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Sentimental Education (Dover Thrift Editions) Kindle Edition
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Set against the backdrop of the July Monarchy and the 1848 revolution, the novel deconstructs Frédéric’s idealism through the influence of money, love, lust and ambition. Three relationships in particular serve as lenses to study Frédéric’s shifting character; his romantic, distant love for the married Mme Arnoux; his lust for Rosanette, the ‘Marshall’; and his self-serving affair with the grand Mme Dambreuse. Each new relationship strips away a quantity of Frédéric’s innocence even as it adds heft to his experience and confidence.
Flaubert was a courageous writer and his decision to depict Frédéric’s flaws so scrupulously bears this out, not least as Sentimental Education is widely considered to be somewhat autobiographical. Its influence on the ‘coming of age’ genre is obvious but unlike later novels, its emphasis is on the corrupting effect of life and, ultimately, it celebrates the naïve innocence of youth (even if that celebration is wistfully nostalgic).
It’s impossible not to compare Sentimental Education to its predecessor Madame Bovary. Both chart the lives of their flawed central characters through their disaffections – one starved of external stimulus and corrupted by her own inner life, the other stained by all of the temptations of the metropolis. As such, the two novels work very well as thematic counterparts.Read more ›
The story jumped from one place to the other but it is so cleverly and well written that it did not matter to
good read and indeed better than Madame Bovary
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Wonderful book - perfect writing. Interesting chap.Published 5 months ago by Lindsey Clare Gee-Turner
Great novel, but this is a poor translation. I would recommend the Penguin translation.Published 16 months ago by loubs01
Sentimental Education is a kind of coming of age yarn set within the framework of French, chiefly Parisian, society. Read morePublished on 15 Oct. 2013 by Mr N D Willis
Expectations were high. Having loved the wit and cynicism of 'Madame Bovary' I finally made time for 'Sentimental Education' but I'm afraid that I found it poorly paced and... Read morePublished on 8 July 2013 by Alex Belsey
This book is the pinnacle of realism and is possibly the greatest novel ever written. The only book that strikes me as possibly having as great a level of insight into the human... Read morePublished on 23 July 2012 by Darran