Nana by Émile Zola audiobook

Nana

By Émile Zola
Read by Leighton Pugh

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17.76 Hours Unabridged
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Nana soon rockets through elite Parisian society, and, blinded by desire, men crawl to her feet, yielding to her every demand. Affections are manipulated, hearts are broken, fortunes are gutted, and inheritances squandered. The poverty and violence of Nana’s upbringing have led her to a cold and profligate life—a metaphoric indictment of the excesses of France’s Second Empire and a striking example of Zola’s naturalism.

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Summary

Summary

Nana soon rockets through elite Parisian society, and, blinded by desire, men crawl to her feet, yielding to her every demand. Affections are manipulated, hearts are broken, fortunes are gutted, and inheritances squandered. The poverty and violence of Nana’s upbringing have led her to a cold and profligate life—a metaphoric indictment of the excesses of France’s Second Empire and a striking example of Zola’s naturalism.

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Editorial Reviews

“Narrator Leighton Pugh’s quietly expressive vocal style and relaxed pacing help listeners engage with Zola’s naturalistic and expansive novel of avarice, poverty, and degradation among all the social classes in nineteenth-century France. Pugh capably meets the dual challenges of illuminating the novel’s lush descriptive language and imbuing the large cast with rich vocal characterizations. Indeed, Pugh’s talented narration creates an almost theatrical experience. The plot centers on Nana Coupeau, a prostitute who becomes an immediate sensation when she appears in a Parisian theater production despite her lack of acting or singing ability. The abundant male attention she then receives propels the story. A lengthy but transporting audio treat.” AudioFile
“Nana turns into myth, without ceasing to be real.” Gustave Flaubert

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Author Bio: Émile Zola

Author Bio: Émile Zola

Émile Zola (1840–1902), French writer and critic, was raised in a poor family at Aix-en-Provence and at age eighteen went to Paris where he worked as a clerk and a journalist before turning to writing novels. For many years he used his fiction in the service of his passion for social reform. He published many masterworks but is perhaps most famous for his series of novels called Les Rougon-Macquart, one of the chief monuments of the French naturalist movement.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Classics
Runtime: 17.76
Audience: Adult
Language: English