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Sentimental Education (Dover Thrift Editions) by [Flaubert, Gustave]
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Frederic Moreau, a moderately gifted young provincial, is ambitious in many ways: he dreams of fame, of vast wealth, of literary and artistic achievement, of a grand passion. On the Paris paddle-steamer which transports him to his home town of Nogent-sur-Seine at the outset of the novel, he becomes transfixed by the demure Madame Arnoux and, back in Paris, cultivates her ebullient and enterprising husband in order to be near her. Frederic's devotion fluctuates like his other enthusiasms, and he is caught up in the intense pleasures and the inevitable ennuis of Parisian life.

About the Author

Gustave Flaubert was born in Rouen in 1821. Aside from his travels, and a stormy liaison with the poetess Louise Colet, his life was dedicated to the practice of his art. The success of Madame Bovary (1857) was ensured by government prosecution for "immorality"; Salammbô (1862) and A Sentimental Education (1869) received a cool public reception; not until the publication of Three Tales (1877) was his genius popularly acknowledged. His final bitterness and disillusion were vividly evidenced in the savagely satiric Bouvard and Pécuchet, left unfinished at his death in 1880.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1593 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (22 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A62Y0VM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #467,759 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I have loved L'Education Sentimentale for 40 years, ever since I read it on my French degree. I've re-read it at least 4 times, and I thought it would be good to have on my Kindle so I can drop into it when I'm in the mood. It wasn't available in French for Kindle, so I downloaded this English translation. DON'T bother with it, if you really want to have some idea what Flaubert wrote, and why many people, including me, think it a greater book than Madame Bovary! The translator obviously didn't understand some of the French, to comical effect, and had no idea at all about how to make conversations seem realistic. Characters keep saying 'Tis at the beginning of sentences, making them sound like Irishmen in a pub rather than Parisians in a 19C salon. Get a good translation, and let yourself wander with Frederic Moreau through the boulevards of the city at the height of its artistic and political ferment in the 1840s, watching him miss opportunities, screw up relationships, fritter money away, let down his friends, and in a thousand other little ways behave like the mediocre individual most of us are. It's a novel about real lives - we're none of us heroes, and all the important things happen when we're thinking about something else. When we're young we think all the best times are going to come in the future we dream about, and when we're older, we look back with regret at the good times when we were young, that will never come back. Flaubert tells it like it is....
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"The Sentimental Education" is an absolutely brilliant novel. That Flaubert's most famous and most highly regarded novel is "Madame Bovary" is astounding to me. That novel has many failings, whereas "Education" has none. The writing is the best you'll ever read, the story is touching and deep and rich, the charcters wonderfully drawn. And the last paragraph in the novel is both hilarious and endearing, and makes it a novel that is brilliant to the very last word. I can not recommend this novel highly enough. It is somewhat of an overlooked masterpiece (overshadowed by the lesser "Bovary"). One critic said that the reason "Forrest Gump" (the movie version) did so well was that "it dealt wonderfully with unrequited love, something we can all relate to." Well, "Education" is about unrequited love, and it deals with it with 100 times the power that "Forrest Gump" did. The novel also includes a revolution and the Parisian social world. "THE SENTIMENTAL EDUCATION" HAS EVERYTHING!!! When Woody Allen listed the "things that make me happy to live," one of the things he listed was "`The Sentimental Education' by Gustave Flaubert."
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Sentimental Education follows Frédéric Moreau as he leaves his provincial school, full of idealistic vigor, and travels to Paris to make his mark. As a young member of the middle class, Frédéric is able to move from the parlors of the libertarian petit bourgeois to aristocratic salons as his ego and ambition expand.

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.
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I agree with a reviewer before me that this masterpiece is overshadowed by Bovary and, for the life of me, I can't understand why. The main character is better, Emma Bovary's complaints do little to outshine Frederic Moreau's idle lifestyle. It's wonderful--the language, the descriptions and, most of all, the way in which Flaubert can make the reader see how utterly wretched the "upper class" lifestyle is. Excellent, from beginning to end.
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it took me some 30-40 pages to get into the story as Flaubert puts many characters in the story without really introducing them, you get to know them bit by bit. Main character Frédéric really is a helpless case, falling in love with married woman, a prostitue and then even rich widow that he seduces even before her husband was dying.
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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