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Sandraseahorse



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2012 5:10 pm    Post subject: Zola transferred to the North of England  Reply with quote

I see that an adaptation of Zola's "The Ladies Paradise" has been commissioned by BBC North drama section and it will be set in the north of England.

It seems to be  a big budget production - eight episdoes in all.  It is not a Zola novel I have read and I gather it is regarded by many as one of the weakest.  Anyone who has read it got any thoughts?


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2012 9:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I found this novel slightly disappointing- but only slightly,and only by Zola's own standards. I felt that Zola was more interested in the background rather than the foreground, and that,as a consequence, it is the social context that beco es the most important feature rather than the characters; the characters are, indeed, somewhat overwhelmed.

The novel is set around a department store: while Zola clearly admires the sheer dynamism of capitalism, and the unprecedented plenitude that is a consequence of mass production, he is concerned also by the implications of it all: people are changing from being citizens to mere consumers. Whatever one may say about Zola, he always ad his finger on the pulse.



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I haven't read it, but have been meaning to - ever since I read The Kill, and a friend (Professor of French literature, albeit not a 19th century specialist) said he would be interested to know what I thought of this one.  I wonder why they have moved it to England...and how well it will work...but I will certainly be watching.  Perhaps I will push the novel up my TBR list.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Every time I spot this thread its title strikes me as my nightmare headline from the late '90s. But happily it's about literature and not football.

I've got so many books to read, but I really must make room for Germinal. Perhaps one to take on holiday to France next month.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 1:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've read it, and I think transferring the book to the North of England will completely destroy the point! It's very much a novel about Paris, and Paris being at the forefront of commercial enterprise/the fashion industry, with the rise of the department store in the capital contrasting with  provincial expectations---mammon, certainly, but a reality at that time. Nowhere in the North of England could possibly have competed with Paris in those terms, although no doubt there were big department stores, but so much will be lost if the heroine doesn't travel to a big, metropolitan capital city.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 4:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It strikes me how long it has been since there has been an adaptation of Zola on British TV.  I remember a dramatisation of "Nana" in the late 60s which was considered pretty raunchy for its time; I seem to recall Morecombe and Wise mentioning it in a routine.  There was an adaptation of "Germinal" in the early 70s but I can't remember anything since.  

Looking at Zola film adaptations on IMDB I see that "The Kill" was filmed by Roger Vadim, starring Jane Fonda, as "The Game is Over."  Unfortunately the DVD is only available in Region 1 format.  Has anyone seen it?


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chibiabos83 wrote:
Every time I spot this thread its title strikes me as my nightmare headline from the late '90s. But happily it's about literature and not football.


Love that Gareth. This ladies paradise would be the football rather than the department store!


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2012 11:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really must read this before the adaption is screened; I bought a copy in St Malo about 3 years ago and it's still in the TBR pile.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 21, 2012 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Re television adaptations - I remember a version of Therese Raquin in the early 1980s, I think, with Kate Nelligan.  But no, nothing since.

There is a new film (feature not TV) of Therese, I read somewhere, starring Draco Malfoy from the Harry Potter films.

Re Klara's point - even without having read the novel, I think you are right, Klara, that Paris is surely part of the point!  Presumably it will be a fairly loose adaptation...


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 21, 2012 8:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Evie wrote:
Re television adaptations - I remember a version of Therese Raquin in the early 1980s, I think, with Kate Nelligan.  But no, nothing since.
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Yes, I remember that. Mona Wahbourne was the mother.




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