A retired English doctor, in solitary widowhood, makes a pilgrimage through the life and art of Gustave Flaubert, whose work he has always venerated. As he meditates on his passion, he reveals as much about himself as he uncovers about Flaubert.A retired English doctor, in solitary widowhood, makes a pilgrimage through the life and art of Gustave Flaubert, whose work he has always venerated. As he meditates on his passion, he reveals as much about himself as he uncovers about Flaubert.Read Less
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TOTALLY A MUST READ!!!! Best book I've read in months, maybe years
May 16, 2007
Clever and Fun
I picked up this slim volume after being extremely impressed by Barnes' "Arthur & George." "Flaubert's Parrot" is one of those books that always seems to come up in conversation, but for one reason or another I never got around to reading. Well, now I'm glad that I did. In a lesser author's hands, this meditation of Flaubert, art, life and literature could have ended up reading like unbearably pretentious drivel, but Barnes is a true master. The book left me hungry for more Barnes and I think I might even go back and re-read Madame Bovary.
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