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.See more details below

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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:
378,964
Product dimensions:
5.14(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.56(d)

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