The Ladies' Paradise.

Zola, Emile.

Picture of The Ladies' Paradise.
First published in 1883 it vividly depicts the workings of a new commercial entity, the department store. Denise is a young shopgirl from the provinces who gains employment there, and her life, and that of others employed there, become fascinating to us. Recently made into a popular TV series, now you can read the original 'sex and shopping' novel.


SKU: 9780199675968


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 for BBC Television and given a British setting in The Paradise, Zola's novel is a masterly portrayal of life in the bustling, gossipy world of the best department store in town. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Book Details

Author Zola, Emile.
Format PB
Publisher Alma Books Ltd
Imprint Alma Classics
Number of Pages 453
Publish Date 21/10/2013
Catalogue Dec17
Catalogue book number 185