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The Ladies' Paradise (The Ladies' Delight) - Unabridged by [Zola, Émile]
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The Ladies' Paradise (The Ladies' Delight) - Unabridged Kindle Edition

3.7 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews

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Émile Zola (2 April 1840 – 29 September 1902) was a French novelist, playwright, journalist, the best-known practitioner of the literary school of naturalism, and an important contributor to the development of theatrical naturalism.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1134 KB
  • Print Length: 440 pages
  • Publisher: e-artnow; 1 edition (21 Aug. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EOW9W6S
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews
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Having started to watch the current TV adaptation of this novel and noticed that it came from the Emile Zola novel I decided to read the book, although the language is very different to the type of novel I would normally read these days it was thoroughly enjoyable and has encouraged me to read more of Zola's work. The language is rich and full of adjectives, the sentences incredibly long but with a pace that carries you along, you are drawn into Moray's dream of conquering the women of Paris in the mid 1800's making you wish to have been part of it. I finished the book in a few days and was sad to reach the end, I don't believe that Zola wrote a sequal which is a shame as I would love to know how the story carried on. The TV series is ongoing and it will be very interesting to see how it finishes in relation to the book.
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This is a good read spoiled by a very poor translation from French. It was a done in the early part of the 20th century and as such is stilted and annoying. The paperback version has a better translator.
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I was inspired to read this after seeing the television adaptation. I very much enjoyed it, Zola's attention to detail is wonderful. It is very much a 'love against all odds' story, told beautifully, leaving me cheering for the heroine Denise the end.
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Many years since I read Emile Zola. A beautifully written novel. It has inspired me to read more of his works now.
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I haven't read any Zola for years and really enjoyed getting back into it. Full of evocative descriptions, perhaps a little overblown in style by today's standards but still an enjoyable read. There are few similarities between this and the TV series - apart from some names and the ultimate conclusion. Zola's story has the same lead characters but their lives are much more complex than the TV series and the store is indeed a Ladies Paradise, it's vast! Peopled with an array of interesting characters, it's a fascinating view into Parisian life in the 19th century, and I enjoyed it immensely
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I gave this 5 stars in the original French, but found this English version useful only to check a few points, like the names of fabrics!

Since I associate Zola with grim, unrelenting tales of exploited coal miners, the theme of a Paris department store dedicated to delighting women seemed at first uncharacteristically tame and frothy. In fact, behind its plate glass and eye-catching displays, “Au Bonheur des Dames” proves to be as dominating and exploitative as any industrial factory, its shop assistants, clerks, packers and delivery men mere cogs in the machinery, as controlled as any industrial worker, on the mass production line of retailing.

Beneath his charm and apparent empathy with women and their love of fashion, inspired entrepreneur Octave Mouret is in fact a cynical manipulator: he is not only a casual seducer, but views his female customers as an inexhaustible captive market to be dazzled by his marketing ploys and all too readily induced to fritter away their husbands’ money on the material goods he displays with such alluring skill. His sponsor Baron Hartmann warns him that one day women will “get their revenge” but Mouret is knocked off course where he least expects it by the sweet, unsophisticated but stoical country girl Denise Baudu, who is quick to grasp that the department store is a part of inexorable progress, but steadfastly sticks to her personal principles.

In vivid if wordy descriptions, Zola describes how the magnificent store looms over the surrounding gloomy alleys, further cutting them out from the sun.
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I have watched one episode of The Paradise on the iPlayer but was intrigued who wrote it and found as I thought, it is by Emile Zola. So I found the book on Kindle and have just started it......but just enough to confirm my suspicions that the original story was set in Paris. What a gross liberty the BBC have to reposition it in the north of England.

I now intend to read the proper story written long ago by a well known author. I have not bothered to see any more episodes of the tv show. You cannot beat the classics and I have many saved onto my Kindle.
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Having read most of Emile Zolas' books was curious to read this one especially after the very loosely based serialization on T.V.
The book is preferable having all the 'grit' and realism for which Zola is famous.
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