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L'Education Sentimentale (French Edition) (French) Paperback – January 11, 1999


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: French & European Pubns (January 11, 1999)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 0685348970
  • ISBN-13: 978-0685348970
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #527,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John P. Jones III TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 27, 2013
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... and it seemed to me that you were there, when I read the passages of love in these books."

Gustave Flaubert published this work, in its final form, in 1869. Another of his works, Madame Bovary (Penguin Classics) has achieved greater fame, and thus is the one work that is assigned to students, to be read either in the original French, or in English translation. If you are beyond writing papers for grades issued by others, and are only "grading" yourself, I'd highly recommend this excellent novel on the pursuit of love and the pursuit of power, and how they are so often intertwined. Reflecting Flaubert's lifelong love affair with an older, married woman, Mme. Schlesinger, the central dynamic in this novel is the protagonist, Frédéric Moreau, love affair with an older, married woman, Mme. Arnoux. It is literally, for him, love at first sight; as a young student, he glimpses her on a boat ride down the Seine.

Most of the novel is set in a 12-year time period, from 1840 to 1852. During this time, Moreau comes of age in French society, from being an aspiring law student to making business deals, as a result of a fortuitous inheritance from an uncle. His father is dead, and his mother lives in the countryside, sending him the notes that say: "Don't forget me." There are several descriptions of the gathering and parties of "drawing room" society that foreshadowed the work of Marcel Proust, and so it should be no surprise that there is an afterword from him. "Les Affairs," in both the French and English sense are highly operative throughout the book, and there are deals, counter deals and double-crosses, in both the area of finance and "the bed.
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