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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 542 pages
  • Publisher: Livre de Poche (October 1972)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 2253002860
  • ISBN-13: 978-2253002864
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,907,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Zola's descriptions are vivid and colorful and I enjoyed every word.
Martine
I read this book in about two weeks which is a record for me considering that it is a long story.
MARY SPROUL
They belong to one large family, and of course reading the French of Zola is such a pleasure.
suzanne hassid

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
Au Bonheur des Dames is the story of an orphaned young girl Denise. She moves to Paris with her younger siblings to live with her uncle and aunt and immediately is enthralled with the lights and the beauty of the city. She begins work in the store Au Bonheur des Dames and falls in love with its propriator. The novel is a love story but also examines the perpetual battle between the old and the new ways of living. The store Au Bonheur des Dames sells a variety of products while the store of Denise's family is simply a clothing store. Zola's novel is before its time. It accurately describes a social issue of today, the bigger commercial store taking over the small, personalized store.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ntdsimon on September 7, 2013
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Souvent considéré comme un roman mineur de Zola, c' est à mon avis une réflexion passionnante sur l'émergence de la société de consommation et la concentration capitaliste. Les visions de Mouret cherchant des investisseurs valent Richard Gère dans la firme.
Le monde ouvrier des petites vendeuses exploitées et égoïstes est parfaitement décrit. Comme toujours un grand roman sociologique. A découvrir ou ré découvrir
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. J. Broer on June 12, 2009
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Although a well-made book, beware that this is an abridged version of the story. Good references in the book and notes. Helpful insights with questions at the end of each chapter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Silvi on October 2, 2013
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Beautiful love story. I couldn't put the book down. It's a great book to read during vacation. And it was free!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bob Palmer on April 25, 2014
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We bought it because we enjoyed "The Paradise" video series, and wanted to see how Zola's original compared to it.
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By MARY SPROUL on June 12, 2014
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Well written and easy to read even for a non-French. I am not a shopper but thoroughly enjoyed reading about the making of this department store with all the details and tribulations. Then lots of human interest stories and the interminable love story between Denise and her boss. I read this book in about two weeks which is a record for me considering that it is a long story. It is probably more a book for women about women. Great read.....
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Emile Zola is one of my preferred writer. Au Bonheur des dames belongs to the serie of the Rougon-Macquart.
Each book has a different subject.
Au Bonheur des Dames is the story of the birth of Depatment stores, described to its smallest details. A little romance is added.
Once you start to read one book of the Rougon-Macquart, you want to read all of them.. They belong to one large family, and of course reading the French of Zola is such a pleasure.
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By Amazon Customer on January 22, 2014
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It looks like a novel and it is a good story , but it also gives a lesson on the roots of our economic difficulties
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