The Paradise: A Novel (TV tie-in) [NOOK Book]

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A companion edition to the TV series from Masterpiece on PBS

Through charm, drive, and diligent effort Octave Mouret has become the director of one of the finest new department stores in Paris, Au Bonheur des Dames. Supremely aware of the power of his position, Mouret seeks to exploit the desire that his luxuriantly displayed merchandise arouses in the ladies who shop, and the aspirations of the young female assistants he employs. Charting the...
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The Paradise: A Novel (TV tie-in)

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Overview

A companion edition to the TV series from Masterpiece on PBS

Through charm, drive, and diligent effort Octave Mouret has become the director of one of the finest new department stores in Paris, Au Bonheur des Dames. Supremely aware of the power of his position, Mouret seeks to exploit the desire that his luxuriantly displayed merchandise arouses in the ladies who shop, and the aspirations of the young female assistants he employs. Charting the beginnings of the capitalist economy and bourgeois society, Zola captures in lavish detail the greedy customers and gossiping staff, and the obsession with image, fashion, and gratification that was a phenomenon of nineteenth-century French consumer society. Of all Zola's novels, this may be the one with the most relevance for our own time.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101635902
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/4/2013
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 58,517
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Émile Zola (1840-1902) was the leading figure in the French school of naturalistic fiction. His principal work, Les Rougon-Macquart, is a panorama of mid-19th century French life, in a cycle of twenty novels which Zola wrote over a period of twenty-two years.
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  • Posted February 7, 2014

    Fascinating read

    This was a real page turner and so historically informative as well. It is easy to see the groundwork for the modern obsession with shopping in the creation of the first department store. If you have been to and love Paris, you will enjoy this novel even more.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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