Au Bonheur des Dames: The Ladies' Paradise (Royal Collector's Edition) (Case Laminate Hardcover with Jacket) by Zola, Émile

Au Bonheur des Dames: The Ladies' Paradise (Royal Collector's Edition) (Case Laminate Hardcover with Jacket)

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Au Bonheur des Dames follows widower Octave Mouret, owner of Au Bonheur des Dames, whose retail innovations and store expansions threaten the existence of all the neighborhood shops, and Denise Baudu, a 20-year-old woman working in sales at the department store. Octave's aim is to overwhelm the senses of his female customers, forcing them to spend by bombarding them with an array of buying choices and by juxtaposing goods in enticing and intoxicating ways. Despite his contempt for women, Octave finds himself slowly falling in love with Denise, whose refusal to be seduced by his charms further inflames him.

Au Bonheur des Dames is part of the Rougon-Macquart series by Émile Zola. It was first serialized in the periodical Gil Blas and published in novel form by Charpentier in 1883. Zola designed the Rougon-Macquart novels to demonstrate how heredity and environment operate on the members of one family over the course of the Second French Empire. In this case, the environment is the department store. The novel has been adapted for film, theatre, and as a radio play for the BBC.

This case laminate collector's edition includes a Victorian inspired dust-jacket.

Author: Émile Zola
Publisher: Royal Classics
Published: 10/10/2021
Pages: 380
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.6lbs
Size: 9.00h x 6.00w x 1.00d
ISBN: 9781774765067

About the Author
Zola, Émile: - "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. He was a major figure in the political liberalization of France and in the exoneration of the falsely accused and convicted army officer Alfred Dreyfus.Zola was nominated for the first and second Nobel Prize in Literature in 1901 and 1902. He wrote every day for around 30 years and is considered to be a significant influence on writers that are credited with the creation of new journalism: Wolfe, Capote, Thompson, Mailer, Didion, Talese and others."

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