The Ladies' Paradise

Émile ZOLA (1840 - 1902), translated by Ernest Alfred VIZETELLY (1853 - 1922)

Zola's original French publication, Au Bonheur des Dames ("The Ladies' Delight"), published 1882, is the eleventh novel in his Rougon-Macquart series. This English translation by Ernest Alfred Vizetelly, was published in 1886. It's 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. ~ Solo by Kristinjg, Edited by Michele Fry, Summary by Michele Fry

Genre(s): Historical Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Chapter 1, Part 1 K.G.Cross
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Play 02 Chapter 1, Part 2 K.G.Cross
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Play 03 Chapter 2, Part 1 K.G.Cross
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Play 04 Chapter 2, Part 2 K.G.Cross
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Play 05 Chapter 3, Part 1 K.G.Cross
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Play 06 Chapter 3, Part 2 K.G.Cross
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Play 07 Chapter 4, Part 1 K.G.Cross
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Play 08 Chapter 4, Part 2 K.G.Cross
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Play 09 Chapter 4, Part 3 K.G.Cross
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Play 10 Chapter 5, Part 1 K.G.Cross
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Play 11 Chapter 5, Part 2 K.G.Cross
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Play 12 Chapter 5, Part 3 K.G.Cross
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Play 13 Chapter 6, Part 1 K.G.Cross
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Play 14 Chapter 6, Part 2 K.G.Cross
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Play 15 Chapter 7, Part 1 K.G.Cross
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Play 17 Chapter 8, Part 1 K.G.Cross
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Play 19 Chapter 9, Part 1 K.G.Cross
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Play 20 Chapter 9, Part 2 K.G.Cross
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Play 21 Chapter 9, Part 3 K.G.Cross
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Play 22 Chapter 10, Part 1 K.G.Cross
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Play 23 Chapter 10, Part 2 K.G.Cross
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Play 24 Chapter 10, Part 3 K.G.Cross
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Play 25 Chapter 11, Part 1 K.G.Cross
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Play 26 Chapter 11, Part 2 K.G.Cross
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Play 27 Chapter 12, Part 1 K.G.Cross
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Play 28 Chapter 12, Part 2 K.G.Cross
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Play 29 Chapter 12, Part 3 K.G.Cross
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Play 30 Chapter 13, Part 1 K.G.Cross
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Play 31 Chapter 13, Part 2 K.G.Cross
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Play 32 Chapter 14, Part 1 K.G.Cross
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Play 33 Chapter 14, Part 2 K.G.Cross
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Play 34 Chapter 14, Part 3 K.G.Cross
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