Sentimental Education

Sentimental Education

Book - 1964
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Frederic Moreau, a moderately gifted young provincial, is ambitious in many ways: he dreams of fame, of vast wealth, of literary and artistic achievement, of a grand passion. On the Paris paddle-steamer which transports him to his home town of Nogent-sur-Seine at the outset of the novel, he becomes transfixed by the demure Madame Arnoux and, back in Paris, cultivates her ebullient and enterprising husband in order to be near her. Frederic's devotion fluctuates like his other enthusiasms, and he is caught up in the intense pleasures and the inevitable ennuis of Parisian life.
Publisher: Baltimore : Penguin Books, 1964
ISBN: 9780140441413
Characteristics: 429 p. ; 18 cm
Call Number: FLAUBERT, G


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Dec 23, 2013

Gustave Flaubert will always be identified with his classic of infidelity and female unhappiness, "Madame Bovary," but his second, much less famous novel is perhaps more interesting and provocative. He was one of the first novelists to avoid easy answers and pat morals, as well as one of the first to dissect the bourgeoisie and to offer up an alienated hero (or anti-hero in this case). Set during the Revolution of 1848, this novel feels boldly modern and, despite its title, there is nothing sentimental about it. A key novel of the 19th century.


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