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Gustave Flaubert – Salammbô (2)

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Salammbô       Let us not try to bring this novel back to our present world: Flaubert wrote it to escape from his own. Let us travel with him, in time and space, and plunge into a “barbaric” world of his imagination, where questions of guilt and conscience have no place, where beliefs and […]

Gustave Flaubert – Sentimental Education (2)

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Sentimental Education    Extract from the chapter 14.   In the Sentimental Education, Flaubert wanted to tell the story of his generation. And the great event of this generation is the revolution of 1848. The people put an end to the monarchy. A revolution is first and foremost the violence of an angry mob: something […]

Gustave Flaubert – Sentimental Education

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Sentimental Education      (Extract from chapter 5)   Flaubert should not be read like we eat a sandwich, but rather like being a guest at Alain Ducasse’s table. Every detail matter. Let’s savour the very substance of the language, the alchemy between sound and meaning! In this extract, Flaubert tells the story of his […]

Gustave Flaubert – Three Tales

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Three Tales A simple soul       The following text is taken from the first of these Tales, A Simple Soul. It tells of the life of a servant, Félicité, devoted to the family that employs her, without calculation or self-reflection. Underneath its apparent simplicity, Flaubert’s text is deeply thought out, worked out very […]

Gustave Flaubert – Madame Bovary (2)

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Madame Bovary   Madame Bovary fantasises, fantasises restlessly and that is her misfortune. She would do anything for her desires to come alive : abandon her husband, throw money out the window. But Flaubert seems to tell us that reality is stronger than all desires, .     “Madame was in her room, which no […]

Gustave Flaubert – Salammbô

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Salammbô     In this novel, Flaubert, after having done a lot of research, after having smoked pipes for a very long time on his sofa, conjures up ancient Carthage: battles, lions, warlords, a woman devoted to worship… After the Norman greyness of his previous novel (Madame Bovary), he needed to refresh his soul in […]

Gustave Flaubert – Madame Bovary

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Madame Bovary   Madame Bovary is one of the masterpieces of world literature. Why is this so? Because in the middle of the 19th century, it heralds our entire modernity, the downgrading of the countryside in relation to the city, the feeling of being on the margins, frustration with reality, and even the consumer society. […]