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Au Bonheur des Dames (The Ladies' Delight) by Émile Zola
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Apr 08, 2007

really liked it
Read in October, 2006

Probably my favorite of the French realist novels I've read (although that's not saying much). I probably learned more about literature by reading it than another other book, except maybe In Cold Blood. Zola, Flaubert, Shakespeare and Capote make you so aware of the amazing craft they put into their work but it never detracts from the story. That's what makes a great writer, I think.
Also, this book is (at least superficially) about shopping and capitalism-critique. It's like our respective interests are fused into one book!

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message 1: by Kevin (last edited Aug 25, 2016 10:57AM) (new)

Kevin Lewis Hooray for capitalism critique! Although how it's accomplished through shopping, I can only imagine. Not that I'm trying to have my interests win out over yours.

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