Synopses & Reviews
The Ladies' Paradise
is a compelling story of ambition and love set against the backdrop of the spectacular rise of the department store in 1860s Paris. Octave Mouret is a business genius who transforms a modest draper's shop into a hugely successful retail enterprise, masterfully exploiting the desires of his female customers and ruining small competitors along the way. Through the eyes of trainee salesgirl Denise we see the inner workings of the store and the relations and intrigues among the staff, human dramas played out alongside the relentless pursuit of commercial supremacy.
Now adapted into a TV series called The Paradise, Zola's novel is a masterly portrayal of life in the bustling, gossipy world of the best department store in town
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About the Author
is an Emeritus Professor of French Studies and Translation at Monash University, Melbourne. He is the author or editor of twelve books on aspects of modern French and European culture, including The Cambridge Companion to Émile Zola
, and he has translated four other Zola novels for the Oxford World's Classics