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The Drinking Den
     

The Drinking Den

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by Emile Zola
 

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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 fight

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The Drinking Den (Penguin Classics Series) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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Mariamosis More than 1 year ago
'L'Assommoir' translated into 'The Drinking Den' is the seventh novel in Emile Zola's Les Rougon-Macquart cycle, and one of the most popular in the 20 book series. The story begins with Gervaise Macquart in a slum neighborhood prior to her husband abandoning her and their two small offspring. Poverty stricken Gervaise dreams of owning her own washing business and leading a comfortable life with her two children. Eventually events take another turn and things could not look better. As her friends and family become jealous, havoc starts to wreak on the washerwoman; and as life is not always constant things once again take a turn for the worst and soon Gervaise finds herself in another battle with poverty. A favorite book! (Although this is the seventh book in the Les Rougon-Macquart cycle it is not necessary to read them in order.)