His Masterpiece - Part 1 par Émile ZOLA – Full Free AudioBook
The Ladies' Paradise by Zola
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They might as well go on to say that this period-piece soap opera set in a large store in nineteenth-century northern England is no less based on Upstairs, Downstairs , The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie , and countless episodic historical dramas British television has been producing for decades with the exception of real masterpieces like I Claudius , or Brideshead Revisited , where great care was taken to carry over to the visual medium the brilliance of the original novel. But before taking this up, it seems appropriate to ask first what the history of the rise of the department store owes to Zola and Au bonheur des dames. There is to be sure as much fiction as fact in Au bonheur des dames. Octave Mouret, the creator of Au bonheur, is a character of Zolaesque origins, predating the writing of Au bonheur , and too much an imaginary assemblage to take for either Aristide Boucicaut or the founders of the Louvre. Denise, the heroine in the novel, takes on certain paternalistic attributes of the legendary Madame Boucicaut, but little else in her portrait would seem to correspond to the little we know of Marguerite Boucicaut. None of this, however, should matter greatly since Au bonheur des dames fails miserably as a purely literary creation. Neither characters nor plot development carry any significant weight.
Whatever the logical ins and outs of its transfer from Belle Epoque Paris to a northern English city, the BBC's Victorian potboiler has given a new lease of cross-Channel life to Emile Zola's novel of nascent consumer culture. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. Want to discuss real-world problems, be involved in the most engaging discussions and hear from the journalists? Start your Independent Premium subscription today. Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium. It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss real-world solutions, and more.