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) 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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The sensory description was very effective, but there was simply too much of it. The plot was quite slow, hampered by the author's need to emphasize the effects of big business upon society. There was ... Read full review

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Denise, a 20 year old from the sticks come penniless to Paris with her two younger brothers hoping to live with her Uncle Baudu. But he cannot help her as he is being ruined by the Ladies Paradise ... Read full review

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Brian Nelson is Professor of French at Monash University, Australia

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