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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User Review  - Poquette - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review

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User Review  - JVioland - LibraryThing

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. 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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