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L'Assommoir [The Drinking Den]

Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
Length: 15 hrs and 45 mins
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Summary

Brutal, gripping, and heart-wrenching, L'Assommoir (also known as The Drinking Den) chronicles the tragic downward spiral of Gervaise Macquart, a good-natured and hardworking laundress who slides into alcoholism and despair. 

After her lover abandons her and their two children, Gervaise marries a tin worker, Coupeau, who helps her rebuild her life. She starts her own business, and the two have a daughter, Anna (the protagonist of Zola's later novel Nana). But their happiness is short-lived as a freak accident leaves Coupeau seriously injured, beginning the family's fall into alcohol, desperation, and violence. 

Disturbingly realistic, L'Assommoir is a vivid portrayal of life in late 19th-century Paris. 

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Public Domain (P)2019 Naxos AudioBooks

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