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  1. says:

    This one is often described as “the novel to end all novels” and I understand why – when you are reading it you say to yourself very freuently “if this is what novels are like I am never going to read another one in my entire life” From about page 50 until when I stopped I was having these strong bibliocidal fantasies I thought – maybe I will leave this accidentally on the bus to work But I forgot to forget it like that country song Then I thought – maybe a column of army ants will chomp it up so that not a shred remains But army ants are never seen in Nottingham only the friendly variety who bid you good day as they pass by I tried to donate my copy to Oxfam but the shop assistant having turned very pale when she saw the title summoned up a courage I had not thought her to possess and said they could not accept that particular title When I asked why she referred me to the Oxfam standard operating procedures something about health and safety which includes of course mental health They had accepted copies of Sentimental Education in previous years but there had been some incidents and now all shops had been explicitly warned not to I see that many of my most respected GR friends hand out the big four and five stars to this novel and describe it as brilliantly comic I was trembling in my boots until I found that none other than Henry James was on my side Here is his considered opinion Here the form and method are the same as in Madame Bovary; the studied skill the science the accumulation of material are even striking; but the book is in a single word a dead one Madame Bovary was spontaneous and sincere; but to read its successor is to the finer sense like masticating ashes and sawdust L'Education Sentimentale is elaborately and massively dreary That a novel should have a certain charm seems to us the most rudimentary of principles and there is no charm in this laborious monument to a treacherous ideal than there is interest in a heap of gravelHowever I did notice something what Henry James did not notice and felt uite smug about that It is this – that the main part of the plot of Sentimental Education is almost the same as the plot of Shampoo the Warren Beattie movie from 1975 which I saw only last week so it was fresh in my memory In Shampoo hairdresser George’s former girlfriend Jackie now has a rich sugar daddy boyfriend Lester whose wife Felicia is one of George’s best customers Naturally George is shagging Felicia as it would seem unkind not to and because he keeps bumping into Jackie as they move in the same social circles he realises he never wanted to break up with her so he starts shagging Jackie as well Then comes the really shocking scene – Lester’s daughter who I guess is supposed to be around 16 or so comes on to George when he’s visiting Felicia And she is played by none other than 19 year old Carrie Fisher two years before Princess Leia What a shock that was So in Sentimental Education Frederic the world’s most dreary young bachelor wants to shag the wife of Monsieur Arnoux a publisher And eventually this guy introduces Frederic to his mistress Roseanne who he’s got fed up with the idea being that Frederic will take her over I suppose they used to do this in those days as they did not have Tinder So Frederic is nearly shagging the guy’s wife and nearly shagging the guy’s mistress at the same time Just like in Shampoo except that George the hairdresser was a lot less dreary Also in Shampoo and Sentimental Education there are these long long long boring party scenes where I think the effect is supposed to be scintillatingly socially satirical I did not notice any specific Star Wars connections in Sentimental Education but neither did Henry JamesIf I am ever taken hostage and this is the only reading material available in my rat infested dungeon then I will definitely finish this


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    858 L'Éducation sentimentale Sentimental Education Gustave FlaubertSentimental Education is a novel by Gustave Flaubert Considered one of the most influential novels of the 19th century it was praised by contemporaries such as George Sand and Emile Zola but criticized by Henry James The story focuses on the romantic life of a young man at the time of the French Revolution of 1848تاریخ نخستین خوانش روز پانزدهم ماه آوریل سال 2009 میلادیعنوان تربیت احساسات؛ نویسنده گوستاو فلوبر؛ مترجم مهدی سحابی؛ تهران، نشر مرکز، 1380؛ در 632 ص؛ شابک 9643056465؛ چاپ دوم 1385؛ سوم و چهارم 1388؛ شابک 9789643056469؛ پنجم 1389؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان فرانسوی سده 19 معنوان تربیت احساسات مکتب عشق، یا سرگذشت یک جوان؛ نویسنده گوستاو فلوبر؛ مترجم فروغ شهاب؛ تهران، بنگاه ترجمه ونشر، 1349؛ چاپ دیگر تهران، علمی فرهنگی، 1395، در بیست و 241 ص؛ شابک 9786004360555؛بر خلاف «مادام بوواری» که در زمان انتشار، بسیار محبوب و مشهور بود، بسیاری از هم‌عصران فلوبر، «تربیت احساسات» را، شکستی ادبی تلقی کردند، و اثر را از «منظر اخلاقی»، زننده؛ و از «منظر سیاسی»، منحرف، توصیف کردند این اثر سال‌ها در سایه ی درخشندگی «مادام بوواری» باقی‌ ماند، تا اینکه منتقدان معاصر، ارزش ادبی «تربیت احساسات» را، دوباره کشف کردند اثری عاطفی و شخصی ست، که در آن احساسات با شرح رویدادهای تاریخی، در هم می‌آمیزد، روایت دلسردی‌هایی فردی، و نیز در توضیح یاس، و انحطاط اجتماعی، در پی زوال توهم‌هایی، که انگیزه ی تکان‌های انقلابی بود، درخشان است ا شربیانی


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    As the French President announces major Covid 19 restriction measures today I was reminded of this book from a time when restrictions and curfews were the norm but for very different reasons L'éducation sentimentale is set in the 1840s and the political upheavals of those years are referenced constantly—though they don't impinge as much as they might on the main character Frédéric Moreau Frédéric is a law student who'd like to be a writer but he doesn't find it easy to study or write so he leads the typical student life sleeping eating and drinking—and enjoying the cartoons in the Charivari newspaper Frédéric avala un verre de rhum puis un verre de kirsch puis un verre de curaçao puis différents grogs tant froids ue chauds Il lut tout le journal et le relut; il examina jusue dans les grains du papier la caricature du Charivari; à la fin il savait par coeur les annoncesBut while Frédéric spends time examining every detail of the cartoons and the advertisments in the Charivari his friends are variously involved in preparing the revolt which will eventually depose King Louis Philippe in 1848 Frédéric is not a revolutionary himself in fact he's not sure what he is yet His male friends don't know either and they constantly pull him in different directions in an effort to find out Fréderic has women friends too and one of them sounds a lot like Madame Bovary from the top of her dark tresses which 'lovingly framed her ovale face’ to the toe of her little boot This Madame Bovary look alike is called Madame Arnoux and she gradually becomes the key love interest in Fréderic’s life though she keeps herself in the background of the story And although she's a very faithful spouse to M Arnoux she reminded me of Emma Bovary every time she swayed into a scene especially when it was a uestion of her 'bottines'; Flaubert and Frédéric seem to have a thing about slim leather clad feet peeping out from underneath the vastness of a crinoline And since Frédéric had been studying the caricatures in the Charivari so closely I began studying them too especially the ones by Honoré Daumier and stumbled on many parallels between Flaubert’s scenarios and Daumier's sketches When Frédéric accompanies Madame Arnoux on her shopping trips it’s hard not to imagine the scene like this especially since Frédéric is such a very flexible character The text underneath Daumier's sketch says that since women now wear skirts made of steel men would need to be made of rubber to give them their arm in the streetDaumier intends to be funny of course and you might argue that Flaubert is being serious much of the time But even when Flaubert is describing something potentially sedate or serious he makes me laugh So when I came on this description of the kind of elaborate curtsies people make in polite society I couldn't help matching the passage with another Daumier cartoon Les invités arrivaient; en manière de salut ils jetaient leur torse de côté ou se courbaient en deux ou baissaient la figure seulementSometimes I was convinced that Flaubert himself had been studying Daumier's cartoons before writing certain scenes because they just match together so well One of Frédéric's least bright friends tries his hand at a witty remark about a French writer called La Bruyère known for his book 'Les Caractères' while passing a plate of grouse co de bruyère to his friends at table il tenta même un calembour car il dit comme on passait un co de bruyère Voilà le meilleur des caractères de bruyère And of course Daumier just happens to have a witty cartoon about a grouse tooAt the same dinner the Wit insults one of Frédéric's women friends and next thing he knows Frédéric is involved in a duel—one of the funniest scenes in the book As the duel is about to begin someone runs up to shout stop and the Wit thinking it’s the police faints in fear and scratches his thumb whereupon the duel is abandoned because blood has been spilledHas Daumier such a scene? But of courseThe I looked for correspondences between Flaubert's and Daumier's scenes the I found Take this one for example where Fréderic spots a crowd in front of a painting of a young woman he has become slightly involved with and discovers that the painting has his own name under it F Moreau—as the owner of both the painting and the lady it is implied And he's not even Rosanette's lover as yet Complications seem to follow him aboutDaumier just happens to have a drawing of some people in front of a painting of a young woman too and the name ‘Moreau’ is associated with itBut it's Gustave Moreau’s Sphinx view spoiler hide spoiler


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    L'Education Sentimentale is well known to be one of Woody Allen's favourite books and it explores one of Allen's favourite themes Whether life is a tragedy or a comedy depends on hair fine nuances Melinda and Melinda is probably the clearest example the perspective constantly and rather confusingly shifts back and forward between comedy and tragedy A bit later he redid the idea in a convincing way as the linked pair Match Point the tragedy and Scoop the comedy In the same spirit here's a linked pair of reviews I wrote the tragic one first but then felt that I really needed to balance it with a comic versionTragic reviewO Hamlet speak no Thou turn'st mine eyes into my very soul;And there I see such black and grained spotsAs will not leave their tinctI'm afraid it's not exactly a fun beach read If L'Education Sentimentale doesn't make you feel uneasy you're either a remarkably secure person or you decided to uit before reaching the end And Flaubert does a good job of sneaking up on you for the first hundred pages or so I felt it was one of those books where nothing was going to happen and it wasn't until I was about halfway through that I really began to feel disuieted He's goodOn the surface it's unremarkable except for the lovely prose Frédéric is a stupid and shallow young man in 1840s France After a chance meeting on a boat he conceives a passion for Mme Arnoux a beautiful married woman He manages to insinuate himself into her husband's social circle and becomes friendly with him After a while M Arnoux trusts young Frédéric enough that he introduces him to his mistress the charming and scatterbrained Roseanette Frédéric falls for her too and then his romantic life becomes even complicated I'll try to avoid dropping any spoilers but I thought I should convince you that it's definitely not a book where nothing happens as in Madame Bovary and Salammbô there's ample sex and violence So why's it so disuieting? One way to explain is to compare with two other novels which were written not long after and certainly at least in part were inspired by it In Proust's Le Côté de Guermantes Marcel becomes as obsessed with the Duchesse de Guermantes as Frédéric does with Mme Arnoux but by the end of the novel he's got over her; we get a detailed account of how her charm gradually fades away so that he can finally see her objectively It's disappointing but extremely rational And in Maupassant's Bel Ami Georges Duroy cleverly exploits his series of mistresses to become rich and successful; this time you're shocked at how cold blooded he is but it's also rational I thought at several points that Frédéric was going to take one of these paths; he doesn't The novel's extraordinary strength is to get inside his mind as he dithers between the various women he's involved with and demonstrate how he simply isn't capable of any kind of rational thought whatsoever He's with X and Flaubert shows with his usual exactitude how blissfully in love he is with her Then a few pages later he's with Y and his protestations of eternal devotion don't come across as hypocritical much worse they're sincere And in the next chapter with Z well you get the picture It's horrifyingly well doneIn the middle of all this the Revolution of 1848 breaks out By the way if you're as ignorant about French history as I am I strongly recommend getting an annotated edition Flaubert assumes you know the story already and keeps referring to people and events I'd never heard of I was flipping to the endnotes like I was reading Infinite Jest I did wonder for a moment what the politics had to do with the main story; alas that rapidly becomes clear too Like the eponymous hero of the Rabbit series Frédéric is constitutionally incapable of seeing past the end of his own dick The fact that France has been given a once in a century chance to establish a fairer and democratic government completely escapes him There is a magnificent seuence where a major event has occurred and people are shooting at each other in the streets; all Frédéric can think about is the fact that he's missed an important date with one of his loved ones I was strongly reminded of the scene near the beginning of Shaun of the Dead where Shaun who's just been dumped by his girlfriend stumbles home in a daze while somehow managing not to notice that London is being invaded by flesh eating zombiesYou will gather that L'Education Sentimentale does not present a positive and uplifting view of human nature If only it were ugly or hastily written one could dismiss it But no as always with Flaubert it's meticulously crafted and a delight to read A lot of the time it's even funny You may occasionally want to fling it across the room; often you're going to react with a wry smile He's witty and entertaining I started with a uote from Hamlet arguably one of the book's ancestors and I'll conclude with one from Cat's Cradle probably a great grandson and also a very funny book Here's Kurt Vonnegut on the same subjectAnd I remembered The Fourteenth Book of Bokonon which I had read in its entirety the night before The Fourteenth Book is entitled 'What Can a Thoughtful Man Hope for Mankind on Earth Given the Experiences of the Past Million Years?'It doesn't take long to read The Fourteenth Book It consists of one word and a periodThis is it'Nothing'Comic review Sex and the City theme tune CARRIE is lying across her bed typing industriously on her laptopCARRIE voiceover I read that over 60% of all American men cheat on their partners That's a lot of cheating It's happened to me It's happened to my best friends It may have happened to you And the other day I started wondering the title comes up as she speaks the words When Men Cheat On Their Partners What Are They Really Thinking? Dissolve to a trendy Manhattan restaurant CARRIE is sitting alone at a table set for four people reading a paperback novel Camera zooms in to show the title Sentimental EducationCARRIE turns a page and shakes her head reflectively Jeez CARRIE is so engrossed that she doesn't notice that CHARLOTTE SAMANTHA and MIRANDA have arrived and are looking at her curiouslyCHARLOTTE Good isn't it?CARRIE starts violently Uh yes So you've read it too? Don't tell me how it endsSAMANTHA checking to see how far CARRIE has got Oh you're nearly finished You know this reminds me of something that happened to Charlotte and me a few years ago She gives CHARLOTTE a teasing look You don't mind?CHARLOTTE UmCARRIE voiceover Charlotte did mind but Samantha steamrollered herSAMANTHA steamrollering her Come on babe all ancient history now But we need some cocktails first To waiter Four CosmopolitansCARRIE voiceover This was during Charlotte's first marriage a period she doesn't like to talk about Her husband Jack was a lot older than her Montage CHARLOTTE'S FIRST HUSBAND evidently doesn't take her seriouslyCARRIE voiceover Samantha hadn't yet discovered she had a talent for PR She was wondering if she would make it as an actress Montage SAMANTHA's movie roles don't reuire her to wear muchCARRIE voiceover Samantha was also a close friend of Jack Montage JACK and SAMANTHA are having noisy sex Dissolve back to restaurantSAMANTHA smiles and pats CHARLOTTE on the arm Of course Charlotte and I didn't know each other yet CARRIE voiceover Now Jack ran this publishing company He had a cute intern called Fred One day Fred met Charlotte Dissolve back to the past Montage FRED very young and innocent meets CHARLOTTE He's obviously smittenCARRIE voiceover Fred had never seen anyone so beautiful in his life He immediately knew he could never love another woman But how could he meet her again? FRED looks sad and pensive then suddenly brightens upCARRIE voiceover Fred needed to get friendly with Jack Montage JACK is talking FRED is hanging on his every wordCARRIE voiceover Jack liked the attention He started inviting Fred to his dinner parties Montage Dinner party at JACK and CHARLOTTE's FRED gazes raptly at CHARLOTTE while she ignores himCARRIE voiceover Jack had really got to trust Fred He started taking him to parties at Samantha's place too Montage A much wilder party FRED looks embarrassed but is clearly eyeing up SAMANTHACARRIE voiceover Pretty soon Fred had fallen for Samantha as well Oh and somewhere around here he went back to Wisconsin for a couple of months and managed to get engaged to the girl next door Montage FRED is with the adoring GIRL NEXT DOOR who's even younger and innocent looking than he is Dissolve back to restaurant MIRANDA is struggling to keep up with the storyMIRANDA So uh let me see he can only love Charlotte but he's got the hots for Samantha and he's engaged to the girl next door? CHARLOTTE looks like she wants to sink through the floor She takes a large sip of her cocktail SAMANTHA is having funSAMANTHA to MIRANDA Don't worry babe it hasn't got complicated yetCARRIE voiceover Fred made progress with Charlotte She let him hold her hand while she told him about her problems But that's all that happened Montage FRED and CHARLOTTE gaze soulfully into each other's eyes go for walks hand in hand pick flowers etcCARRIE voiceover Obviously Fred wanted He made a date with Charlotte at the New York apartment he'd just started renting This was going to be it Montage FRED in an agony of suspense is waiting outside the apartment block He keeps looking at his watchCARRIE voiceover Unfortunately the date was September 11 2001 Montage The Twin Towers erupt in flames People screaming in the streets FRED is still looking at his watch as they stream pastCARRIE voiceover Fred was so angry with Charlotte for not turning up He went to see Samantha Montage FRED and SAMANTHA are having sex Dissolve back to restaurantSAMANTHA elaborate shrug Well I needed a fuck pretty badCARRIE voiceover Fred liked being with Samantha But deep down he never forgave her for making him betray his true love He started seeing someone else the wife of a rich banker Montage FRED is having sex with RICH BANKER WIFE Back to restaurantMIRANDA completely lost So he's sleeping with you and the banker's wife because he can't be with his true love? And what's with the fiancée?SAMANTHA large sip of cocktail That's it babe He thought it was my fault and the banker's wife's fault And maybe the fiancée's fault too but I was never uite sure about that Of course it all ended in tears Montage SEVERAL WOMEN are yelling at FRED throwing things etcSAMANTHA back in restaurant Your friend Stanford told Charlotte and me we should read Sentimental Education He was right It's just uncanny Flaubert is a bit of an asshole but he sure spills the beans on how men think when they cheat It helped putting an arm around CHARLOTTE And somehow Charlotte and I ended up friends Sorry babe She drains her glass CHARLOTTE drains hers and hugs her back There are tears in her eyesCARRIE voiceover I swear I'd become a lesbian if I didn't like cock so much And I wish I'd read Flaubert earlier Theme music credits


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    A sentimental education means your first love and if Frédéric’s not careful he isn’t going to learn shit from it He’s an aimless pointless little man slowly failing to do anything whatsoever with his life He’s in love with his friend’s wife and you sortof wish they'd bang just so we'd all have something to watch“The story or the plot of a novel is uite indifferent to me” though Flaubert said He wanted real life He’s the champion of realism the late 1800s movement away from moral lessons and towards the real world It’s brilliant in Madame Bovary his first novel By the time he finished Sentimental Education 12 years later in 1862 he seems to have remembered something crucial about the real world its plot is a fucking messFrédéric hems and haws about Madame Arnoux while having affairs with a trio of other women a courtesan the girl next door a different friend’s wife They have varying levels of intensity and consummation from one tomaybe six? Frédéric doesn’t go all the way to ten Will he get anything going with Madame Arnoux? Certainly not if he’s the one who has to do it He can’t even get a job You hear “merciless” about Flaubert a lot and I appreciate the mercilessness of this picture There are a lot of dudes like Frédéric in the world these Cabbage Patch AirPod holders and Flaubert’s not going to let any of them get away with it But this is a book Henry James thought was boring Called it “a curiosity for a literary museum” Let that sink in for a minute right? Henry James If you're boring Henry James you have a real problem I couldn’t keep any of the male characters straight The character arc is like dropped spaghetti And when Flaubert decided to write about the real world he meant the real world like not just what actually happens but what actually happened and that means you’re getting the intricate details of the Insurrection of June 1848 which isn’t even France’s best revolutionThis isn’t France’s best novel about idle rich idiots fucking each other’s spouses either That’s Dangerous Liaisons by a mile It has its moments but mostly it feels as aimless as Frédéric As aimless as real life even and if I wanted that I wouldn’t be reading a book would I?


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    Education is not a pleasant thing for the one who is subject to it What does education mean?Education means simply speaking taming breaking creating certain reflexes correcting However to correct it is to break something and that is always painful at first Of course after that it is fine but at first it is not pleasant at all If we go to school to be educated it is because we have nowhere to go Because our reflexes are crude raw virgin because we can easily change the nature of our passionsBut what about the grown up man? A certain illusion is born in the mature man I am as good as I am I need nothing I'm coping with the way I am This illusion is not at all unnatural and not at all condemnable It is difficult to reconcile with the idea that you are unsuccessful that you have stitches that you are vicious that you are tied to the senses that your ideas are just prejudices and your feelings are confused and mediocre It is difficult to accept because it is proper for man to believe in himself without self confidence he cannot have the feeling of fullness and freedom For man to doubt himself his own experience must restrain him For example he should believe himself in being unbearable to women and women in dealing with him to show him that he is unbearable but not who knows what He must believe himself intelligent and in a determined circumstance to prove to him the opposite It seems indisputable that in most cases things happen in this way with the exceptions for which the educational precepts are not sufficientLiterature is made for the vast majority of people and has an educational purpose So dear friend of my heart I will want to reread your book someday I wanted to reread it ie George Sand my daughter in law has read it too and some of my young people all readers in earnest and of the first rank and not stupid at all thank you George Sand We are all of the same opinion that it is a beautiful book eual in strength to the best ones of Balzac and truer that is to say faithful to the truth from one end to the other One needs the great art the exuisite form and the severity of your work to do without flowers of fancy However you throw poetry with a full hand on your picture whether your characters understand it or not Rosanette at Fontainebleau does not know on what grass she walks and nevertheless she is poeticAll that issues from a master's hand and your place is well won for always Live then as calmly as possible in order to last a long time and to produce a great deal I have seen two short articles which did not seem to me to rebel against your success; but I hardly know what is going on politics seems to me to absorb everything Keep me posted If they did not do justice to you I should be angry and should say what I think It is my right ### Dear good masterYour old troubadour ie Gustave Flaubert is vehemently slandered by the papers Read the Constitutionnel of last Monday the Gaulois of this morning it is blunt and plain They call me IDIOTC and COMMONBarbey d'Aurevilly's article Constitutionnel is a model of this character and the good Sarcey's although less violent is in no way behind it These gentlemen object in the name of MORALITY and the IDEAL I have also been annihilated in le Figaro and in Paris by Cesana and Duranty I most profoundly don't care a fig but that does not make me any the less astonished by so much hatred and bad faithLa Tribune le Pays and l'Opinion nationale on the other hand have highly praised me As for the friends the persons who received a copy adorned by my hand they have been afraid of compromising themselves and have talked me of other things The BRAVE are FEW The book is selling very well nevertheless in spite of politics and Levy appears satisfied I know that the bourgeois of Rouen are furious with me because of pere Roue and the cancan at the Tuileries They think that one ought to prevent the publication of books like that textual that I lend a hand to the Reds that I am capable of inflaming revolutionary passions etc etc In short I have received very few laurels up to now and no rose leaf hurts meAll the papers cite as a proof of my depravity the episode of the Turkish woman which they misrepresent naturally; and Sarcey compares me to Maruis de Sade whom he comfesses he has not readAll that does not upset me at all But I WONDER what use there is in printing my book? ###As always George Sand is the master of words and has the last of it I think that your school is not concerned with the substance and that it dwells too much on the surface By virtue of seeking the form it makes the substance too cheap it addresses itself to the men of letters But there are no men of letters properly speaking Before everything one is a man One wants to find man at the basis of every story and every deed That was the defect of l'Education sentimentale about which I have so often reflected since asking myself why there was so general a dislike of a work that was so well done and so solid This defect was the absence of ACTION of the characters on themselves They submitted to the event and never mastered it Well I think that the chief interest in a story is what you did not want to do If I were you I would try the opposite; you are feeding on Shakespeare just now and you are doing well He is the author who puts men at grips with events; observe that by them whether for good or for ill the event is always conuered In his works it is crushed underfootL'Education sentimentale has been a misunderstood book as I have told you repeatedly but you have not listened to me There should have been a short preface or at a good opportunity an expression of blame even if only a happy epithet to condemn the evil to characterize the defect to signalize the effort All the characters in that book are feeble and come to nothing except those with bad instincts; that is what you are reproached with because people did not understand that you wanted precisely to depict a deplorable state of society that encourages these bad instincts and ruins noble efforts; when people do not understand us it is always our fault What the reader wants first of all is to penetrate into our thought and that is what you deny him arrogantly He thinks that you scorn him and that you want to ridicule him For my part I understood you for I knew you If anyone had brought me your book without its being signed I should have thought it beautiful but strange and I should have asked myself if you were immoral skeptical indifferent or heart broken You say that it ought to be like that and that M Flaubert will violate the rules of good taste if he shows his thought and the aim of his literary enterprise It is false in the highest degree When M Flaubert writes well and seriously one attaches oneself to his personality One wants to sink or swim with him If he leaves you in doubt you lose interest in his work you neglect it or you give it upI have already combated your favorite heresy which is that one writes for twenty intelligent people and does not care a fig for the rest It is not true since the lack of success irritates you and troubles you Besides there have not been twenty critics favorable to this book which was so well written and so important So one must not write for twenty persons any than for three or for a hundred thousand One must write for all those who have a thirst to read and who can profit by good reading Then one must go straight to the most elevated morality within oneself and not make a mystery of the moral and profitable meaning of one's book People found that with Madame Bovary If one part of the public cried scandal the healthiest and the broadest part saw in it a severe and striking lesson given to a woman without conscience and without faith to vanity to ambition to irrationality They pitied her; art reuired that but the lesson was clear and it would have been so it would have been so for everybody if you had wished it if you had shown clearly the opinion that you had and that the public ought to have had about the heroine her husband and her loversThat desire to depict things as they are the adventures of life as they present themselves to the eye is not well thought out in my opinion Depict inert things as a realist as a poet it's all the same to me but when one touches on the emotions of the human heart it is another thing You cannot abstract yourself from this contemplation; for man that is yourself and men that is the reader Whatever you do your tale is a conversation between you and the reader If you show him the evil coldly without ever showing him the good he is angry He wonders if it is he that is bad or if it is you You work however to rouse him and to interest him; you will never succeed if you are not roused yourself or if you hide it so well that he thinks you indifferent He is right supreme impartiality is an anti human thing and a novel ought to be human above everything If it is not the public is not pleased in its being well written well composed and conscientious in every detail The essential uality is not there interest The reader breaks away likewise from a book where all the characters are good without distinctions and without weaknesses; he sees clearly that that is not human either I believe that art this special art of narration is only worth while through the opposition of characters; but in their struggle I prefer to see the right prevail Let events overwhelm the honest men I agree to that but let him not be soiled or belittled by them and let him go to the stake feeling that he is happier than his executionersYou must have success after that bad luck which has troubled you deeply I tell you wherein lie the certain conditions for your success Keep your cult for form; but pay attention to the substance Do not take true virtue for a commonplace in literature Give it its representative make honest and strong men pass among the fools and the imbeciles that you love to ridicule Show what is solid at the bottom of these intellectual abortions; in short abandon the convention of the realist and return to the time reality which is a mingling of the beautiful and the ugly the dull and the brilliant but in which the desire of good finds its place and its occupation all the same


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    An exhausting thrill ride through the zany world of womanising socialite Frédéric or—for the first 300 pages at least—wannabe womanising socialite Frédéric Because Frédéric can’t make it happen with his mate Arnoux’s missus nor his mate Arnoux’s mistress this frustration is the bane of his existence as he falls in and out of money society and love Against the backdrop of the 1848 Paris uprising this novel heaves with ornate descriptive grandeur political commentary and violence a frenetic comic energy and love triangles than the HMS Hefner in Bermuda A classic that delights frustrates amuses and teases in eual measure—what could you ask for? Sex? Well there’s no sex You have sex on the brain you do Take a cold shower


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    Finished What an achievement Writing it not reading it I marvel that he has written a book with no character for which one could have a shred of sympathy and yet somehow we sit there caring what happens I mean really caring reading through breakfast caringI kept thinking of The Great Gatsby when Nick says to Jay They're a rotten crowdYou're worth the whole damn bunch put together and isn't that what makes the book work that there is somebody worthy of our caring But here there isn't one character to redeem the story and yet even so even though they are rotten without exception still Flaubert gets you to care AmazingAnd then again I marvel that the book is a complete shambles The rest is herehttpalittleteaalittlechatwordpres


  9. says:

    this book deserves anywhere between 42 and 47 stars“Funny how the things you have the hardest time parting with are the things you need the least” Bob DylanWith every work I read or reread by Flaubert I am all the convinced that he was the master craftsman that he was master of attention to the tiny stuff the small details that are layered brick by brick word by word the master of attention to even the mortar between the bricks and master of raising the whole damn superstructure The buildings he makes out of words hold the world and I want to call him King of the Paragraph because his seem so measured so precise so carefully wrought I’ve heard complaints that his detailing of minutiae can become tedious but to me that is evidence of the eye fully open the mind ticking at a heightened rate the physicality of the world irresistibly impressing itself on his realism His emotional sketches are just as profound and rich as his inventories of space; his sketches of those characters void of human emotion are eually as profound Flaubert is almost that Joycean image of the author pairing his nails detached his handiwork submerged in refinement Almost Because above all Flaubert is a satirist So his presence is felt as a ripple on the surface of the water is evidence of a rampart crumbling on the ocean floor I stole that from Frank O’Hara But kind of like the experience of reading Nabokov Flaubert the artist is what is on full display here and in Sentimental Education as I said when I was writing about Bouvard and Pecuchet he is perched behind his curtain like Oz or comfortably atop Mount Olympus like the prankster gods of old He animates his characters to illustrate human folly above all else who are we to sympathize with in Madame Bovary? who do we not find ridiculous in B P? who deserves our alliance in Sentimental Education? but the almost indefinable thing about Flaubert is that amid his mockery he comes off as touching Because you get the impression that this cranky god really loves his little pets and wishes them the best although he knows with all his prescience what the grim best is for us hopeless little mortals playing our dangerous gamesIt’s a pretty grim book Those two eternal opiates sex and power are pretty much the sole motivation behind everyone in Frédéric and Deslauriers’ circle Allegiances and philosophies are as mutable as clothing or the shifting light in Paris everything is exhausted in the pursuit of one of those two endless ends Flaubert claimed his intent was to write “the moral history of the men of my generation” and if so it’s a bleak assessment The great upheavals that define 19th century France take place as the background of this narrative the Revolution of 1848 acting as a center point but Frédéric is too busy trying to get a piece of ass to really notice The offstage massacres and thunder of guns in far off arrondisements are purposefully distanced the “moral history” Flaubert is trying to paint is apparently mass solipsism The revolutionaries become oppressors when it suits them the super rich elite are suddenly populists and social advocates when the unrest in the streets threatens the order of things the artists sell out brave men are proven cowards and all seem to worship some vague form of authority whether it be social political or psychological Frédéric’s obsessive life long pursuit of the phantom like image of Madame Arnoux can be extrapolated into a rather ripe comment on all of those masses surging about in the streets of mid 19th century Paris they too were chasing ghosts the ghosts of the Revolution Royalism Socialism Democracy all those specters that never seem content to lie in their graves; all those straw men people are constantly trying to revive in the name of some sort of never achieved utopia See the Dylan uote aboveBut the potential bad taste in the mouth that this kind of judgement on humanity could leave the awfulness duplicity shallowness stupidity manipulation and gold digging of the people in Sentimental Education is offset by Flaubert’s lovely lovely prose his impressionistic drawing of scenes his adoration of Paris as an entity of indifferent light and beauty; his Paris the place where history unfolds under the stoicism of stone arcades where passions are conceived and destroyed where markets are set up in the mornings and dismantled in the evenings and alluring smells emanate from restaurants where gossip flows through the gutters like sewage and alleys are sunk in aueous light and the sky is always pale or a vaulted blue or gray and about to rain and the amber evening is refracted through clouds making all of our selfish human endeavors all the charming all the timeless and endearing; and the Seine is reflecting the gaslights in wavering strands as a tortured lover pines on the Pont Neuf at midnight and hooves percuss and echo from the cobblestones and Montmarte is filthy and eternal and the cafes are greasy and alive with chatter and opaue with purple smoke and the men are in their cravats and top hats and the women are rouged and bosomy and flush and comely Flaubert cannot help but adore Paris despite himself That mythical stage that constant setting for so much of the great art that the Western world has produced Sentimental Education succeeds in coming off like an epic of place of space and lifetimes a panoptic portrait of interesting times told in often banal scenes and acts; and the techniue skill or what have you of the sardonic darkly hilarious master Flaubert elevates the book beyond some severe excoriation of the human condition it makes it a vital work of art resonant now and probably for all time


  10. says:

    I have read half I am dumping this I cannot bear another minute of it A classic not worthy of its title nor its fameA book of historical fiction it draws French society at the time of the 1848 French Revolution Adulterous love affairs abound yet they are drawn without a hint of passion This is a book that does not even come close to fulfilling what the title impliesThe characters are flighty self important and totally uninteresting They are cardboard figures drawn without depthThe plot is no better One mistress is exchanged for another One friend is exchanged for another A promise is given but not kept One employment is exchanged for another or preferably if one can pull it off one should not be employed at all An inheritance is handy The writing is wordy over descriptive detailing only that not interesting The fabric of clothing the wallpaper floor coverings and mantelpiece ornaments The mundane objects in a room Politics of the time is made boring The physical attributes of a person may be described but their personalities are shallow and without substance Without comparing the French text to the English it is impossible to determine if the translation is at fault I can state that the prose does not flow properly; in many instances words are not used as they should be It is at times unclear whom a pronoun refers to and prepositions are incorrectly chosen First I listened to this narrated by Michael Maloney The French names for places and people were mumbled It was impossible to follow The words were sung rather than spoken as poetry to be recited rather than prose read I switched to the narrator Jonathan Fried; he is definitely better The names became decipherable Fried’s narration I have given three starsIt is classics such as this that make people dislike classics I have given Gustave Flaubert 's Madame Bovary three stars I will not be reading by this author


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