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Sentimental Education by Gustave Flaubert (1869)

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Sentimental Education by Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), gets its place in 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die because it is

… surely one of the greatest novels yet written, possibly even the greatest triumph in literary realism ever accomplished. It is a novelist’s novel. (p.167)

1001 Books tells us that Flaubert was obsessed with the accuracy of every detail of social observation … the mythical master novelist devoted beyond comprehension. The detail of the novel is also mentioned in the ‘Historical Sketches’ that follow the novel in the new Oxford World’s Classics edition, where Patrick Coleman reminds us that Flaubert’s contemporary readers were enjoying the novel only twenty years after the events he describes. Flaubert could expect his readers to make sense of the novels historical context and to recognise the huge cast of historical figures but it’s harder for the modern reader. I suspect that most of us will be consulting the notes at the back of this edition more than is usual, and may sometimes have need of more of them…

First published in 1869, Sentimental Education is the story of a narcissistic young man called Frédéric Moreau and his journey towards maturity. He comes of age in yet another French Revolutionary period, the novel spanning the years 1840-1851, and beginning as the July Monarchy of Louis Philippe began to crumble under the weight of discontent from both the left and the right. So turbulent events form the background even though Frédéric is much more interested in himself and his messy love life. Like Zola’s novels which document the state of the nation, Sentimental Education is also a very good exploration of the human heart.

To read the rest of my review please visit https://anzlitlovers.com/2016/07/15/sentimental-education-by-gustave-flaubert-translated-by-helen-considine/ ( )
  anzlitlovers | Jul 14, 2016 |
Only got about 75 pages into Gustave Fluabert's Sentimental Education. Found myself wondering whether Marx read French--well, the dates are wrong anyhow, but if there is a more convincing exposition of the uselessness and arrogance of the bourgeoisie I have yet to encounter it. A useless young man lounging around in love with a married women, fantasizing about the arts, neglecting his law studies, lying to his provincial mother--oh the pain, oh the sorrow, oh the need to be kicked in the backside and forced into a factory or a coal mine for a living.
  ritaer | Nov 22, 2015 |
Oh how I loved this book. I also love how the reviews here show that people just don't get it. ( )
1 vote tungsten_peerts | Sep 16, 2015 |
Telling a moving story, or giving an extensive account of politics of the time doesn't appear to be Flaubert's motive in Sentimental Education. In my view, it is simply giving an account of the experiences of the 'social' of his time. Flaubert tells the story without passing judgements. He is not interested in telling or implying what is right or wrong. He records. And he tells. Yet he has made himself disappear in the text. He is not an author, he is a cameraman, recording images and sentiments and translating them in words.

As Flaubert himself has said, in somewhat different words, ''don't read Sentimental Education in order to learn something. Read, for the sake of the reading experience.'' Free from emotional attachment and moralistic dictations, Flaubert's Sentimental Education is an experience everyone should get a taste of.
1 vote unlooped | Nov 4, 2014 |
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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 |
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Flaubert, Gustaveprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bogan, LouiseIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Burlingame, PerditaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dupee, F. W.Afterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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