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Émile Zola: L'Assommoir (Landmarks of World Literature)
This is a new introduction to Zola's masterpiece, published amid controversy in 1876-7. L'Assommoir is analyzed as a social and political novel, as a representative work of literary naturalism, and in the context of its repercussions in the history of the novel. Professor Baguley investigates its complex and sometimes ambiguous themes, its literary structures and its techn ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published August 28th 1992 by Cambridge University Press
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It started out great but it wasn't long until the characters started making bad decisions! This book thrust me into a completely depression. I was in Paris at the time I was reading it and kept thinking that all the beauty there was built on the backs of the poor! I fully understood the revolution. Couldn't finish the last few chapters lest I completely give up all hope for the future! Hating naturalism!