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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,501 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Émile Zola Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Rougon-Macquart Cycle Release Date:
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ivy Pittman | 2/9/2014

    " One of the saddest stories I've read in a long time. Gervaise starts out as such a beautiful, courageous and ambitious young woman. A man, the drink and losing her child (which was because of a man a& the drink) throws her in downward spiral of desolate destruction. I hope right up until the last few pages that life would turn around for her. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Charlotte | 2/4/2014

    " Deprimant, long et difficile a lire! Mais je l'ai fini. Yay me! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Aya | 1/15/2014

    " le style de zola est tres trs remarquable et inoubliable aussi "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Hyojin | 1/12/2014

    " Vivid description of working class in Paris "

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