Books Should Be Free
Loyal Books
Free Public Domain Audiobooks & eBook Downloads
Search by: Title, Author or Keyword


L'Assommoir by Émile Zola
By: (1840-1902)

L'Assommoir by Émile Zola is a captivating and brutally honest depiction of life in the working-class neighborhoods of Paris in the late 19th century. The novel follows the struggles of Gervaise Macquart, a laundress who dreams of a better life for herself and her family, but ultimately succumbs to the pitfalls of poverty, alcoholism, and abusive relationships.

Zola's vivid descriptions and keen observations bring the characters and their environment to life, painting a grim picture of the harsh realities faced by the urban poor. The author's unflinching portrayal of Gervaise's downward spiral is both heartbreaking and thought-provoking, shedding light on the destructive effects of societal pressures and personal weaknesses.

Despite its dark themes and tragic ending, L'Assommoir is a powerful and important work of literature that offers valuable insights into the human condition and the complexities of social issues. Zola's masterful storytelling and deep understanding of human nature make this novel a timeless classic that continues to resonate with readers today.

Book Description:

Émile François Zola (French pronunciation: [emil zɔˈla]) (2 April 1840 – 29 September 1902) was an influential French writer, the most important exemplar of the literary school of naturalism. More than half of Zola’s novels were part of a set of twenty novels about a family under the Second Empire collectively known as Les Rougon-Macquart.

L’Assommoir (1877) is the seventh novel in the series. Usually considered one of Zola’s masterpieces, the novel—a harsh and uncompromising study of alcoholism and poverty in the working-class districts of Paris—was a huge commercial success and established Zola’s fame and reputation throughout France and the world.

Stream audiobook and download chapters

eBook Downloads
ePUB eBook
• iBooks for iPhone and iPad
• Nook
• Sony Reader
Kindle eBook
• Mobi file format for Kindle
Read eBook
• Load eBook in browser
Text File eBook
• Computers
• Windows
• Mac

Review this book

Popular Genres
More Genres
Paid Books