L'Assommoir by Émile Zola - PDF and EPUB eBook
The seventh novel in the Rougon-Macquart cycle, L'Assommoir (1877) is the story of a woman's struggle for happiness...
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Details of L'Assommoir
- Exact title of the book
- Book series
- Les Rougon-Macquart #7
- Book author
- Émile Zola
- Book edition
- Number of pages
- 480 pages
- April 1st 2001 by Penguin Books Ltd
- File size (in PDF)
- 1920 kB
Some brief overview of book
The seventh novel in the Rougon-Macquart cycle, L'Assommoir (1877) is the story of a woman's struggle for happiness in working-class Paris. At the center of the story stands Gervaise, who starts her own laundry and for a time makes a success of it. But her husband soon squanders her earnings in the Assommoir, a local drinking spot, and gradually the pair sink into poverty and squalor.
L'Assommoir was a contemporary bestseller, outraged conservative critics, and launched a passionate debate about the legitimate scope of modern literature. This new translation captures not only the brutality but the pathos of its character's lives.