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Flaubert's Parrot
     

Flaubert's Parrot

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by Julian Barnes
 

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A kind of detective story, relating a cranky amateur scholar's search for the truth about Gustave Flaubert, and the obsession of this detective whose life seems to oddly mirror those of Flaubert's characters.

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A kind of detective story, relating a cranky amateur scholar's search for the truth about Gustave Flaubert, and the obsession of this detective whose life seems to oddly mirror those of Flaubert's characters.

Editorial Reviews

Peter Brooks
Mr. Barnes hasn't written this novel directly or simply. Rather, he has appropriately given us the story of an obsession with Flaubert. The result is a splendid hybrid of a novel, part biography, part fiction, part literary criticism, the whole carried off with great bio. Flaubert's Parrot' is high literary entertainment. -- New York Times
Christopher Lehmann-Haupt
"Witty and dazzeling!" -- The New York Times
Publishers Weekly
Barnes's contemporary classic follows loosely in the footsteps of acclaimed 19th-century French novelist Gustave Flaubert, serving as capsule biography, work of critical art, record of cross-generational authorial jealousy, and a portrait of obsession. As the protagonist meditates on Madame Bovary, while giving us quick glimpses into the source of his own fixation on the novel—like Emma, his own wife was unfaithful and committed suicide—Richard Morant keeps pace, following Barnes as he dips and dives through a dizzying variety of styles. A Vintage paperback. (Apr.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679731368
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/28/1990
Series:
Vintage International Series
Edition description:
1st Vintage international ed
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
213,822
Product dimensions:
5.14(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.56(d)

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Joseph Heller
"Delightful and enriching...a book to revel in!"
John Irving
"A gem! An unashamed literary novel that is also unashamed to be readable and broadly entertaining. Bravo!"

Meet the Author

Born in Leicester in 1946, Julian Barnes is the author of nine novels, a book of stories, and a collection of essays. He has won both the Prix Médicis and the Prix Fémina, and in 1988 was made a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He lives in London.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
London, England
Date of Birth:
January 19, 1946
Place of Birth:
Leicester, England
Education:
Degree in modern languages from Magdalen College, Oxford, 1968

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Flaubert's Parrot 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am glad to discover this Gem of a book. This is the first title that i had read by Barnes.I'm surprised at what a great writer he is.Though, i cannot say i knew what to expect, it's a great book. I knew next to nothing about Flaubert But the book has made me want to find more out about him, probably read his classic. I enjoy an experimental book and especially one that is well written. it makes me want to go to Egypt, France and Especially England, i believe i will read other titles by Barnes.
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