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5.0 out of 5 stars A clever, funny and readable account of a human life, 22 Oct. 1998
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This review is from: Flaubert's Parrot (Picador Books) (Paperback)
Julian Barnes is a wonderfully flattering writer and this book is no exception. I had never read any Flaubert and in this book he was able to create a real desire to explore everything he had written. The story centres around a retired doctor and obsessive Flaubert fan who trawls through the life of the writer as though through an antique shop. In the process he unearths treasures not only about Flaubert but about the whole human condition. At the start of the book the character (and above all its glaring flaws)of the doctor and his own tragic history are muffled by the wealth of curioities we discover about Flaubert - slowly the narrators life grip our interest more and more and Barnes manages to drip feed just enough information to keep the reader fascinated. By turns funny and painful this is a truly wonderful book
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