octave Mouret, the store's owner-manager, masterfully exploits the desires of his female customers. In his private life as much as in business he is the great seducer. But when he falls in love with the innocent Denise Baudu, he discovers she is the only one of the salesgirls who refuses to be commodified. This new translation of the eleventh book in the Rougon-Macquart cycle captures the spirit of one of Zola's greatest novels of the modern city.

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Review: The Ladies' Paradise (Les Rougon-Macquart #11)

User Review  - Diane - Goodreads

It was with fear and trepidation that I started Zola's "Ladies' Delight" - I was still reeling from "Therese Raquin". I desperately wanted a strong, good woman character with a positive ending. This ... Read full review

Review: The Ladies' Paradise (Les Rougon-Macquart #11)

User Review  - snackywombat (vm) - Goodreads

This book is truly a classic, and the whole time I was reading it, I was reminded of those summer reading lists that I always had in high school, full of lofty tomes that looked dusty and boring but ... Read full review

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emile Zola is the ever-popular author of "Nana, Germinal", and many other novels. "The Ladies' Paradise" is the eleventh book in his Rougon-Macquart series, the "Natural and Social History of a Family under the Second Empire." Kristin Ross is Associate Professor of French Literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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