The Ladies’ Paradise

ladiesparaThe Ladies’ Paradise
by Emile Zola
1883/ 480 pages
rating 9.5  classic – French
(Introduction, Notes and translation by Brian Nelson)

Zola knew what he was talking about when he wrote page after page of busy and boisterous narrative about a department store, based on the first such store in Paris and the biggest in the world for awhile – Bon Marché.   He was there for the hedonistically bourgeois times of Napoleon III,  for the redesign of the Paris streets, for the establishment and growth of of Bon Marché. According to Nelson, Zola’s notes say he wanted to present all of Parisian society within the model of a department store.  This  book was to be a ” ‘…poem of modern activity… conclude with its continual labour, the power and gaiety that comes from its productivity … >>>>MORE>>>>

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