Flaubert's Parrot, Paperback
4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction. Flaubert's Parrot deals with Flaubert, parrots, bears and railways; with our sense of the past and our sense of abroad; with France and England, life and art, sex and death, George Sand and Louise Colet, aesthetics and redcurrant jam; and with its enigmatic narrator, a retired English doctor, whose life and secrets are slowly revealed.

A compelling weave of fiction and imaginatively ordered fact, Flaubert's Parrot is by turns moving and entertaining, witty and scholarly, and a tour de force of seductive originality.




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This book is very meta. It's about art and what the work tells about the artist. It's about literary criticism and what it tells about the critic. It's about Flaubert's life. It's about a doctor and fanatic Flaubert lover coming to grips with his own life and his adulterous deceased wife.I have enjoyed other work of Barnes more than Flaubert's Parrot. It is very representative of his work (mixing short stories, literary criticism and journalism into a novel), but in the end, I don't care enough about Flaubert to really love this novel. Two chapters stand out for me and made this book well worth reading: 'Emma Bovary's Eyes', a rant by a fan against a harsh and careless critic, and especially 'Louise Colet's Version'.

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Very peculiar biography of Flaubert written by a retired English doctor, Geoffrey Braithwaite. The doctor per example notices that as well in the house of the writer as in the museum there is a parrot displayed, which is claimed to have been the source of inspiration for Flaubert in one of his novels. The doctor investigates which parrot really was on the desk of Flaubert ….Is a double biography, behind the biography of Flaubert, hides the biography of the doctor.+Magnificent, well written, funnyuniquegives envy to read the works of FlaubertConclusion:Phenomenal and quirky biography of Flaubert. To have

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