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by Zola, Émile

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TitleThe ladies' paradise
Author / Responsible partyZola, Émile
GenreHistorical fiction.
TopicsHistorical fiction.
Intended AudienceAdult
PublisherVisAbility Ltd.


A glitzy, fast paced Parisian drama depicting life at the world's first department store, revealing its many innovative marketing concepts, fashion, glamour, lust, greed, courage, deception, human foibles, and the vision and financial risk-taking that led to a world transformation in shopping -- one that set all the little shop keepers on their heads. All this is contrasted by our heroine Denise, a young sales woman who struggles through financial hardship, back-stabbing friendships, and incredible temptations with a quiet courage that helps her rise to the top. As she passes through fire and emerges from it unscathed, we get Zola's masterful depiction of social upheaval and feminine resistance to evil. In 2012 the BBC used the novel as the basis for an eight-part television series set in northern England titled The Paradise. A second season followed in 2013. The novel was also was adapted into a play, The Ladies' Delight, for BBC Radio 4, premiering in September 2010. (Summary by Michele Fry). Original French title: Au Bonheur des Dames

Additional Information

System control numberS14354
Original Print PublisherLondon : Vizetelly & Co., 1886
Series statementBook 11 of the Rougon-Macquart series
Series statement (Book 1 of Series Title)Book 11 of the Rougon-Macquart series
NarratorK.G. Cross
Narrator NameK.G. Cross
Participant or performer noteK.G. Cross
Narrators GenderFemale narrator