The Ladies’ Paradise by Émile Zola, Read by Leighton Pugh
A Cautionary Tale
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Leighton Pugh offers an engrossing narration of Émile Zola’s The Ladies’ Paradise, a cautionary tale of capitalism and consumerism. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile contributor Sandi Henschel discuss how Pugh immerses listeners into the drama surrounding the “Ladies’ Paradise” department store in Paris. Pugh’s Parisian French is faultless as are his voices for the many characters. A fascinating look at nineteenth-century capitalism and changes in culture, class relations, and sexual attitudes.
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