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The Gin Palace Émile Zola Fredrick Davidson The Gin Palace When Gervaise gazes beyond the gray and interminable wall she sees a great light a golden mist waving and shimmering with the dawn of a new Parisian day But it is to the Barriere Poissonniers that he

  • Title: The Gin Palace
  • Author: Émile Zola Fredrick Davidson
  • ISBN: 9780786116362
  • Page: 338
  • Format: Audio
  • The Gin Palace Émile Zola Fredrick Davidson When Gervaise gazes beyond the gray and interminable wall she sees a great light, a golden mist waving and shimmering with the dawn of a new Parisian day But it is to the Barriere Poissonniers that her eyes persistently return watching dully the uninterrupted flow of men and cattle, wagons and sheep which come down from Montmartre and from la Chapelle Gervaise thinksWhen Gervaise gazes beyond the gray and interminable wall she sees a great light, a golden mist waving and shimmering with the dawn of a new Parisian day But it is to the Barriere Poissonniers that her eyes persistently return watching dully the uninterrupted flow of men and cattle, wagons and sheep which come down from Montmartre and from la Chapelle Gervaise thinks she distinguishes Lantier amid this crowd With a fresh pang of disappointment she presses her handkerchief to her lips to restrain her sobs The tinsmith who occupies a tiny room at the top of the house, his bag of tools over his shoulder, asks of Lantier s whereabouts and sees Gervaise s eyes red with tears Glancing at the bed, he discovers it has not been disturbed He shakes his head You think your husband ought to have been with you, Madame But don t be troubled, he is busy with politicsrhaps he passed the night with his friends abusing that reprobate, Bonaparte.
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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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