The Ladies' Paradise

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Oxford University Press, 1998 - Fiction - 438 pages
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The Ladies Paradise (Au Bonheur des Dames), now a TV series called The Paradise based on this classic novel, recounts the rise 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 changes in consumer culture and the changes in sexual attitudes and class relations taking place at the end of the century. This new translation of the eleventh novel in the Rougon-Macquart cycle captures the spirit of one of Zola's greatest works.

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

User Review  - Diane - Goodreads

3.5 STARS So, who am I to give Emile Zola only 3 (3.5) stars? Well, look, he's a great writer but I can only read so many scenes about what the store looked like during the [fill in the blank] sale. I ... Read full review

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

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Brian Nelson is Professor of French at Monash University, Australia

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