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Sentimental Education Vol 1 by [Flaubert, Gustave]
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About the Author

Gustave Flaubert (12 December 1821 – 8 May 1880) was an influential French writer widely considered one of the greatest novelists in Western literature. He is known especially for his first published novel, Madame Bovary (1857), for his Correspondence, and for his scrupulous devotion to his style and aesthetics. He was a tireless worker and often complained in his letters to friends about the strenuous nature of his work. He was close to his niece, Caroline Commanville, and had a close friendship and correspondence with George Sand. He occasionally visited Parisian acquaintances, including Émile Zola, Alphonse Daudet, Ivan Turgenev, and Edmond and Jules de Goncourt. The 1870s were a difficult time for him. Prussian soldiers occupied his house during the War of 1870, and his mother died in 1872. After her death, he fell into financial difficulty due to business failures on the part of his niece's husband. He suffered from venereal diseases most of his life. His health declined and he died at Croisset of a cerebral hemorrhage in 1880 at the age of 58. He was buried in the family vault in the cemetery of Rouen. A monument to him by Henri Chapu was unveiled at the museum of Rouen.

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  • File Size: 632 KB
  • Print Length: 88 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: March 30, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004UJ3G2Q
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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This is the first volume of a two-volume version (the second, mysteriously goes by the French title "Education Sentimentale (English)."

The text uses the 1904 translation which has occasional inelegant phrasing and a fondness for rather peculiar vocabulary (I lost count of the times a piece of furniture is described with a 'whatnot' on top of it), but the text itself is flawlessly converted and easily navigated. There are ten chapters indexed at the beginning.

There are no illustrations even though the captions are preserved, and the original translator's notes are so scanty and perversely chosen they were hardly worth including, but these are minor details.

The novel itself traces the fortunes of a young man, Frederick Moreau, as he comes of age in mid-19th century France. He is the original flaneur, the man about town, who wanders and takes in the delights and frustrations of a modern city. He longs for money, love, sex and intellectual fulfillment and is singularly ill-equipped to realize any of them. The book teems with richly textured observations and portraits of the circles he moves in.

On the whole this is a perfect example of a ebook version of a 19th century classic.
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FYI: This is volume 1 (containing chapters 1-10) of the two that comprise Flaubert's complete novel, "A Sentimental Education." The second-half (containing chapters 11-20) is also available in a free public domain edition (like this one, nicely formatted and with footnotes but also no translator's name) under a slightly different title ("Education sentimentale. English") in the Kindle Store. That title does not make clear it is the continuation and finalization of this first volume, but you will obviously want to obtain that one as well to be able to read this famous novel in its entirety.
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Great writing, meandering story of aimless young man. Entertaining if you are okay with minimal plot but beautiful observations. Flaubert is a master of the scene and mood.
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Need the entire work to appreciate the novel. Did not meet woody Allen recommendation of the best in life as referenced in Manhattan.
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