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The Paradise Au bonheur des dames 19 ,. 3.5 starsI imagine a bewildered mile Zola wandering into the crowds populating that new phenomenon that took Paris merchandising in the 19th century by storm mass production and the creation of the one stop mega shop He enters through the widely opened arms of polished French doors, having to blink tearily at the brilliantly lit chandeliers Immediately, he is choked by perfumed mists diffusing the air and is submerged in whispers of fine French lace and ribbons, rows of rainbowed textures and fabrics on display, corsets and lingerie accosting his libido He raises his gaze to the vaulted ceiling and catches the shrewd eye of Octave Mouret, hovering watchfully at the balcony of the second floor and nods a gentlemanly greeting With this brief upward glance, Zola becomes distracted, shuttled through the cogs of this enormous commercial machine, through its undulating channels, eventually misplacing his wife in the mel e the latter having spied a lady friend in the direction of the fine dresses salon, where time becomes lost and space is infinite.This is The Ladies Paradise the department store where all the whimsies of a woman are catered to in one majestic place where romance, excitement and fantasy materialize through the latest in fashionable outerwear and underwear, notions, potions, novelties, household goods and other en vogue excesses not wholly necessary for ordinary life, are sold Ok, it s Macy s on steroids on discount day.Eleventh in Les Rougon Macquart cycle, the novel is about modern consumerism and utopian fantasy, a 19th century rags to riches story Denise Baudu is a humble and impoverished shopgirl who finds work in the flourishing department store, The Ladies Paradise, trying to make ends meet to support her two brothers, but colliding with the worst of human flaws The novel chronicles the struggle between the traditional shop, the Old Elbeuf the declining establishment owned by Denise s uncle , and the monster department store owned by the innovative Octave Mouret A habitual seducer of women, Mouret s own insatiable passion is to conquer the woman , to hold her at his mercy, to intoxicate her with unwavering attentiveness and manipulate her desires within his establishment The art of the seduction is not in the boudoir but in the caresses of silk and lace finery found at the most efficient of merchandising mechanisms, with the unique ability to offer national brands at substantial reductions.Zola is a mesmerist when describing the scene of the crowd which takes on a protagonist role of its own He details economic reinvention and capitalism fueled by consumers neurotic impulses to shop, the system of mass production and the consequences its development had in revolutionizing the retail industry, in a story decked out in illusion, seduction, luxury, romance, class division, obsession and greed.Any criticism I might offer would be Zola s neglect in providing reasons for Denise s rise in the department what merited such promotions In the BBC series, a very sketchy interpretation of the novel by the way, Denise is shown as an astute, bright and quick thinking sales girl whose original ideas won her elevation in the store In the novel, however, Denise remains a mousy innocent, extremely mindful of her virtue, afraid of her own shadow, promoted not by any skill of her own, it appears, but by Mouret s regret that her reputation was often tarnished by her peers secondly, by his own desire to conquer her, which eventually, deeply turns to love The Ladies Paradise is one of Zola s lighter novels in Les Rougon Macquart series, yet gives some pause for reflection, to take stock of one s wants, needs and their intrinsic values truthfully speaking, what price is a lady s satisfaction Other Zola novels read so far Therese Raquin The Dram Shop L assommoir The Beast Within Germinal #Download ⛓ Au Bonheur des Dames à This EBook Features The Unabridged Text Of The Ladies Paradise From The 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had my doubts, and I am an avid reader of Zola, he has yet to disappoint me And yet, I believe that this may be the best work of his that I have yet to read, perhaps Germinal is slipping through, justIt s still so relevant to today in so many ways, the birth of the super stores and the effect they had and still do on small business The ethical problems of big business muscling out the small guys unable to adapt, whether it be from financial limitations or due to stubbornness Female employees being coerced to act on the whim of their male employers the manipulation of pretty much every possible stakeholder in business only to drive up profits marrying for money, this book has everything.Readers of Zola will be aware of how gritty and raw he his he does not hold back on the disastrous effects and ramifications that a world driven by capital and materiality has on his well built with a strong emphasis on psychological aspects characters which are than believable, they come to life Plenty of ups and downs in this one, you finally get some reprieve, a glimmer of hope, and then the door is slammed in your face You cannot even make out who is the bad guys are half the time, but I think that was purposeful since we are all human and acting in what we perceive to be our best interests, especially in a dog eat dog world that was Paris in the 1880 s with new wealth being generated creating different class interactions.There s so many characters that all have their own story You feel pity, anger, sorrow, relief, all varying emotions for them as they progress along this story, certainly far from being one dimensional The ending seemed a bit too rushed for my liking, however the imagery leading up to it was some of the best I have read in a long time.Business is a machine, and if you get in its way, you will be dealt with relentlessly Funnily enough Futurama is on TV now, the episode being where the robots try to take over Earth. , working class hero happy end happy end .https 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Zola s depiction of La Samaritain Le Bon March Paris first department stores is an absolute classic and a wonderfully entertaining read Incredibly influential on his generation Manet, etc , it is a photographic record of life in the 19th c as the bourgeoisie started wielding their consumer power and the lives of those in the poorer classes that risked being crushed in the onrush through the doors of the store A must. IntroductionTranslator s NoteSelect BibliographyA Chronology of mile ZolaMap The Ladies Paradise Explanatory Notes Au Bonheur des Dames is a perfect example of the novel that we should not give to read to people who are not yet ready for that Including those that have not the maturity or experience of reading necessary to face such a literary monument.There are books which cannot be enjoyed with age, time or fullness.I was fifteen the first few times the school area asked me to begin this big classic from Zola At that time, I could not go beyond the first two pages The eleventh volume of the Rougon Macquart has an abundance of descriptions But so colorful and vivid descriptions that allows ourselves to be lead without hesitation in this tissue to various storm most shimmering colors as each other Some sensuality quickly emerges And what of this eroticism is discovered very quickly at the store sales when the reader witnesses a subtle sartorial Zola knows perfectly put words in the words of Mouret on this madness of purchase, including the consumption of women It is not only trade issue in the Ladies, but also the reality of women and society of his time A modern high time with a call to follow the movement and renewal.From the very first chapter, one feels seized by this machine that is the Bonheur des dames, where flat hesitation between admiration and fear There are only two choices to leave voluntarily eat or struggle to finally be engulfed force Octave Mouret does not actually leave us the choice really Quite in his image.A Mr Mouret which advocates the fittest but that captivates and frightens both He is the image of man who seems invincible and implacable, who succeed all How not to fall under its spell and that of tender Denise where a shy relationship develops between these two characters quite different I spent a pleasant time playing along with this novel, and I bite my fingers to have so quick to immerse myself in these pages that had left a such a bad memory A harm memory. Life in an 1860s Paris megastore As capitalism staggers around on its bunioned feet, waiting for the next self perpetuating excuse for sickening human greed and useless backbreaking timewasting bullshit in pursuit of Capital to relieve its burden, it s time to question what we want from an economic system here in the West A completely equal distribution of funds is impossible since people are cash hoovering greed machines who will stab their mothers to get a bigger pie slice Communism is unpopular due to its fascist tendencies Perhaps we could try kindness, generosity, wealth sharing and self sustaining communities Stop laughing The Ladies Paradise explores the viperous world of ladies retail and the nascent capitalist machine Bitching and hating and desperation and greed and corsages That s the fashion world for you Denise is Zola s pure hearted ing nue who, rather implausibly, and clumsily, enchants the evil chauvinist Octave Mouret with her dowdy virginal loveliness After a long struggle, she becomes the belle of the megamall, and tames the old beast by refusing to surrender her maidenhead Nowadays, to get that kind of career traction, you have to humiliate yourself on The Apprentice The novel is festooned with elaborate descriptions of store displays, which go on and on until we get the bleeding point, and the POV is schizo even by Zola s standards, but the whole work is admirably ruthless So death to capitalism All hail have a tenner on me ism Update BBC adaptation currently showing on the iplayer