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Educazione sentimentale (original 1869; edition 2006)

by Gustave Flaubert, P (P), P (P)

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Title:Educazione sentimentale
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Sentimental Education by Gustave Flaubert (1869)

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Frankly I was a bit disappointed; it's the story of a provincial lad who moves to Paris and becomes fascinated with an older woman, but ends up in relationships with several other lovers, often overlapping, until it all disintegrates with more of a whimper than a bang. There are lots of references to contemporary politics, which was pretty exciting in France of the 1840s, and yet it seems little more than wall-paper. I feel that Jane Austen did the emotional dynamics between the sexes better, Proust did the agonised young man better, and Hugo did the politics better. Frédéric really has little to recommend him; fortunately it doesn't go on too long. ( )
  nwhyte | Sep 6, 2014 |
Paris in 1840 had a population of just under a million. Just think of all the horses and carriages and people bustling around, and this was about a decade before the great transformations the city underwent during the regime of Napoleon III and his civic planner Haussmann when the great wide boulevards were established.

In 1840 Frédéric Moreau, the protagonist of Sentimental Education, was eighteen years old. The novel opens as a paddlewheel steamboat is about to depart from Paris, continuing its voyage up the Seine from Le Havre where Frédéric had gone to visit his uncle. Frédéric 's family home is in Nogent-sur-Seine, where he is now headed. As fate would have it, he encounters on board a married couple, Monsieur and Madame Arnaux, who will play a significant role in his eventual Parisian sojourn — and not for the better as it turns out.

Well born and with bright prospects ahead of him, he is sent off to Paris to attend law school. He has become obsessed with Madame Arnaux while at the same time cultivating a friendship with the husband. Frédéric 's obsession eventually interferes with his ability to concentrate on his studies, and it soon becomes apparent that his ambitions exceed his abilities. Adultery was something that men seemed to take for granted and married women in general had as ever a very dim view of it. Frédéric 's assumption that it was okay for him to be an interloper into another man's marriage was a commonplace.

The entire novel concerns itself with Frédéric 's mediocre self, his mediocre friends, and his intrigues with various women over a ten-year period and on whom he squanders three-quarters of his fortune. When he is presented with a real opportunity to advance himself, he passes up an appointment with an influential aristocrat because he finds it more important to follow Madame Arnaux into the countryside.

All of Frédéric 's various intrigues take place against a backdrop of the political, social and cultural realities of the time. We see the Revolution of 1848 from the point of view of young men who actually participated.

Flaubert's descriptions — whether they concern street fights or dinner parties, masked balls or political harangues — are vivid and quite compelling, and it is the background that actually drives the novel. Frédéric is hopeless, and one wishes that he will stop sleepwalking through his own life and make some sort of breakthrough, but it never happens. Many of his friends who also showed some promise as young men, suffer a similar lack of success, but for different reasons. As one of his friends said to him when looking back on their lives in retrospect, "I had too much logic, and you too much sentiment." This pretty much sums it up.

Sentimental Education is a fascinating artifact of its time, and an excellent example of Flaubert's Realism and his deeply ironic view of society, but in some ways it represents no advancement at all beyond Madame Bovary. It is merely another chronicle of an adulterous life, but with less drastic consequences. ( )
4 vote Poquette | Jul 25, 2014 |
What is it about Flaubert? He writes novels drawing on his amoral life. This appeals to some who call this a great, influential novel - among the "some" were contemporary French authors of similar lifestyles. I found this book tedious. ( )
  JVioland | Jul 14, 2014 |
Gustave Flaubertin kirjoittama kirja tunnustetaan yleisesti klassikoksi, mutta omasta mielestäni se oli vain tylsä. Kirjan päähenkilö Frédéric Moreau on nuori mies, joka lähtee opiskelemaan Pariisiin lakia ja samalla solmimaan suhteita ylhäisiin henkilöihin ja seurapiireihin. Hän rakastuu saavuttamattomaan rouva Arnouxiin, ei saa mitään aikaiseksi ja ei päädy lopulta minnekään paitsi elämään perintörahojensa varassa ja miettimään mennyttä elämäänsä. Ihmissuhteet tulevat ja menevät, mutta niistä ei jää Moreaulle mitään käteen. 1850-luvun aatteet, ranskalaisten kiihkoilu ja Pariisin mellakat jotka saivat aikaiseksi Ranskan toisen keisarikunnan ovat myös kirjassa kuvattuina, mutta itseäni ne eivät kauheasti kiinnostaneet. Luin kirjan koska se kuuluu realismin ja naturalismin kirjatenttiin Turun yliopistossa. ( )
  Sanna-Kaisa | Jan 31, 2014 |
This novel takes place amid the political upheaval of the late 1840's in France. The novel begins with Frederic as he meets and falls in love with an older married woman. She becomes the unobtainable ideal to whom he devotes his life, to detriment of his youthful optimism and dreams. Considered one of the greatest novels written, I would argue it's possible for a novel to be too perfect. Sentimental Education is so well written -- the world is robustly depicted and the characters are never out of character -- that it left me cold. The prose was so smooth and left nothing to hold onto. The slow decline of Frederic's idealism so perfectly orchestrated that I hadn't realized it had happened. ( )
  ELiz_M | Oct 21, 2013 |
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Gustave Flaubertprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bogan, LouiseIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Burlingame, PerditaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Gimferrer, PereTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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On the morning of 15 September 1840 the Ville de Montereau was lying alongside the quai Saint-Bernard belching clouds of smoke, all ready to sail.
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Frederic Moreau is a law student returning home to Normandy from Paris when he first notices Mme Arnoux, a slender, dark woman several years older than himself. It is the beginning of an infatuation that will last a lifetime. He befriends her husband, an influential businessman, and their paths cross and re-cross over the years. Through financial upheaval, political turmoil and countless affairs, Mme Arnoux remains the constant, unattainable love of Moreau's life. Flaubert described his sweeping story of a young man's passions, ambitions and amours as 'the moral history of the men of my generation'. Based on his own youthful passion for an older woman, Sentimental Education blends love story, historical authenticity and satire to create one of the greatest French novels of the nineteenth century.
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Based on Flaubert?s own youthful passion for an older woman, Sentimental Education was described by its author as ?the moral history of the men of my generation.? It follows the amorous adventures of Frederic Moreau, a law student who, returning home to Normandy from Paris, notices Mme Arnoux, a slender, dark woman several years older than himself. It is the beginning of an infatuation that will last a lifetime. He befriends her husband, an influential businessman, and as their paths cross and re-cross over the years, Mme Arnoux remains the constant, unattainable love of Moreau?s life. Blending love story, historical authenticity, and satire, Sentimental Education is one of the great French novels of the nineteenth century.

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"Frederic Moreau is a law student returning home to Normandy from Paris when he first notices Mme Arnoux, a slender, dark woman several years older than himself. It is the beginning of an infatuation that will last a lifetime. He befriends her husband, an influential businessman, and their paths cross and re-cross over the years. Through financial upheaval, political turmoil and countless affairs, Mme Arnoux remains the constant, unattainable love of Moreau's life. Flaubert described his sweeping story of a young man's passions, ambitions and amours as 'the moral history of the men of my generation'. Based on his own youthful passion for an older woman, Sentimental Education blends love story, historical authenticity and satire to create one of the greatest French novels of the nineteenth century." "Geoffrey Wall's fresh revision of Robert Baldick's original translation is accompanied by a new introduction discussing the personal and historical influences on Flaubert's writing. This edition also contains a new chronology, further reading and explanatory notes."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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