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Sentimental Education by Gustave Flaubert
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Sentimental Education (1869)

by Gustave Flaubert

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De 1840 à 1867, la vie fait L'Éducation sentimentale de Frédéric Moreau et de toute une jeunesse idéaliste qui a préparé dans la fièvre la révolution de 1848. Le roman s'ouvre sur des rêves exaltés et s'achève sur la médiocrité des uns et des autres. Entre temps, la vie s'est écoulée autour de Frédéric, qui semble n'avoir pas plus participé aux mutations de son temps qu'à l'édifice de sa propre destinée potentielle. Au cours de cette existence, Madame Arnoux, dont les apparitions sont autant de surgissements mystiques, tient lieu au jeune homme d'absolu insaisissable. Lui qui rêvait de terres lointaines et d'ouvrages romantiques déchirants dont il se voyait l'auteur génial, se retrouve, en guise de destination exotique, à Nogent, la ville de son enfance. Au terme de son parcours, que peut-il faire d'autre que ponctuer sa conversation avec Deslauriers, le pragmatique non moins malheureux, de « te souviens-tu » ? Flaubert éclaire ses personnages d'une lumière tantôt ironique, tantôt sympathique, et s'il adopte parfois une vision panoramique des choses, c'est semble-t-il pour mieux se couler dans l'esprit de son héros afin de faire vivre au lecteur les velléités de son caractère. - Sana Tang-Léopold Wauters
  Haijavivi | Jun 10, 2019 |
I found only ok.
  JoshSapan | May 29, 2019 |
Say what you will about Woody Allen, he was right to recommend 'Sentimental Education' as one of the greatest pieces of literature the world has ever produced. In this masterpiece Flaubert has managed to assemble all of the great tropes of French literature - the naivete of youth, passion, mistresses, financial despair, death and disease, and, of course, revolution. ( )
  soylentgreen23 | Jul 11, 2018 |
Esse Flaubert não me instigou como o fizera o Bovary, é um grande libelo da educação sentimental de um rapaz na Paris do século XIX, certamente com vernizes autobiográficos de Flaubert, não sei se me tornei demasiado cínica, mas essa história de amor platônico para toda a vida caiu-me como um balde de água fria... Devo sentir-me mal a julgar que minhas paixões não duram mais que um ano? Rá! Corta essa Flaubert! ( )
  Adriana_Scarpin | Jun 12, 2018 |
Well, I like this book better than Madame Bovary. I still had a hard time finishing. I would have enjoyed Flaubert writing more if some of his chapters were shorter. I like his style of writing; he just seems to go overboard.
I don’t know why that I didn’t like Madame Bovary less than this one. The two main characters in this story are basically the same. You have Madame Bovary who has affairs, and thinks that life would turn out like the stories she read. Racks up debt, is miserable and commit suicide. Then you have Frederic, he has affairs, loses a big portion of his inheritance and come out smelling like rose sand can be sentimental about his youth.
Flaurbert said that he wanted to write a story of sentimental of men of his generation, about love, and about passion, but inactive passion. (From induction from the book). I think he achieve one aspect, but not the other. There is love in this story, several types. A untouched love between Frederic and Madame Arnoux. All the flirting and no sex. I would say it was a love that was incased in a glass ball and to go take any further would shatter it. There was Marshal, where it was passion of sex, but a shallow love between them. I think Marshal did dream a bit of the what if they were married, but knew at the end this wasn’t going to happen. Frederic was not going to stick around from the consequence of their passion. Madame Danbreuse it was the love of money. He didn’t like her and didn’t enjoy the sex, but she was rich. At last there was poor Madam Roque, her love was unrequited. Maybe it is the Sentimental has change. I always thought when you were sentimental about something, it comes with a bit of sadness and maybe a regret at how thing turn out. I really don’t see Frederic having that sadness or regret.
I will admit that Frederic love interest gave me whiplash with all the back a forth. It made me want to put the book down several times. It funny that all the affairs that Frederic has would be something to reminisce in his old age, but for Madame Bovary it leads to her death. It is a real testament to how the gender was regard in Flaubert time.
I might re-read Madame Bovary and Sentimental Education again. Something about these two stories is bug me and I don’t know what it is per say. I just need to get up the never to read them both back to back.
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  lemonpop | Nov 22, 2017 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Flaubert, Gustaveprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Baldick, RobertTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bernard, ClaudieIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bogan, LouiseIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Burlingame, PerditaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dupee, F. W.Afterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gimferrer, PereTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hannigan, D. F.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hollo, J. A.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kelk, C.J.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Martí i Pol, MiquelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ranous, Dora KnowlesEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Romano, LallaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rustum, KathleenEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Todó, Lluís MariaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tooke, AdrianneTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tooke, Adrianne J.secondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wall, GeoffreyTranslatorsecondary 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.
First, the title: sentimental in the sense of allowing feeling to predominate over reason or deliberately indulging in emotions is a familiar concept and although Frédéric Moreau's family and school upbringing is very staid, his personal education through his taste for poverty and novels primarily concerned with passionate love must certainly predispose him to lead a life excessively swayed by sentiment rather than reason. (Introduction)
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La maggior parte degli uomini che erano presenti avevano servito almeno quattro governi; e avrebbero venduto la Francia o il genere umano per garantire il loro patrimonio, risparmiarsi un disagio, una difficoltà, o anche semplicemente per bassezza, per adorazione istintiva del potere. Tutti dichiararono ingiustificabili i delitti politici. Bisognava piuttosto perdonare quelli che provenivano dal bisogno. E non mancarono di citare l'eterno esempio del padre di famiglia che ruba l'eterno pezzo di pane all'eterno fornaio.
[dalla Nota del traduttore (Lalla Romano)] L'effetto del linguaggio flaubertiano è quello di una vibrante, cangiante, infinita monotonia. … "L'educazione” non piacque, e Flaubert ne soffrì. … È probabile che questa «storia di un giovane», delle sue perplessità, gaffes, trasporti e delusioni, generosità e vigliaccherie, continui a deludere qualcuno; e analogamente il dover seguire il ritmo incalzante, rapido eppure monotono della narrazione, la casualità e insieme necessità degli intrecci.
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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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