The Gin Palace

By Émile Zola
Read by Frederick Davidson

The Rougon-Macquart Cycle: Book 7

6.88 Hours 10/01/1999 unabridged
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The Gin Palace is the seventh novel in Zola’s Rougon-Macquart cycle, which follows two branches of a French family through several generations. It is also the work that made his reputation, introducing one of the most sympathetic heroines in nineteenth-century literature. Abandoned by her lover and left to bring up their two children alone, Gervaise Macquart has to fight to earn an honest living. When she accepts the marriage proposal of Monsieur Coupeau, it seems as though she is on the path to a decent, respectable life at last. But with her husband’s drinking and the unexpected appearance of a figure from her past, Gervaise’s plans begin to unravel tragically.

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The Gin Palace is the seventh novel in Zola’s Rougon-Macquart cycle, which follows two branches of a French family through several generations. It is also the work that made his reputation, introducing one of the most sympathetic heroines in nineteenth-century literature.

Abandoned by her lover and left to bring up their two children alone, Gervaise Macquart has to fight to earn an honest living. When she accepts the marriage proposal of Monsieur Coupeau, it seems as though she is on the path to a decent, respectable life at last. But with her husband’s drinking and the unexpected appearance of a figure from her past, Gervaise’s plans begin to unravel tragically.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Unsurpassable…heroically big…the intensity of her creator’s vision…of the dense sordid life…is one of the great things the modern novel has been able to do.” Henry James
“The Gin Palace delighted me…full of color, movement, and life.” Anatole France
“A born writer, marvelously gifted.” Guy de Maupassant

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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, Digital Rental
Category: Fiction/Classics
Runtime: 6.88
Audience: Adult
Language: English