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18h 19min

The Ladies' Paradise

Auteur: Émile Zola Narrateur: Leighton Pugh Livre audio

Zola’s The Ladies’ Paradise (Au Bonheur des Dames, 1883) plays out in a colossal and opulent Parisian department store of the same name. Its owner, Octave Mouret, builds his innovative, upmarket women’s fashion empire at the expense of the city’s smaller, traditional shops. A self-declared manipulator of women, Mouret not only plays on his female customers’ personal insecurities and social aspirations to keep his takings high, but also exploits his mostly female staff who work long hours in harsh conditions. After a difficult start, one young recruit, Denise Baudu, ends up giving Mouret much more than he bargained for.

© 2021 Naxos Audiobooks (Livre audio) ISBN: 9781781983829 Titre original: Au Bonheur des Dames Traducteur: updated by Leighton Pugh, Ernest Alfred Vizetelly