Sentimental Education

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Penguin, Jan 1, 1964 - France - 429 pages
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Set in Paris in the 1840s, Flaubert's classic novel follows the fortunes of Frederic Moreau - his love for an older woman, and his gradual disillusionment.

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The work is masterful writing. - Goodreads
But overall it is a comedy in a tragedy ending. - Goodreads
I loved the premise of this book. - Goodreads
The ending is both justly celebrated and devastating. - Goodreads
However, I think the plot is pretty dry. - Goodreads
The quality of the writing, however, is always supreme. - Goodreads

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I found Flaubert's writing to be beautiful, but the characters were disgusting (though I liked Lady Arnoux most of the time). I would not have liked being a part of Flaubert's social circle ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mehdi - Goodreads

Didn't like it. There is no doubt it is a great book and Flaubert depiction is artistic, economical and pure. But didn't like it a bit. But I didn't read it to enjoy it. Read full review



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Born in the town of Rouen, in northern France, in 1821, Gustave Flaubert was sent to study law in Paris at the age of 18. After only three years, his career was interrupted and he retired to live with his widowed mother in their family home at Croisset, on the banks of the Seine River. Supported by a private income, he devoted himself to his writing. Flaubert traveled with writer Maxime du Camp from November 1849 to April 1851 to North Africa, Syria, Turkey, Greece, and Italy. When he returned he began Madame Bovary, which appeared first in the Revue in 1856 and in book form the next year. The realistic depiction of adultery was condemned as immoral and Flaubert was prosecuted, but escaped conviction. Other major works include Salammbo (1862), Sentimental Education (1869), and The Temptation of Saint Antony (1874). His long novel Bouvard et Pecuchet was unfinished at his death in 1880. After his death, Flaubert's fame and reputation grew steadily, strengthened by the publication of his unfinished novel in 1881 and the many volumes of his correspondence.

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