Flaubert's Parrot


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Geoffrey Braithwaite is a retired doctor haunted by an obsession with the great French literary genius, Gustave Flaubert. As Geoffrey investigates the mystery of the stuffed parrot Flaubert borrowed from the Museum of Rouen to help research one of his novels, we learn an enormous amount about the writer's work, family, lovers, thought processes, health and obsessions. But we also gradually come to learn some important and shocking details about Geoffrey and his own life.

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Sep 17, 2009

TOTALLY A MUST READ!!!! Best book I've read in months, maybe years


May 16, 2007

Clever and Fun

I picked up this slim volume after being extremely impressed by Barnes' "Arthur & George." "Flaubert's Parrot" is one of those books that always seems to come up in conversation, but for one reason or another I never got around to reading.
Well, now I'm glad that I did. In a lesser author's hands, this meditation of Flaubert, art, life and literature could have ended up reading like unbearably pretentious drivel, but Barnes is a true master.
The book left me hungry for more Barnes and I think I might even go back and re-read Madame Bovary.

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