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Number of Pages: 380
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Classics
Series Title: Mint Editions
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Mint Editions
Age Range: Adult
Author: Émile Zola
Language: English



Book Synopsis



The Ladies' Delight (1883) is a novel by French author Émile Zola. The eleventh of twenty volumes of Zola's monumental Les Rougon-Macquart series is an epic story of family, politics, class, and history that traces the disparate paths of several French citizens raised by the same mother. Spanning the entirety of the French Second Empire, Zola provides a sweeping portrait of change that refuses to shy away from controversy and truth as it gets to the heart of heredity and human nature. At the age of twenty, Denise Baudu moves to Paris with her brothers and finds work at "Au Bonheur des Dames," a new department store owned by eccentric entrepreneur Octave Mouret. There, she grows accustomed to 13-hour days, inferior food and housing, and the constant grind of thankless labor. Despite her circumstances, she soon finds herself attracted to Mouret, a notorious womanizer whose exploitative business practices have alienated him from employees and local businesspeople. Mouret's ambition and innovation have led him to corner the market on textiles, womenswear, furniture, and household goods, infuriating his competitors and driving smaller shops into bankruptcy. Until Denise, he has avoided tying himself down to another, intent on building a fortune for himself without the interference of family. Innocent at first, she soon learns how to manipulate Octave to do her bidding. The Ladies' Delight is a story of family and fate, a thrilling and detailed novel that continues a series rich enough for its author to explore in twenty total volumes. With a beautifully designed cover and professionally typeset manuscript, this edition of Émile Zola's The Ladies' Delight is a classic work of French literature reimagined for modern readers.



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Denise Baudu is only twenty years old when she moves to Paris from Valognes. She soon finds work in the city as a saleswoman at "Au Bonheur des Dames," a highly innovative department store owned by Octave Mouret. Known as a womanizer, Mouret soon falls for the young Denise. The Ladies' Delight is a novel by Émile Zola.