COMPLETE [FICTION] L'Assommoir by Emile Zola - mla

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Post by Illiterati » January 21st, 2009, 7:51 am

L'Assommoir by Émile Zola (1840-1902). [Translated by Ernest A. Vizetelly (1853-1922)].

This project is now complete! All audio files can be found on our catalog page: http://librivox.org/lassommoir-by-emile-zola/
Émile François Zola (French pronunciation: [emil zɔˈla]) (2 April 1840 – 29 September 1902) was an influential French writer, the most important exemplar of the literary school of naturalism.

More than half of Zola's novels were part of a set of twenty novels about a family under the Second Empire collectively known as Les Rougon-Macquart.

L'Assommoir (1877) is the seventh novel in the series. Usually considered one of Zola's masterpieces, the novel—a harsh and uncompromising study of alcoholism and poverty in the working-class districts of Paris—was a huge commercial success and established Zola's fame and reputation throughout France and the world. (Summary edited from Wikipedia.)

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    BC - please provide *all of* the following:
    • Number of sections (files) this project will have: 60
    • Does the project have an introduction or preface: y
    • Link to author on Wikipedia (if available): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emile_Zola
    • Link to title on Wikipedia (if available): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%27Assommoir
    • Short description:
      Émile François Zola (French pronunciation: [emil zɔˈla]) (2 April 1840 – 29 September 1902) was an influential French writer, the most important exemplar of the literary school of naturalism.

      More than half of Zola's novels were part of a set of twenty novels about a family under the Second Empire collectively known as Les Rougon-Macquart.

      L'Assommoir (1877) is the seventh novel in the series. Usually considered one of Zola's masterpieces, the novel—a harsh and uncompromising study of alcoholism and poverty in the working-class districts of Paris—was a huge commercial success and established Zola's fame and reputation throughout France and the world. (Summary edited from Wikipedia.)
    • Date of first publication: 1877, translation 1885
    • Year of author's death: 1902, translator Ernest A. Vizetelly 1922, Edmondo De Amicis (writer of the introduction) 1908
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    lassommoir_##_zola.mp3 (all lower-case) where ## is your section number. (e.g. lassommoir_01_zola.mp3). You can find the exact name of your file from the end of the document you are reading from.

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Advice on pronunciations:
ChipDoc wrote:
Here's a trick I've used to deal with unfamiliar pronounciations: Say it in whatever way seems best to you, but say it WITH AUTHORITY. If you sound like you know what you're talking about, most folks will believe you. Even if you're dead wrong, most folks who know "the right way" to pronounce a word will pause and consider if possibly YOU are right if you speak the word with easy conviction.
Nevertheless, if you want advice, please feel free to ask. There are always people here in Librivox who are willing to give a helping hand for those in need!

Below is a pronunciation guide on the most frequently used names provided by the wonderful ezwa. Thank you!

The 26 names:
http://upload.librivox.org/share/uploads/mla/lassommoir_frenchnames-26.mp3

Emile Zola :
http://upload.librivox.org/share/uploads/mla/lassommoir_emilezola.mp3
L'ASSOMMOIR :
http://upload.librivox.org/share/uploads/mla/lassommoir_lassommoir.mp3

* Characters:
Gervaise Macquart : http://upload.librivox.org/share/uploads/mla/lassommoir_gervaisemacquart.mp3
Auguste Lantier : http://upload.librivox.org/share/uploads/mla/lassommoir_augustelantier.mp3
Monsieur Coupeau "Cassis" : http://upload.librivox.org/share/uploads/mla/lassommoir_mrcoupeaucassis.mp3
Claude : http://upload.librivox.org/share/uploads/mla/lassommoir_claude.mp3
Etienne : http://upload.librivox.org/share/uploads/mla/lassommoir_etienne.mp3
Nana : http://upload.librivox.org/share/uploads/mla/lassommoir_nana.mp3
Virginie : http://upload.librivox.org/share/uploads/mla/lassommoir_virginie.mp3
Augustine : http://upload.librivox.org/share/uploads/mla/lassommoir_augustine.mp3
Père Colombe : http://upload.librivox.org/share/uploads/mla/lassommoir_perecolombe.mp3
Lorilleux : http://upload.librivox.org/share/uploads/mla/lassommoir_lorilleux.mp3
Madame Boche : http://upload.librivox.org/share/uploads/mla/lassommoir_mmeboche.mp3
Madame Fauconnier : http://upload.librivox.org/share/uploads/mla/lassommoir_mmefauconnier.mp3
Mademoiselle Remanjou : http://upload.librivox.org/share/uploads/mla/lassommoir_mlleremanjou.mp3
Mademoiselle Clémence : http://upload.librivox.org/share/uploads/mla/lassommoir_mlleclemence.mp3
Madame Gaudron : http://upload.librivox.org/share/uploads/mla/lassommoir_mmegaudron.mp3
Madame Lerat : http://upload.librivox.org/share/uploads/mla/lassommoir_mmelerat.mp3
Monsieur Madinier : http://upload.librivox.org/share/uploads/mla/lassommoir_mrrmadinier.mp3
Madame Goujet : http://upload.librivox.org/share/uploads/mla/lassommoir_mmegoujet.mp3
Madame Bijard : http://upload.librivox.org/share/uploads/mla/lassommoir_mmebijard.mp3
Madame Putois : http://upload.librivox.org/share/uploads/mla/lassommoir_mmeputois.mp3
old Bazouge : http://upload.librivox.org/share/uploads/mla/lassommoir_oldbazouge.mp3

places
* Rue des Poissonniers : http://upload.librivox.org/share/uploads/mla/lassommoir_ruedespoissoniers.mp3
* Rue de la Goutte-d'Or : http://upload.librivox.org/share/uploads/mla/lassommoir_ruedelagouttedor.mp3
* Hôtel Boncoeur : http://upload.librivox.org/share/uploads/mla/lassommoir_hotelboncoeur.mp3
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Post by Illiterati » January 21st, 2009, 7:56 am

Hello world!

Provided there will be interest in reading this work, I will probably start other works in this Les Rougon-Macquart-series as well over time. All the twenty novels are individual works of art, so there is no point in trying to do them in succession or even try to do all of them.

Next on my personal list would be Germinal , of which the translation by Havelock Ellis (d.1939) will be available for everyone in 2010 and La Bete Humaine (haven't found an online translation yet - the two PD ones are the Human Brute tr Edgar de V. Vermont, Chicago 1890 and The Monomaniac, tr. Edward Vizetelly, Hutchinson 1901) - just in case anyone happens to have one of those in her/his book shelf at home. :D

If there are people interested in reading this series, I would love to hear their preferences on future choices as well. For more information, check the wikipedia page for the series.
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Post by AmethystA » January 22nd, 2009, 12:14 pm

Hi Illiterati,

I can MC this for you. Let me get you set up....
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Post by AmethystA » January 22nd, 2009, 12:26 pm

Hi,

Your Magic Window is set up. I wasn't totally sure, and went ahead and put 00 as the first file. If this is incorrect, please let me know and I can change it. Also, I put in 1-12-2010 as the target date, as the 2009 date in your first post is already past, and 2010 made more sense. :D

We can go ahead and move over to Readers Wanted since we have a proof listener.....Thanks so much for adding the authors birth and death dates as well as the translators. That saves me some time come catalog time. I appreciate it! 8-)

Please let me know if I missed anything else or you need anything.

Thanks!

Mary
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Post by Illiterati » January 22nd, 2009, 12:33 pm

Thank you, Mary!
Your Magic Window is set up. I wasn't totally sure, and went ahead and put 00 as the first file. If this is incorrect, please let me know and I can change it. Also, I put in 1-12-2010 as the target date, as the 2009 date in your first post is already past, and 2010 made more sense. :D
Yes, I do need the 00 + 60 lines for sections, so 61 altogether. As for the date that's the way we say December 1st in this part of the world, but I am really happy with 12th Jan 2010 as well. :D

Thanks again,

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Post by AmethystA » January 22nd, 2009, 12:45 pm

Oh, sorry I read it as January 12, 2009. :oops: I can change it to December if you prefer. I'm used to the writing the day then month. Ooops. I added the extra line to the Magic Window for you. :D
Last edited by AmethystA on January 22nd, 2009, 3:06 pm, edited 2 times in total.
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Post by Illiterati » January 22nd, 2009, 12:48 pm

AmethystA wrote:Oh, sorry I read it as January 12, 2009. :oops: I can change it to December if you prefer. I'm used to the writing the day then month. Ooops. I added the extra line to the Magic Window for you. :D
I think this date thing is a fairly common cultural difference and cannot really be counted as any sort of mistake. I'm happy with the date you suggested. Thanks for the extra section! :D

All set.

Happy reading!
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Post by AmethystA » January 22nd, 2009, 3:07 pm

One other thing...how do you want this tagged for the catalog? Right now I have it under Fiction and then tragedy. Or would Adventure be better? I'm not familiar with this book, so wasn't sure. I put tragedy because of what is written in the summary, but it can be changed.
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Post by Illiterati » January 22nd, 2009, 3:44 pm

Definitely a tragedy. Let's make additions later.

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Post by AmethystA » January 27th, 2009, 5:11 pm

Okay, glad I got that correct. :D No problem on adding additions to it later, closer to catalog time.
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Post by Illiterati » January 29th, 2009, 1:18 pm

I have added a pronunciation guide on the most common French names in the novel to the first post. Thank you ezwa - that was great! :D
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Post by Illiterati » February 2nd, 2009, 9:40 am

This series seems to be relatively unknown. More about it here:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/feb/02/emile-zola-fiction

Glad to see Mark Ravenhill agree on the series opener.

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Post by lezer » February 2nd, 2009, 11:17 am

Hi Illiterati,
The pronunciation files are great!
Could I record chapter II for you, so sections 5-8?
Thanks,
Anna

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Post by Illiterati » February 2nd, 2009, 11:46 am

Welcome Anna and thank you! I have signed you up for chapter II (5-8). :D

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Post by lezer » February 2nd, 2009, 2:41 pm

hi Illiterati,
Here's section 5: http://upload.librivox.org/share/uploads/mla/lassommoir_05_zola.mp3
15:19

The others won't come so quickly, but I always love trying out a new text.
Anna

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