The Ladies' Paradise (BBC tie-in)

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The Ladies' Paradise is a compelling story of ambition and love set against the backdrop of the spectacular rise of the department store in 1860s Paris. Octave Mouret is a business genius who transforms a modest draper's shop into a hugely successful retail enterprise, masterfully exploiting the desires of his female customers and ruining small competitors along the way. Through the eyes of trainee salesgirl Denise we see the inner workings of the store and the relations and intrigues among the staff, human ...
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Overview


The Ladies' Paradise is a compelling story of ambition and love set against the backdrop of the spectacular rise of the department store in 1860s Paris. Octave Mouret is a business genius who transforms a modest draper's shop into a hugely successful retail enterprise, masterfully exploiting the desires of his female customers and ruining small competitors along the way. Through the eyes of trainee salesgirl Denise we see the inner workings of the store and the relations and intrigues among the staff, human dramas played out alongside the relentless pursuit of commercial supremacy.

Now adapted into a TV series called The Paradise, Zola's novel is a masterly portrayal of life in the bustling, gossipy world of the best department store in town
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  • ISBN-13: 9780199675968
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/7/2013
  • Series: Oxford World's Classics Series
  • Edition description: Media Tie
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 142,211
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian Nelson is an Emeritus Professor of French Studies and Translation at Monash University, Melbourne. He is the author or editor of twelve books on aspects of modern French and European culture, including The Cambridge Companion to Émile Zola, and he has translated four other Zola novels for the Oxford World's Classics series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2012

    Department Store Winner

    Even in translation, Zola is a great read, and this is a book to appeal to all.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2013

    What a great story! While it's different in many aspects than t

    What a great story! While it's different in many aspects than the BBC-made tv program, "The Paradise" (or rather, "The Ladies' Paradise") is intriguing and lovely. It sure causes one to think, but also, entertains with the story of Mouret and Denise, et. al.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2014

    Excellent read!

    I purchased this book after enjoying the series, The Paradise, on PBS. The original story is different in many ways from the drama, but it was quite engrossing. Zola goes into intricate and fascinating description about the growth of a large department store in 19th century Paris. He pays a great deal of attention to the relationships of the people, including the owner, the employees, and the people who own and run the smaller local shops that are gradually put out of businesses. There is also a wonderful and complicated romance story. I didn't want the book to end!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 15, 2014

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    AudioBook Review Stars:  Overall: 4  Narration: 3  Story: 5 

    AudioBook Review
    Stars:  Overall: 4  Narration: 3  Story: 5 




    Prodigious barely can encompass the volumes added to literature by Émile Zola.  In this, his eleventh book that dealt with various familial and societal relationships, Zola creates captivating characters that both serve as witness to, and participants in the great changes that are occurring throughout Paris in the post 1860's world.   Now familiar to many as the genesis idea for the PBS Masterpiece Classic series The Paradise,  it was an interesting listen as I was able to work out the direct correlations between characters and the more composite or ‘informed by’ in the television version.  




    Having read excerpts in the original French several years ago, the one lasting impression from the writing of Zola is his rich and layered use of description.  Long unused, to attempt this book now, either in written or spoken version would be daunting – I would understand little at first go, yet the beauty of the phrasing and descriptions do resonate, even if their meaning is lost. 




    The audio version is narrated by Lee Ann Howlett, to mixed effect for me I must say.  While I can appreciate the effort put forth, the mispronunciation of Monsieur, Madame, Mademoiselle (often shortened to Mill for Mlle.) served to take me away from the story at each turn.  There were some affectations of pitch and tone to elucidate a ‘younger’ speaker that were little more than grating, and I was pleased to see that as the story progressed the variations in the pitch of the speech lessened in impact.  Howlett has a wonderful voice that was well suited to the narration of the story, and it would have been a far smoother listen for me had she not adjusted to accommodate changes in characters during conversations.  




    This is ultimately a story that focuses on changes, large and small, both to society, a city and to the people who inhabit it.  Historically it was a tumultuous time with wars, political unrest, the advent of more industrialized options for manufacturing, and most countries were dealing with economic hardships and food scarcity that often resulted in migration from small communities into the cities to find work.  Denise is no different, heading to Paris to help her uncle in his small yet struggling shop.  The new thing, a full-service department store full of ‘ready-made’ goods and providing goods to entice every consumer is opening, and she soon secures a position in the ladies department.  The story not only shows the growth and changes occurring in the country and the city, but inside the store and with Denise herself, as she learns to ‘polish’ her appearance, and uses her not inconsiderable sense and reasoning to rise within the hierarchy of the store.  Like all young women, Denise has secrets and dreams, and we are fortunate to see her journey.  Far from being a staid and boring story that only will appeal to fans of historic fiction, this story has a bit of everything: conflict, history, love, loss and even drama in varying doses as the characters from the store live their lives and serve their customers. 




    I received an AudioBook copy of the title via AudioBook Jukebox for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility

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  • Posted December 9, 2013

    This important book is a glimpse into the evolution of the retai

    This important book is a glimpse into the evolution of the retail department store in Paris in the late 1800s, couched in the changing social order and business practices of the times. As a businesswoman, I enjoyed the business issues and reasoning articulated by the colorful contrasting characters that populate this novel. It is at The Ladies Paradise - truly a department store palace - that social classes blend into a new social order of men and women and a new retail business model unfolds.  As a romantic, I was taken in by the love story and the personal struggles and triumphs that wind their way through the halls of The Ladies Paradise establishment and the streets of Paris, exposing the passions and whims of the people of the day. Business and social change clearly has victors and victims and folly and wisdom that informs and entertains the reader. The recent PBS series "The Paradise" is based on this novel. Although the characters and plot differ considerably they are equally fascinating. Zola offers us an historical and emotionally enlightening story in any format. A worthwhile read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2013

    CrimsonWhisker and PaleDove's Bios

    Name- CrimsonWhisker<p>
    Gender- Tom<p>
    Description- Crimson red tom cat with white paws and amber colored eyes<p>
    Crush- No<p>
    Mate- Wants!!!!!<p>
    Kits- No<p>
    Parents- TsumaniTwist (mom) and TornadoSwarm (dad)<p>
    Siblings- MudslideTumble (brother) and HurricanePower (sister)<p>
    Rank- Warrior<p>
    Name~ PaleDove<p>
    Gender~ Tom<p>
    Description~ Dove grey tom with pale green eyes<p>
    Crush~ No<p>
    Mate~ Wants!!!!!<p>
    Kits~ No<p>
    Parents~ WolfTail (mom) and FoxSprint (dad)<p>
    Siblings~ CougarWhip (brother), BearClaw (brother), and CoyoteStripe (sister)<p>
    Rank~ Warrior

    0 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2013

    EclispeStone

    [NAME] EclispeStone <p> [AGE] 9 Molns <p> [LOOKS] Looks like a mini NightClaw with golden eye and speckles of red. <p> [HISTORY] Was adopted by a she named Sapphirewing. She told the clan tjat Nigjtclaw died. Eclispe got mad at her ad left her. Nightclaw became his adopted brother. <p> [CRUSH/MAT] None. <p> [PERSONALITY] Dark. <p> [KIN] Le same as NightClaw's) <p> Goodbye!

    0 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2013

    Startlingkit URGENT

    Im locked out of res 1!!!

    0 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2013

    Mistfur Bio Updated!!!

    Name---Uhhh......Is it Mistfur? Gender---Female. Duh. Age---Unknown but quite young. Mate---None yet!!! Crush---Swamp-oops!!! Kits---None but really wants some. Appearence---Beautiful white fur. Has silver tinges. (See Ivypools picture on the second book fourth series.) Blue eyes. Fluffy and silky fur. Feathery tail. Personality---Sweet and quiet. Cares deeply for Blackpaw. Chatty at some times. A bit stubborn. Super scared of water. Kin---Blacklight (mate missing) Lionkit and Flamekit (kits missing) Ghostwhisp (mom dead) Waterrush (dad dead) Snowfall and Sunleaf (sisters dead) Whitefoot (brother dead). History---A few seasons ago she lived in a Clan with a river running through it. One day when she was collecting herbs for the med cat a huge storm rolled in. She took residence in a cave. When she returned to camp she found her mate kits friends and family swimming for their lives. She was too high up on a hill to help her clanmates in the gorge. She saw them sink under the surface one by one. She tried to help but with no prevail. Later after the water level fell she ran to camp. She found every body except her mate and kits. She still belives they are alive.

    0 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2013

    LastRose,DistantPaw,GingerPaw

    ~•LastRose•~ <p>
    Rank~ Warrior <br>
    Gender~ Female <br>
    Mate~ BrackenStar <br>
    Crush~ BrackenStar <br>
    Kits~ DistantPaw•Son•,GingerPaw•Daughter• and CalicoPaw•Son• <br>
    Apperance~ A light brown tabby shecat with darker brown stripes. Her paws are white. Her chest is white with a reddish oak rose mark in the center. Shes slender with longlegs. <br>
    Family~ <br>
    DistantPaw~Son <br>
    GingerPaw~Daughter <br>
    CalicoPaw~Son <br>
    BrackenStar~Mate•^_^• <br>
    Theme Song~ Diamonds by Rhianana. <p>
    >}•3•)< DistantPaw <p>
    Male <br>
    Crush on Mistfur <br>
    No mate <br>
    No kits <br>
    Handsome tom, looks exactly like Brackenstar but with sunset orange eyes. <br>
    Family~ <br>
    Last~Mother <br>
    Bracken~Father <br>
    Ginger~Sister, <br>
    Calico~ Brother <br>
    No theme song <p>
    #Gingeh <p>
    SheCat <br>
    Apprentice <br>
    No crush or mate <br>
    Looks exactly like lastrose, green eyes. <br>
    Family~ Look at Distantpaws. <p>
    I rushed! I had to go!

    0 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2013

    Sapphirewing

    A turquoise teal blue she cat with white chest paws and tip of tail. I am looking fir a mate and wanting kits im only 19 moons.

    0 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2013

    Lilyghost and co. UPDATE

    Lilyghost . Shecat . Warrior . 20 moons . White she cat with pale pink legs with black paws with heather purple eyes with black on the edge .. she is nice talkative sweet can appear from no where . Crush maybe ;) . Mate no . Kits nope . Ghostjay is mom . Leech is dad . Moonjay is sister . Swampfire is a friend of moonjays . Panda is a friend of the family . My history is tooo boring . I rp her ........
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    Moonjay . Shecat . Medcat . 20 moons . Silverish gray shecat with dark blue paws and chest she has ice blue eyes with teal on the edge .. is is nice caring loyal brave . crush nope . Mate nope . Kits nope . Ghostjay is mom . Leech is dad . Lilyghost is sister . Swampfire is my friend . Panda is a friend of the family . my history is just as boring as lilyghosts . Megan rps her . Megan also has cancer and cant rp much ..........
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    Swampfire . Tom . Warrior . 19 moons . He is a brownish green tom with red paws and tail his tail is very puffy he has green eyes with flecks of gold in them ... nice strong brave overprotective . Crush is mistfur . Mate nope . Kits nope . Kin blazestorm is mom . Oakleaf is dad . Chickadeeclaw is sister . Calahan is kittypet sister . Lilyghost and moonjay are his friends . History is boring and i wonder why i fail in it . Josh rps him .....
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    Pandaeye but he goes by panda . Tom . Warrior . 16 moons . He is a black tom with a white tail and paw he has black eyes but he has a blind eye that the blindness (u can tell he is blind because it is a milky white color ) is in the shape of a panda . caring gentle loyal can get overprotective at times . Crush it is a secret hint it starts with b. Mate nope . Kits nope . Halfpelt is mom . Angeldeath is dad . Halfface is sister . Cowstampede is brother . He is a friend to moonjays family . History cant tell u . Chris rps him .......
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    Halfface . Shecat . Warrior . age unknown . she is a black she cat with silver stripes she has puffy paws and tail her good eye is gold with flecks of silver the other half of her face she lost when she was a kit she wont talk about it so DONT ask . Nice sweet good runner swift agile . Crush maybe . Mate nope . Kits nope . Kin is the same as pandaeyes . Histiry i wont tell u .... i rp her . I am julia btw ...........

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2013

    Nightclaw

    NAME: Nightclaw AGE: 25 moons LOOKS: Hes a skinny jet black tom with blood red eyes, has long legs and a long tail, eyes twitches sometimes. CRUSH: Snowclaw MATE: Snowclaw KITS: Hopes to have some with Snowclaw sometime in the future. KIN: Soaringjay (brother missing) Wildheart (sister missing) Jaggedfur (brother missing) Dawnsky (sister dead) Shadowflame (father missing) Wolfsong (mother dead) EXTRA: Insane, sly, able to hide in shadows. INFO: Thinks of Eclipsepaw as his little brother, like Sonic and Tails. Has a scar over his right eye. Claws and fangs are unusually sharp. HISTORY: He used to live in Mistclan, but one day, Twolegs who were fishing got to smoking, and decided to drop their cigarettes, without putting them out.The fire roared and burned down the cats who had stayed in the camp, while the others on the hunting patrol survived. Nightclaw was devastated, searching moons for his family. The rest of the hunting patrol was never found, and nightclaw ran, wishing for a new life. He found Wingclan, and found his new home. He now lives there, staying in his den at the last result.

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2013

    Snowclaw's bio

    Gender-She-Cat;Age-Around 22 moons; Eyes-Cyan;Pelt- Black and white;Siblings-Dead;Personality-Calm,Kind,Intelligent,;Crush/Mate-Nightclaw;Kits-None, hopefully Wispkit

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2013

    Swiftkit

    Gender shecat five moons old has a dark past mate none rank kit grey pelt with iceblue eyes has a scar on her back if you look under her fur parent were assenins

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2013

    Titan

    Im a well used to be rogue who got captured by abusive twolegs. Im all silver. With sea blue eyes. Im also 26 moons old

    0 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted November 3, 2010

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    Posted April 10, 2011

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