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Flaubert's Parrot (Vintage International)

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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.

Review:

"This ingenious, lively, witty, and exceptionally entertaining novel is ostensibly the story of Geoffrey Braithwaite, an English physician and amateur of Flaubert, who investigates the art and life of the great French novelist. Imagine a book informed by the compulsiveness of Eric Ambler's A Coffin for Dimitrios, the artifice of Nabokov's Pale Fire, and the historical masquerade of Virginia Woolf's Orlando all blended into something very special, and you will have some idea of what Barnes' little masterpiece is like. Flaubert haunts every word and page of this often very funny and also very poignant meditation on art, love, history, and life." Reviewed by Daniel Weiss, Virginia Quarterly Review (Copyright 2006 Virginia Quarterly Review)

About 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.

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zoecatsiff, March 4, 2012 (view all comments by zoecatsiff)
Began this at age 15 and lost my copy somewhere under a bed or on a plane. Looking forward to beginning again a decade or so later! Hooray Powell's!
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Began this at age 15 and lost my copy somewhere under a bed or on a plane. Looking forward to beginning again a decade or so later! Hooray Powell's!
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Alisha C, January 14, 2012 (view all comments by Alisha C)
At first, the structure and style of this novel was unnerving. The material is not presented in traditional prose style, but rather seems to be organized in a way that suggests a researcher's notebook. The notebook belongs to an amateur Flaubert scholar and seemingly curious individual, Geoffrey Braithwaite. Braithwaite is at first interested in determining the true parrot kept by Flaubert, but along the way he explores art, truths, language, and literature.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780679731368
Author:
Barnes, Julian
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
France
Subject:
Biographers
Subject:
Biographical fiction
Subject:
Literary historians
Subject:
Biographers -- France -- Fiction.
Subject:
France Fiction.
Subject:
Biographers -- Fiction.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage International (Paperback)
Series Volume:
2
Publication Date:
19901131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.03x5.22x.59 in. .46 lbs.

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