Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Teaser Tuesdays: The Ladies' Paradise

"At this time of night, the Ladies' Paradise, with its furnace-like glare, seduced her completely. In the great metropolis, dark and silent under the rain, in this Paris of which she knew nothing, it was burning like a beacon, it alone seemed to be the light and life of the city. She dreamed of her future there, working hard to bring up the children, and of other things too, she knew not what, far-off things which made her tremble with desire and fear." (page 28)

by Emile Zola

The Ladies' Paradise chronicles the development of the modern department store in late 19th century Paris. If the first chapters are any indication, I'm going to love this! Emile Zola will be touring with The Classics Circuit next month.

Teaser Tuesday is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.


  1. Who can argue with that plot? A department store? I'm there!

  2. I really need to read more classics!

    My teaser is here

  3. I love that! I've never read anything by Emile Zola but I feel like I should at some point. I look forward to seeing what you think of this one!

  4. Wow! I haven't read this Zola, but now I want to. I'll be following (not participating in) the Classic Circuit.

  5. Wow, you can see grass by the lake now. I bet you don't miss all that snow.
    While not a Zola, fan this one does sound interesting. Have a great week and happy reading! Here's my teaser

  6. That sounds like an interesting book. Lovely teaser.

    My teaser

  7. This sounds like a book I would love!

    Here's mine:


  8. Looks good - I've been meaning to read one of Zola's books for a while now. Is this a good one to start off with?

  9. What a teaser! This sounds fascinating especially as it has a Paris angle...

    thanks for sharing JoAnn


  10. That sounds so interesting. I wonder if anyone else has written about this - other than Steve Martin's Shopgirl (which I didn't care for).

  11. What a neat teaser. Sounds like it may be a fascinating book. I'll be interested in your final thoughts.

  12. That book is new to me. My husband keeps trying to get me to read The Sin of Father Mouret by Zola. It's on my list. I'll get there someday . . .

  13. Great teaser. This sounds like it could be an interesting story.

  14. Very interesting teaser!! Hope it continues to be a good read for you!

  15. I like that a lot! I bet that the Classics Circuit is going to make me want to read Zola.

  16. Sandy - What's not to love? Department store, shopping in Paris...

    Marg - I love classics and really need to fit more into my reading, too.

    Dana - I 'discovered' Zola last year. The review for this one is scheduled for April 17.

    Beth F - I loved Therese Raquin when I read it last year and am sure the Classics Circuit posts will help me choose my next Zola.

    Kaye - Yes, finally some grass. Who care that it's still brown, lol! The ice is breaking up now, too, and should be gone within the week.

    Gautami - Thanks!

    Andrea - So far I really like it.

    Laurel-Rain Snow - I really like this, and I think the translation is excellent!

  17. BooksPlease - I started with Therese Raquin and loved it. It was an amazing psychological study of guilt! It's one I can heartily recommend, and much shorter than this one.

    Hannah Stoneham - It seems my reading is taking a Parisian turn with My Life in France, this one, and A Moveable Feast coming up.

    Nan - I've only read 85 pages so far, but really like it! Haven't seen anything else like it.

    Carolsnotebook - This looks at the rise of the department store and how it pushes out the smaller merchants... putting faces on all sides of the issue.

    Everybookandcranny - I'm a new Zola fan and am not familiar with the book your husband suggested, but I will look it up.

    Darlene - So far it's very good, but I've only read 85 pages.

    Staci - I like Zola and have read some favorable reviews of this one. We'll see how it goes!

    Nymeth - I'm guessing Zola will get a few more readers by the time the Classics Circuit is finished. Theresa Raquin was one of my favorites last year!

    Lori - I'm really enjoying it so far!

  18. Wonderful teaser, JoAnn! I've never read Zola; in fact, I'm completely lame about French literature in general. Someday...

  19. This book sounds fascinating! GREAT teaser! I totally have this one on my radar now.

  20. DS - This is only the second book I've read that qualifies as "French Literature'. The other was also by Zola. Maybe someday I'll broaden my French horizons.

    E.L. Faye - Only read one more chapter, but I'm really enjoying this! My review is scheduled for April 17. Zola's Theresa Raquin was one of my favorites last year and I'm hoping to learn about his other novels during the Classics Circuit tour.

  21. I've never read any of her works so I'm looking forward to your review.

  22. Jenny Girl - This is the second Zola novel I've read, and it looks like I'm going to officially become a fan. The review (for the Classics Circuit tour) is scheduled for April 17.


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