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Au Bonheur des Dames (The Ladies' Delight) (Penguin Classics) by [Zola, Émile]
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Now the basis for the major BBC tv adaptation The Paradise, this is a lavish drama and a timeless commentary on consumerism. The Penguin Classics edition of Émile Zola's The Ladies' Delight is based on an acclaimed, vivid and modern translation by Robin Buss, who has also introduced the novel.

The Ladies' Delight is the glittering Paris department store run by Octave Mouret. He has used charm and drive to become director of this mighty emporium, unscrupulously exploiting his young female staff and seducing his lady customers with luxurious displays of shimmering silks, satins, velvets and lace. Then Denise Baudu, a naïve provincial girl, becomes an assistant at the store - and Mouret discovers that he in turn can also be enchanted. With its greedy customers, gossiping staff and vibrant sense of theatre, The Ladies' Delight (Au Bonheur des Dames in the original French) is one of the most richly exciting novels in Zola's Les Rougon-Macquart cycle.

This edition also contains a bibliography, introduction, chronology and explanatory notes.

Emile Zola (1840-1902) was the leading figure in the French school of naturalistic fiction. His principal work, Les Rougon-Macquart, is a panorama of mid-19th century French life, in a cycle of 20 novels which Zola wrote over a period of 22 years, including Au Bonheur des Dames (1883), The Beast Within (1890), Nana (1880), and The Drinking Den (1877).

'A complete page-turner about the consumer society, greed, fashion and instant gratification'

India Knight

'A fine translation'

The Times Literary Supplement

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1271 KB
  • Print Length: 468 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (26 October 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI92CK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,01,804 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vive Zola! 17 November 2007
By Basbleu - Published on Amazon.com
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What a great book! In Au Bonheur des Dames, Zola does his usual fabulous job of handing you a slice of 19th century French life between the covers of a book. The book's male protagonist is lackluster--it's hard to see what makes him so alluring to women. However, the fascinating heroine more than compensates for this flaw. Denise Baudu is a departure from any other 19th century female character imaginable, a combination of Mary Pickford and a 20th century career woman. As a student of consumer culture, I also really enjoyed reading the fruits of Zola's research into Parisian department stores, advertising, etc.
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars 5 April 2017
By diane bains - Published on Amazon.com
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Not as interesting as some of his other works.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 21 December 2014
By Pat Trotter - Published on Amazon.com
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Great story and puts a new perspective on the PBS Masterpiece Theatre production of The Paradise.
4.0 out of 5 stars Au Bonheur des Dames 13 June 2013
By Jane H. Kelley - Published on Amazon.com
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To fill in the gaps of The Paradise BBC tv show, this one is very good. Enjoyed it. Would recommend it for those interested in the "real story".
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 21 September 2014
By McHale - Published on Amazon.com
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