The Drinking Den Previously published as L assommoir The Dram Shop Emile Zola s The Drinking Den is an unflinching study of a desperate young woman struggling against the ravages of vice This Penguin Classics editio

  • Title: The Drinking Den
  • Author: Émile Zola Robin Buss
  • ISBN: 9780140449549
  • Page: 350
  • Format: Paperback
  • Previously published as L assommoir The Dram Shop , Emile Zola s The Drinking Den is an unflinching study of a desperate young woman struggling against the ravages of vice This Penguin Classics edition is translated from the French with an introduction by Robin Buss Abandoned by her lover and left to bring up their two children alone, Gervaise Macquart has to fighPreviously published as L assommoir The Dram Shop , Emile Zola s The Drinking Den is an unflinching study of a desperate young woman struggling against the ravages of vice This Penguin Classics edition is translated from the French with an introduction by Robin Buss Abandoned by her lover and left to bring up their two children alone, Gervaise Macquart has to fight to earn an honest living When she accepts the marriage proposal of Monsieur Coupeau, it seems as though she is on the path to a decent, respectable life at last But with her husband s drinking and the unexpected appearance of a figure from her past, Gervaise s plans begin to unravel tragically The Drinking Den caused a sensation when it was first published, with its gritty depiction of the poverty and squalor, slums and drinking houses of the Parisian underclass The seventh novel in Zola s great Rougon Macquart cycle, it was the work that made his reputation And, in his moving portrayal of Gervaise s struggle for happiness, Zola created one of the most sympathetic heroines in nineteenth century literature Robin Buss translation renders Zola s street argot into clear, contemporary English This edition also includes an introduction discussing Zola s Naturalistic method, with maps of Paris, Zola s preface responding to his critics, notes, a chronology and further reading 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

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      mile Fran ois Zola was an influential French novelist, the most important example of the literary school of naturalism, and a major figure in the political liberalization of France.More than half of Zola s novels were part of a set of 20 books collectively known as Les Rougon Macquart Unlike Balzac who in the midst of his literary career resynthesized his work into La Com die Humaine, Zola from the start at the age of 28 had thought of the complete layout of the series Set in France s Second Empire, the series traces the environmental influences of violence, alcohol and prostitution which became prevalent during the second wave of the Industrial Revolution The series examines two branches of a family the respectable that is, legitimate Rougons and the disreputable illegitimate Macquarts for five generations.As he described his plans for the series, I want to portray, at the outset of a century of liberty and truth, a family that cannot restrain itself in its rush to possess all the good things that progress is making available and is derailed by its own momentum, the fatal convulsions that accompany the birth of a new world Although Zola and C zanne were friends from childhood, they broke in later life over Zola s fictionalized depiction of C zanne and the Bohemian life of painters in his novel L uvre The Masterpiece, 1886.From 1877 with the publication of l Assommoir, mile Zola became wealthy, he was better paid than Victor Hugo, for example He became a figurehead among the literary bourgeoisie and organized cultural dinners with Guy de Maupassant, Joris Karl Huysmans and other writers at his luxurious villa in Medan near Paris after 1880 Germinal in 1885, then the three cities , Lourdes in 1894, Rome in 1896 and Paris in 1897, established Zola as a successful author.The self proclaimed leader of French naturalism, Zola s works inspired operas such as those of Gustave Charpentier, notably Louise in the 1890s His works, inspired by the concepts of heredity Claude Bernard , social manichaeism and idealistic socialism, resonate with those of Nadar, Manet and subsequently Flaubert.

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    1. A heavy man of forty was serving a ten year old girl who had asked him to place four sous worth of brandy into her cup A shaft of sunlight came through the entrance to warm the floor which was always damp from the smokers spitting From everything, the casks, the bar, the entire room, a liquorish odor arose, an alcoholic aroma which seemed to thicken and befuddle the dust motes dancing in the sunlight The above is but one of the many vivid descriptions in the world of mile Zola s L Assommoir, an [...]

    2. C est de la morale en action, simplement That is Zola s laconic explanation for L Assommoir , simply a moral message shown in action And what devastating action it is Gervaise s story begins with her in tears, sitting at home late at night, watching her two little boys Claude and Etienne, four and eight years old, on a shared pillow These are the future anti heroes of The Masterpiece and of Germinal Her first husband Lantier does not come home that night.Thus the sad downfall of a young, motivat [...]

    3. At the risk of sounding hyperbolic, I honestly believe this may be the most depressing novel I have ever read It has been a long time since I ve if I ve ever so excessively cringed, tensed up, sighed from such unadulterated frustration, and chewed the insides of my mouth from stress while reading about imaginary people Last time I can remember my eyes popping out of my head anywhere near as cartoonishly from a fiction as Zola has managed here would probably be the first time I watched Requiem fo [...]

    4. Beware, reading the Assommoir can cause drunkenness Bending to turn the pages drunk to know what hides the social violence A black intoxication, painful, which raises the discomfort and returns the brain.Why is this tome one of the most famous of this author To this question, every reader who has appreciated it can bring his personal answer For my part, I explain this success by the fascination of the worst it generates in the reader This was the case for me.As always with Zola, human nature is [...]

    5. Don t actually remember when I read this, it was sometime just after college I had read Nana for a class and needed to follow it up As I write this blurb I m belatedly following up L Assommoir with Germinal You really can t lose with Zola Unless you re one of his characters, in which case you ll probably lose everything To the bourgeoisie And then you ll die Probably of a terrible affliction.

    6. Whenever I think I had a rough upbringing I read a book like this and realise I am a fluffed little pillow of good fortune I was raised in a council tenement in a backwater semi village in Central Scotland amid a backdrop of Protestant activism and spinster gossiping But compared to Zola s Paris in L Assommoir, I was mollycoddled in a warm nook of familial love and warmth.So Gervaise is hardworking laundress whose life is blown to smithereens by rotten good for nothing beer sodden bastard men Me [...]

    7. IntroductionNote on the TranslationSelect BibliographyA Chronology of mile ZolaMaps L AssommoirExplanatory Notes

    8. This book the French title is L Assommoir is a depressing argument for sobriety It s also a vivid slice of life in late 19th century Paris Twenty two year old Gervaise is deserted by her lover Lantier and left with two small sons Supporting herself as a laundress, she soon marries Coupeau, a young tin worker, and they have a daughter Anna or Nana, who later becomes the protagonist in the Zola book with that title The couple get along well, are steadily employed and manage to save enough for Gerv [...]

    9. Zola may be one of my all time favorite classic writers He s so brutally honest about pre and post revolutionary France society, which was cruel and hopeless for so many So far, this novel hasn t failed to disappoint Gevaise is lost amid poverty and vice, questing to lead a moral life and provide for her children Just when she swears off men believing they are all rotten, one comes her way Can life be perfect What is ideal Zola has an absolutely mesmerizing way of unfolding the vignette that is [...]

    10. Arrogant 21st century reader, take hold of this book, than a hundred years old, and suffer a humiliation like I did Sure, you have read all types, and there isn t a book of note that isn t in your library or kindle You feel nothing can surprise you any Plots are all predictably the same A character is introduced and you know, or less, what the author will do to him after a hundred or so pages A character who is innately good, and who suffers a lot, will triumph in the end Or if he must die tra [...]

    11. An exceptional novel, one of the best I ve ever read, one I m not likely to forget anytime soon I would like to recommend it to my family and friends, but I fear they would consider it depressing and tragic and it is, but it is much Zola uses his brush to paint the picture of 19th century Paris as it was for the poor and working class as they dealt with low pay, poor working conditions, sickness, hunger, and abuse of every kind Alcohol abuse is a major theme of the book as well as the abuse of [...]

    12. Cu ntos sentimientos encontrados con esta novela Empec con risas, alucinando con la frescura y la sinceridad de Zola Poco a poco, al irse desarrollando la historia y al ir conociendo a los personajes m s profundamente, he sentido tristeza, l stima, dolor, enfado, piedad, ternura, ganas de llorarMe ha fascinado, de principio a fin no es la historia de una taberna, sino de todo un barrio parisino Familia, celos, cuernos, lucha por salir adelante, nuevos comienzos e ilusiones Muchos cotilleos y mal [...]

    13. I struggle with Emile Zola I have, to use a vulgar phrase, beef with him With L Assommoir, as with almost all his novels, it was Zola s stated aim to show life as it really was That reality is actually how he responded to criticism of this particular book No, you cannot object to L Assommoir, he said, because it is true, it is life And, well, I call bullshit on that It has always amused me that readers often lambast Balzac for his generalisations, while praising Emile an author whose Les Rougon [...]

    14. Okay, so I m throwing in the towel This book is probably on the precipice of greatness, but I just don t give a f ck When you find yourself yawning through pages and pages of narration, skimming and sighing and rolling your eyes, it s time to cut the cord It s not outside the realm of possibility that one day I ll find myself wanting to revisit Gervaise, maybe when I m old and incontinent, biding my time in a nursing home waiting for death to take me When I m so bored of playing bingo and watchi [...]

    15. L Assommoir is well known for its portrayal of alcoholism The 20th century prohibition movement took this novel up in a big way, as a morality play for the effects of alcohol abuse Certainly if you read the final chapters, you will find yourself in Dante s first ring, with figures bouncing madly in padded cells, starving prostitutes limping down deserted streets, corpses rotting under the stairs But the alcoholism in the novel serves merely as an enabler and multiplier for the miseries of the se [...]

    16. There is no hopeYou thought you ve read bleak, especially if you re acquainted with Zola, but until you read L Assommoir you don t know anything This hit me harder than The Book of Disquiet did by Pessoa.No one is spared in this novel, those who escape death are left destitute or soulless There is a glimmer of hope for some characters, but that s squashed if you re well acquainted with the Rougon Macquart series, in which many characters in L Assommoir have re appearances, and certainly not joyf [...]

    17. A masterpiece Brutal, angry, funny, sad The final chapter in particular is extraordinary for its time, and absolutely devastating The way he deals with domestic abuse throughout the book is jaw droppingly modern I have not read enough Zola, I realise that now.

    18. There are parts of L Assommoir the word means something like pub which are wonderfully comical On balance, though, the novel is horribly bleak It s not just about the working poor, but the nonworking poor, the ones starving to death in garrets and alleys There s a drunkard father who beats and kicks his wife to death over a period of months When his 8 year old daughter then takes over the raising of her younger siblings, he beats, whips, and starves her to death too.But let s start with the come [...]

    19. I loved Germinal for its honest honest sadness that the book brings to you on a bunch of paper This was almost equally as devastating especially in the last third when everything starts to fall apart but the difference between this and Germinal was that that had a steady pace and this one just plodded along and stretched out for ages in the middle The last third it really picked up The book is essentially about a lady called Gervaise nothing to do with Ricky and her relationship with her husband [...]

    20. Terrible d ch ance que celle de Gervaise, blanchisseuse dans les faubourgs ouvriers du Paris du Second Empire en pleine transformation, victime de l alcoolisme et de la pauvret dont Zola d crit l engrenage avec la pr cision d un journaliste et la bienveillance d un romancier dont le grand projet est de mettre en avant un d terminisme social et h r ditaire qui sans tre implacable et r ducteur n en broie pas moins ses victimes Une lecture difficile mais prenante et dont le plaisir de baigner dans [...]

    21. Ovo je jedna od onih knjiga, koja osim to sadr i ogromnu umetni ku vrednost i ukazuje na probleme svog vremena, ona i svedo i o pro losti i daje nam uvid u istoriju ivota obi nih ljudi, o kojima se mnogo malo govori u zvani nim istorijskim knjigama Radnja ove potresne pri e sme tena je u Parizu i to negde krajem XIX veka Knjiga prati sudbinu jedne sasvim obi ne pralje, koja ne eli ni ta osim da je ovek ne tu e, da ima dovoljno hrane i da umre u svom krevetu Ali, ponesena ta a njom atmosferom Par [...]

    22. mile Zola h n ph i l m t b c th y trong mi u t C i c ch ng d n d t ng i c theo nh ng cung b c c m x c qu i kh c bi t th t ng ng ng m C m gi c nh khi nghe Bohemian Rhapsody v y, ta i t u l n c ng ng i ngh s v khi m n bi u di n kh p l i, ta th y sao nh m t ki p ng i tr i qua t khi n o M t ki p ng i ng ng v i h ng bao l i r , bao b c ngo t, v y m v n c th nh r n l N u kh ng ph i v tr nh c a k i nh n y, th h n l nh t i n ng c a b c c m l i.

    23. There s a lot to like about Zola While L Assommoir is the seventh novel in the Rougon Macquart sequence that Zola wrote, it is the fifth that I have read Zola concentrates on perennially relevant themes in all his novels, themes which will still be worth reading about in one hundred years time L Assommoir deals with themes of alcoholism and addiction, adultery, jealousy, domestic violence, child abuse, poverty, squalor and urban slums Not a gentle read by any stretch of the imagination, however, [...]

    24. Maybe it s just me who likes Zola so much, but this has been so far an all time favorite Zola s realism is frightening It s one of those books that describe reality so well, in such an ugly way that you find yourself unable to put the book down Sometimes Zola exaggerates, maybe, but most of the time, it s so painfully true.The book describes so well the struggle of the working class, a struggle against luck, society, tradition and emotional dependence The characters, as Zola said, are not evil, [...]

    25. I very nearly rated this 4 stars It is an emotionally draining story, one which I had to stop reading about 2 3 through because I couldn t bear to read any just then.Gervaise wanted just a simple life a home, enough to eat, to not be beat, to die in her bed She was young and such goals were attainable in fact, except for the dying part she had them Some people, however, don t seem able to take charge of their own destinies This was my first Zola, it won t be the last His style is relatively sim [...]

    26. Bo una dememi ler alkol b t n k t l klerin anas d r diye Meyhane kitab n iki y l nce okurken, alkol n sebep oldu u aile facialar na, a l a, sefalete, yok olu a ahit olmu tum zellikle a l n, sefaletin , dedikodunun anlat ld yerlerde Zola n n kalemine hayran kalm t m.Kitab n ns z nden okudu uma g re yazar da ya am n n bir b l mde ciddi a l k ekmi yle ki penceresine konan ku lar yakalay p, yemek zorunda kalm Meyhanede Jervez isimli bir kad nca z vard , asl nda melek gibi bir kalbi vard , kimseyi k [...]

    27. After Lalie has witnessed her mother perish at the hands of Bijard, her father, she assumes her mother s role both as the sole caretaker of her two younger siblings and as the sole victim of Bijard s frequent drunken rages Though this little girl is increasingly brutalized, she never exhibits anger toward her father and even excuses his sadistic treatment of her as she dies from starvation and the whip marks that cover her entire body The snapshots of Lalie s ordeal are an occasional backdrop to [...]

    28. Absolutely crushing and horrifying Mais fantastique My 1.95 copy of the book completely disintegrated as I read it, so that the pages would fall out as soon as I finished them, fluttering to the floor and later sitting in a messy, out of order pile on my bedside table I almost feel like it was meant to be read that way I m almost glad I can t go back and type out the passages that were most disturbing to me men tortured by alcoholism and succumbing finally, humiliatingly, to delirium tremens men [...]

    29. Call me crazy but like a little grit with with my historical fiction Don t get me wrong, I love reading about kings, queens, balls and jewels However, I also love reading about how the other half lived or in Emile s case struggled to live Although L Assomoir was written centuries ago, Emile s use of naturalism poverty, unemployment, addiction, prejudice, human despair, class and gender struggles Emile s Paris could be any city in any country today This was my first book by Emile Zola but it cert [...]

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