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Product Details

  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Digireads.com (January 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420934392
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420934397
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,888,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Novel by Gustave Flaubert, published in French in 1869 as L'Education sentimentale: Histoire d'un jeune homme. The protagonist, Frederic Moreau, and his beloved, Mme Arnoux, are based on Flaubert's youthful infatuation with an older married woman. Frederic's puppy love for Mme Arnoux is at first steadfast and idealistic, and she remains faithful to her rather frivolous husband. Frederic's love ends in disillusionment, as do the subsequent passions of his life. His youthful ambitions lead to failure and boredom, and his idealistic views of social progress are disappointed by reality. Among the novel's most remarkable qualities is Flaubert's vivid and faithful presentation of its social and political setting, including the Revolution of 1848, the republic that followed, and the mood of the French people amid the era's many changes. -- The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Gustave Flaubert was born in Rouen in 1821, the son of a prominent physician. A solitary child, he was attracted to literature at an early age, and after his recovery from a nervous breakdown suffered while a law student, he turned his total energies to writing. Aside from journeys to the Near East, Greece, Italy, and North Africa, and a stormy liaison with the poetess Louise Colet, his life was dedicated to the practice of his art. The form of his work was marked by intense aesthetic scrupulousness and passionate pursuit of le mot juste; its content alternately reflected scorn for French bourgeois society and a romantic taste for exotic historical subject matter. The success of Madame Bovary (1857) was ensured by government prosecution for ���immorality���; Salammb��� (1862) and The Sentimental Education (1869) received a cool public reception; not until the publication of Three Tales (1877) was his genius popularly acknowledged. Among fellow writers, however, his reputation was supreme. His circle of friends included Turgenev and the Goncourt brothers, while the young Guy de Maupassant underwent an arduous literary apprenticeship under his direction. Increasing personal isolation and financial insecurity troubled his last years. His final bitterness and disillusion were vividly evidenced in the savagely satiric Bouvard and P���cuchet, left unfinished at his death in 1880.
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This may be the best book Flaubert ever wrote, and it is certainly one of the best novels ever written.
Geoff Puterbaugh
This book is great, easy to understand by the average person, the plot moves along at a good pace and the ending is very good.
Konstantin
Insightful social observation and commentary, psychological insight, brilliant descriptive writing, and a tremendous canvas.
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127 of 143 people found the following review helpful By pnotley@hotmail.com on September 20, 2004
Format: Paperback
There is a special value in "Sentimental Education" that puts it among the highest class of novels. Better than Thackery, better than Stendhal, better than Austen, better than Balzac, better than Eliot, it offers something that Dickens or Melville, for all their virtues, do not provide. Here is a portrayal of a society, where the author looks deeply and thoroughly--and does not flinch. The contrast with Thackeray, whose sarcasms and coldness cannot hide a fundamentally conventional mind, is obvious. But there is also not the self-satisfied amusement with its own proprieties that we see in Austen, or the something for everyone that we see in Trollope, or the sentimentality so obvious in Dickens, or the way the captain goes on and on in "Billy Budd" saying he has no choice but to execute the fundamentally innocent Billy, or the fundamentally abstract obsession with unity that we see in Eliot. Here we see a story of a venial, petty monarchy, the hopes and illusions of the second republic, and its suppression and replacement by a new Napoleonic regime. If many of the friends of Frederic Moreau are shallow and complacent in their "democratic" phase, that does not alter their fact that their opportunism and moral corruption is a gruesome business. It does not remove the shock on reading the death of the one truly decent person in the book, murdered by a dead ringer for David Horowitz.

This is not a popular book in the English speaking world. Frederic Moreau does not have the dignity and moral weight that a moralistic criticism demands. Much of his time is spent wondering how to seduce Madame Arnoux or how he should snag "The General." Of course, French 19th century fiction is distinguished from its Victorian counterpart by a greater degree of sexual realism.
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 22, 1998
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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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As none of Flaubert's other works are as widely known as Madame Bovary, I assumed they must be inferior, and did not rush to read them. When I finally started reading Sentimental Education, I was immediately struck by its relative lack of refinement, and I almost put it down. I am quite glad I did not: it has become my favorite literary work of all time.

Unfortunately, there isn't a single adjective I can use to describe its magnificence, and I certainly would not say it is "greater" than Madame Bovary. It takes minimal interest in doing the things that are generally considered important; for example, there is not a single articulable "idea" presented in the novel. The action reaches a climax near the end, but it is rather arbitrary, and even feels forced. There is a central metaphor, I suppose, but not the sort of puzzle-piece metaphor one would find in Tolstoy's work.

And yet, I feel the rejection of the conventions of "great" literature are greatly to Flaubert's credit. In Sentimental Education, Flaubert directly accomplishes those things that literary conventions were developed to accomplish. To provide an incomplete list of those things, he establishes an intimate and emotional connection with the reader, illustrates a number of the fundamental properties of the world we live in, and provides that aesthetic bliss found only in masterful art.

As further evidence of this novel's awesomeness that I couldn't fit into a properly organized paragraph, this is the only book I've ever had dreams about, and indeed I continue to have dreams about it. According to the introduction, Kafka also had dreams about it.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 8, 1998
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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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