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Au bonheur des dames
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 21 November 2012
Please take note, from the item description and reviews, I believed this to be a complete original language edition of the work. It is not! It's a student's reading summary with only excerpts. Thankfully, the returns service is really easy to work with.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 8 November 2012
So good to read a novel written in it's original language. I have enjoyed the BBC adaptation, but the novel is very different and well worth the read either in French or in the English translation.
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on 16 January 2013
This is a companion/study guide to the novel.
I found the format very user friendly.
The additional information about pre-Haussmann Paris was fascinating.

The novel is excellent for those readers interested in French social history.

What I would like but haven't been able to find is a set of the Rougon-Macquart
series of novels, either in French or English.
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on 21 December 2012
This book is not a full text complete version of "Au Bonheur des Dames". It has extracts from each chapter and study notes at the side. I think it is probably aimed at schoolchildren. Having said that, it is a very nicely produced book so it may suit a particular market.
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on 13 April 2015
Not really enjoying it. So many characters, very slow moving. Nothing seems to happen for long periods of reading. I have put it to one side while reading other books. Disappointing as I have read other books by Zola and very much enjoyed them.
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on 16 December 2012
I bravely thought I could handle the French, and to an extent I can, especially as I had seen the TV dramatisation, The Paradise. However, as a coward, I have now downloaded an English translation!!
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on 8 December 2012
Emile Zola is my favourite author. His books are about life and its problems and are just a relevant today as when they were written. This book is fantastic in English as well as French.
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on 2 January 2013
It does not say anywhere on the book cover or on Amazon but this is a study book with only some extracts from the book. Not what I ordered, Amazon did not make any fuss and paid me back.
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on 18 January 2013
I bought this item thinking it was the novel in French but it is only a study text with extracts and study comments. This is not clear on the cover and I had to return it.
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on 20 November 2012
One of the best French writers of all times describes the ascent of capitalism through the rise of a department store in 19th century Paris. Kindle edition is perfect.
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