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on 17 October 2010
My first introduction to Flaubert and I was a little disappointed.
He writes sparsely, and well, but it felt more like a technical exercise than anything else. These stories, oddly given their subject matter, seemed to lack heart. "A Simple Heart", which many think highly of, was a rush through an average servant's life but it left little room for contemplation. "Saint Julian" I enjoyed the most as Flaubert's fleeting style actually suited this sort of pseudo-medieval tale. "Herodias" was probably the weakest, requiring too much historical knowledge and, again, lacking some soul.
So this didn't impress me. Neither as good as those who came before (Balzac) or after him (Maupassant).