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L'Éducation sentimentale Based On Flaubert S Own Youthful Passion For An Older Woman, Sentimental Education Was Described By Its Author As The Moral History Of The Men Of My Generation It Follows The Amorous Adventures Of Frederic Moreau, A Law Student Who, Returning Home To Normandy From Paris, Notices Mme Arnoux, A Slender, Dark Woman Several Years Older Than Himself It Is The Beginning Of An Infatuation That Will Last A Lifetime He Befriends Her Husband, An Influential Businessman, And As Their Paths Cross And Re Cross Over The Years, Mme Arnoux Remains The Constant, Unattainable Love Of Moreau S Life Blending Love Story, Historical Authenticity, And Satire, Sentimental Education Is One Of The Great French Novels Of The Nineteenth Century.


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    This one is often described as the novel to end all novels and I understand why when you are reading it you say to yourself very frequently if this is what novels are like I am never going to read another one in my entire life From about page 50 until when I stopped, I was having these strong bibliocidal fantasies I thought maybe I will leave this accidentally on the bus to work But I forgot to forget it, like that country song Then I thought maybe a column of army ants will chomp it up so that not a shred remains But army ants are never seen in Nottingham, only the friendly variety who bid you good day as they pass by I tried to donate my copy to Oxfam but the shop assistant, having turned very pale when she saw the title, summoned up a courage I had not thought her to possess and said they could not accept that particular title When I asked why she referred me to the Oxfam standard operating procedures, something about health and safety, which includes of course mental health They had accepted copies of Sentimental Education in previous years but there had been some incidents and now all shops had been explicitly warned not to I see that many of my most respected GR friends hand out the big four and five stars to this novel and describe it as brilliantly comic I was trembling in my boots until I found that none other than Henry James was on my side Here is his considered opinion Here the form and method are the same as in Madame Bovary the studied skill, the science, the accumulation of material, are even striking but the book is in a single word a dead one Madame Bovary was spontaneous and sincere but to read its successor is, to the finer sense, like masticating ashes and sawdust L Education Sentimentale is elaborately and massively dreary That a novel should have a certain charm seems to us the most rudimentary of principles, and there is no charm in this laborious monument to a treacherous ideal than there is interest in a heap of gravel.However I did notice something what Henry James did not notice, and felt quite smug about that It is this that the main part of the plot of Sentimental Education is almost the same as the plot of Shampoo, the Warren Beattie movie from 1975, which I saw only last week so it was fresh in my memory In Shampoo, hairdresser George s former girlfriend Jackie now has a rich sugar daddy boyfriend Lester, whose wife Felicia is one of George s best customers Naturally George is shagging Felicia as it would seem unkind not to, and, because he keeps bumping into Jackie as they move in the same social circles, he realises he never wanted to break up with her so he starts shagging Jackie as well Then comes the really shocking scene Lester s daughter who I guess is supposed to be around 16 or so comes on to George when he s visiting Felicia And she is played by none other than 19 year old Carrie Fisher, two years before Princess Leia What a shock that was So in Sentimental Education Frederic, the world s most dreary young bachelor, wants to shag the wife of Monsieur Arnoux, a publisher And eventually this guy introduces Frederic to his mistress Roseanne who he s got fed up with, the idea being that Frederic will take her over, I suppose they used to do this in those days as they did not have Tinder So Frederic is nearly shagging the guy s wife and nearly shagging the guy s mistress at the same time Just like in Shampoo, except that George the hairdresser was a lot less dreary Also in Shampoo and Sentimental Education there are these long long long boring party scenes where I think the effect is supposed to be scintillatingly socially satirical I did not notice any specific Star Wars connections in Sentimental Education, but neither did Henry James.If I am ever taken hostage and this is the only reading material available in my rat infested dungeon then I will definitely finish this.


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    858 L ducation sentimentale Sentimental Education, Gustave FlaubertSentimental Education French L ducation sentimentale, 1869 is a novel by Gustave Flaubert Considered one of the most influential novels of the 19th century, it was praised by contemporaries such as George Sand and mile Zola, but criticised by Henry James The story focuses on the romantic life of a young man at the time of the French Revolution of 1848 2009 1380 632 9643056465 1385 1388 9789643056469 1389 19 1349 1395 241 9786004360555


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    As was the case with Madame Bovary, which I read recently, this book demanded to be commented on as I read, so I posted lots of quips and quotes in the updates.While searching for illustrations for those updates, I began to notice strong parallels between Flaubert s mid nineteenth century story and Honor Daumier s cartoons for French illustrated newspapers of the same period Finding so many amusing pairings between scenes in the book and Daumier s illustrations made reading this book a double pleasure.And since it s a busy time of the year, I m going to incorporate some of those updates into the review apologies to those of you who ve seen them already.L ducation sentimentale is set in the 1840s, and the political upheavals of those years are referenced constantly though they don t impinge as much as they might on the main character, Fr d ric Moreau Fr d ric is a law student who d like to be a writer, but he doesn t find it easy to study or write, so he leads the typical student life, sleeping, eating and drinking and enjoying the cartoons in the Charivari newspaper Fr d ric avala un verre de rhum, puis un verre de kirsch, puis un verre de cura ao, puis diff rents grogs, tant froids que chauds Il lut tout le journal, et le relut il examina, jusque dans les grains du papier, la caricature du Charivari la fin, il savait par coeur les annonces.But while Fr d ric spends time examining every detail of the cartoons and the advertisments in the Charivari, his friends are variously involved in preparing the revolt which will eventually depose King Louis Philippe in 1848 Fr d ric is not a revolutionary himself, in fact he s not sure what he is yet His male friends don t know either and they constantly pull him in different directions in an effort to find out Fr deric has women friends too, and one of them sounds a lot like Madame Bovary, from the top of her dark tresses which lovingly framed her ovale face to the toe of her little boot This Madame Bovary look alike is called Madame Arnoux, and she gradually becomes the key love interest in Fr deric s life, though she keeps herself in the background of the story And although she s a very faithful spouse to M Arnoux, she reminded me of Emma Bovary every time she swayed into a scene, especially when it was a question of her bottines Flaubert and Fr d ric seem to have a thing about slim leather clad feet peeping out from underneath the vastness of a crinoline And since Fr d ric had been studying the caricatures in the Charivari so closely, I began studying them too, especially the ones by Honor Daumier, and that s how I stumbled on so many parallels between Flaubert s scenarios and Daumier s sketches When Fr d ric accompanies Madame Arnoux on her shopping trips, it s hard not to imagine the scene like this, especially since Fr d ric is such a very flexible character The text underneath Daumier s sketch says that since women now wear skirts made of steel, men would need to be made of rubber to give them their arm in the street Daumier intends to be funny of course, and you might argue that Flaubert is being serious much of the time But even when Flaubert is describing something potentially sedate or serious, he makes me laugh So when I came on this description of the kind of elaborate curtsies people make in polite society, I couldn t help matching the passage with another Daumier cartoon Les invit s arrivaient en mani re de salut, ils jetaient leur torse de c t , ou se courbaient en deux, ou baissaient la figure seulementSometimes, I was convinced that Flaubert himself had been studying Daumier s cartoons before writing certain scenes because they just match together so well One of Fr d ric s least bright friends tries his hand at a witty remark about a French writer called La Bruy re, known for his book Les Caract res , while passing a plate of grouse coq de bruy re to his friends at table il tenta m me un calembour, car il dit, comme on passait un coq de bruy re, Voil le meilleur des caract res de bruy re And of course, Daumier just happens to have a witty cartoon about a grouse too At the same dinner, the Wit insults one of Fr d ric s women friends, and next thing he knows, Fr d ric is involved in a duel one of the funniest scenes in the book As the duel is about to begin, someone runs up to shout stop, and the Wit, thinking it s the police, faints in fear and scratches his thumb whereupon the duel is abandoned because blood has been spilled.Has Daumier such a scene But of course The I looked for correspondences between Flaubert s and Daumier s scenes, the I found Take this one for example, where Fr deric spots a crowd in front of a painting of a young woman he has become slightly involved with and discovers that the painting has his own name under it, F Moreau as the owner, of both the painting and the lady, it is implied And he s not even Rosanette s lover as yet Complications seem to follow him about Daumier just happens to have a drawing of some people in front of a painting of a young woman too and the name Moreau is associated with it But it s Gustave Moreau s Sphinx, view spoiler hide spoiler


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    L Education Sentimentale is well known to be one of Woody Allen s favourite books, and it explores one of Allen s favourite themes Whether life is a tragedy or a comedy depends on hair fine nuances Melinda and Melinda is probably the clearest example the perspective constantly, and rather confusingly, shifts back and forward between comedy and tragedy A bit later, he redid the idea in a convincing way, as the linked pair Match Point the tragedy and Scoop the comedy In the same spirit, here s a linked pair of reviews I wrote the tragic one first, but then felt that I really needed to balance it with a comic version.________________________Tragic reviewO Hamlet, speak no Thou turn st mine eyes into my very soul And there I see such black and grained spotsAs will not leave their tinct.I m afraid it s not exactly a fun beach read If L Education Sentimentale doesn t make you feel uneasy, you re either a remarkably secure person or you decided to quit before reaching the end And Flaubert does a good job of sneaking up on you for the first hundred pages or so, I felt it was one of those books where nothing was going to happen, and it wasn t until I was about halfway through that I really began to feel disquieted He s good.On the surface, it s unremarkable, except for the lovely prose Fr d ric is a stupid and shallow young man in 1840s France After a chance meeting on a boat, he conceives a passion for Mme Arnoux, a beautiful married woman He manages to insinuate himself into her husband s social circle, and becomes friendly with him After a while, M Arnoux trusts young Fr d ric enough that he introduces him to his mistress, the charming and scatterbrained Roseanette Fr d ric falls for her too, and then his romantic life becomes even complicated I ll try to avoid dropping any spoilers, but I thought I should convince you that it s definitely not a book where nothing happens as in Madame Bovary and Salammb , there s ample sex and violence So, why s it so disquieting One way to explain is to compare with two other novels, which were written not long after and certainly, at least in part, were inspired by it In Proust s Le C t de Guermantes, Marcel becomes as obsessed with the Duchesse de Guermantes as Fr d ric does with Mme Arnoux, but by the end of the novel he s got over her we get a detailed account of how her charm gradually fades away, so that he can finally see her objectively It s disappointing, but extremely rational And in Maupassant s Bel Ami, Georges Duroy cleverly exploits his series of mistresses to become rich and successful this time, you re shocked at how cold blooded he is, but it s also rational I thought at several points that Fr d ric was going to take one of these paths he doesn t The novel s extraordinary strength is to get inside his mind as he dithers between the various women he s involved with, and demonstrate how he simply isn t capable of any kind of rational thought whatsoever He s with X, and Flaubert shows with his usual exactitude how blissfully in love he is with her Then, a few pages later, he s with Y, and his protestations of eternal devotion don t come across as hypocritical much worse, they re sincere And, in the next chapter, with Z well, you get the picture It s horrifyingly well done.In the middle of all this, the Revolution of 1848 breaks out By the way if you re as ignorant about French history as I am, I strongly recommend getting an annotated edition Flaubert assumes you know the story already, and keeps referring to people and events I d never heard of I was flipping to the endnotes like I was reading Infinite Jest I did wonder for a moment what the politics had to do with the main story alas, that rapidly becomes clear too Like the eponymous hero of the Rabbit series, Fr d ric is constitutionally incapable of seeing past the end of his own dick The fact that France has been given a once in a century chance to establish a fairer and democratic government completely escapes him There is a magnificent sequence where a major event has occurred, and people are shooting at each other in the streets all Fr d ric can think about is the fact that he s missed an important date with one of his loved ones I was strongly reminded of the scene near the beginning of Shaun of the Dead, where Shaun, who s just been dumped by his girlfriend, stumbles home in a daze while somehow managing not to notice that London is being invaded by flesh eating zombies.You will gather that L Education Sentimentale does not present a positive and uplifting view of human nature If only it were ugly or hastily written, one could dismiss it But no as always with Flaubert, it s meticulously crafted and a delight to read A lot of the time, it s even funny You may occasionally want to fling it across the room often, you re going to react with a wry smile He s witty and entertaining I started with a quote from Hamlet, arguably one of the book s ancestors, and I ll conclude with one from Cat s Cradle, probably a great grandson, and also a very funny book Here s Kurt Vonnegut on the same subject.And I remembered The Fourteenth Book of Bokonon, which I had read in its entirety the night before The Fourteenth Book is entitled What Can a Thoughtful Man Hope for Mankind on Earth, Given the Experiences of the Past Million Years It doesn t take long to read The Fourteenth Book It consists of one word and a period.This is it Nothing ________________________Comic review Sex and the City theme tune CARRIE is lying across her bed typing industriously on her laptop CARRIE voiceover I read that over 60% of all American men cheat on their partners That s a lot of cheating It s happened to me It s happened to my best friends It may have happened to you And, the other day, I started wondering the title comes up as she speaks the words When Men Cheat On Their Partners, What Are They Really Thinking Dissolve to a trendy Manhattan restaurant CARRIE is sitting alone at a table set for four people, reading a paperback novel Camera zooms in to show the title, Sentimental Education CARRIE turns a page, and shakes her head reflectively Jeez CARRIE is so engrossed that she doesn t notice that CHARLOTTE, SAMANTHA and MIRANDA have arrived, and are looking at her curiously CHARLOTTE Good, isn t it CARRIE starts violently Uh yes So you ve read it too Don t tell me how it endsSAMANTHA checking to see how far CARRIE has got Oh, you re nearly finished You know, this reminds me of something that happened to Charlotte and me a few years ago She gives CHARLOTTE a teasing look You don t mind CHARLOTTE UmCARRIE voiceover Charlotte did mind, but Samantha steamrollered her.SAMANTHA steamrollering her Come on, babe, all ancient history now But we need some cocktails first To waiter Four Cosmopolitans CARRIE voiceover This was during Charlotte s first marriage, a period she doesn t like to talk about Her husband Jack was a lot older than her Montage CHARLOTTE S FIRST HUSBAND evidently doesn t take her seriously CARRIE voiceover Samantha hadn t yet discovered she had a talent for PR She was wondering if she would make it as an actress Montage SAMANTHA s movie roles don t require her to wear much CARRIE voiceover Samantha was also a close friend of Jack Montage JACK and SAMANTHA are having noisy sex Dissolve back to restaurant SAMANTHA smiles and pats CHARLOTTE on the arm Of course, Charlotte and I didn t know each other yet CARRIE voiceover Now Jack ran this publishing company He had a cute intern called Fred One day, Fred met Charlotte Dissolve back to the past Montage FRED, very young and innocent, meets CHARLOTTE He s obviously smitten CARRIE voiceover Fred had never seen anyone so beautiful in his life He immediately knew he could never love another woman But how could he meet her again FRED looks sad and pensive, then suddenly brightens up CARRIE voiceover Fred needed to get friendly with Jack Montage JACK is talking, FRED is hanging on his every word CARRIE voiceover Jack liked the attention He started inviting Fred to his dinner parties Montage Dinner party at JACK and CHARLOTTE s FRED gazes raptly at CHARLOTTE, while she ignores him CARRIE voiceover Jack had really got to trust Fred He started taking him to parties at Samantha s place too Montage A much wilder party FRED looks embarrassed, but is clearly eyeing up SAMANTHA CARRIE voiceover Pretty soon, Fred had fallen for Samantha as well Oh, and somewhere around here he went back to Wisconsin for a couple of months and managed to get engaged to the girl next door Montage FRED is with the adoring GIRL NEXT DOOR, who s even younger and innocent looking than he is Dissolve back to restaurant MIRANDA is struggling to keep up with the story MIRANDA So, uh, let me see, he can only love Charlotte but he s got the hots for Samantha and he s engaged to the girl next door CHARLOTTE looks like she wants to sink through the floor She takes a large sip of her cocktail SAMANTHA is having fun SAMANTHA to MIRANDA Don t worry, babe, it hasn t got complicated yet.CARRIE voiceover Fred made progress with Charlotte She let him hold her hand while she told him about her problems But that s all that happened Montage FRED and CHARLOTTE gaze soulfully into each other s eyes, go for walks hand in hand, pick flowers, etc CARRIE voiceover Obviously, Fred wanted He made a date with Charlotte at the New York apartment he d just started renting This was going to be it Montage FRED, in an agony of suspense, is waiting outside the apartment block He keeps looking at his watch CARRIE voiceover Unfortunately, the date was September 11, 2001 Montage The Twin Towers erupt in flames People screaming in the streets FRED is still looking at his watch as they stream past CARRIE voiceover Fred was so angry with Charlotte for not turning up He went to see Samantha Montage FRED and SAMANTHA are having sex Dissolve back to restaurant SAMANTHA elaborate shrug Well, I needed a fuck pretty bad.CARRIE voiceover Fred liked being with Samantha But deep down, he never forgave her for making him betray his true love He started seeing someone else, the wife of a rich banker Montage FRED is having sex with RICH BANKER WIFE Back to restaurant MIRANDA completely lost So, he s sleeping with you and the banker s wife because he can t be with his true love And what s with the fianc e SAMANTHA large sip of cocktail That s it, babe He thought it was my fault, and the banker s wife s fault And maybe the fianc e s fault too, but I was never quite sure about that Of course, it all ended in tears Montage SEVERAL WOMEN are yelling at FRED, throwing things, etc SAMANTHA back in restaurant Your friend Stanford told Charlotte and me we should read Sentimental Education He was right It s just uncanny Flaubert is a bit of an asshole, but he sure spills the beans on how men think when they cheat It helped putting an arm around CHARLOTTE And somehow, Charlotte and I ended up friends Sorry babe She drains her glass CHARLOTTE drains hers and hugs her back There are tears in her eyes CARRIE voiceover I swear, I d become a lesbian if I didn t like cock so much And I wish I d read Flaubert earlier Theme music, credits


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    A sentimental education means your first love, and if Fr d ric s not careful he isn t going to learn shit from it He s an aimless, pointless little man, slowly failing to do anything whatsoever with his life He s in love with his friend s wife, and you sortof wish they d bang just so we d all have something to watch The story or the plot of a novel is quite indifferent to me, though, Flaubert said He wanted real life He s the champion of realism, the late 1800s movement away from moral lessons and towards the real world It s brilliant in Madame Bovary, his first novel By the time he finished Sentimental Education 12 years later in 1862 he seems to have remembered something crucial about the real world its plot is a fucking mess.Fr d ric hems and haws about Madame Arnoux, while having affairs with a trio of other women a courtesan, the girl next door, a different friend s wife They have varying levels of intensity and consummation, from one to.maybe six Fr d ric doesn t go all the way to ten Will he get anything going with Madame Arnoux Certainly not if he s the one who has to do it He can t even get a job You hear merciless about Flaubert a lot, and I appreciate the mercilessness of this picture There are a lot of dudes like Fr d ric in the world, these Cabbage Patch AirPod holders, and Flaubert s not going to let any of them get away with it But this is a book Henry James thought was boring Called it a curiosity for a literary museum Let that sink in for a minute, right Henry James If you re boring Henry James, you have a real problem I couldn t keep any of the male characters straight The character arc is like dropped spaghetti And when Flaubert decided to write about the real world, he meant the real world, like not just what actually happens but what actually happened, and that means you re getting the intricate details of the Insurrection of June 1848, which isn t even France s best revolution.This isn t France s best novel about idle rich idiots fucking each other s spouses, either That s Dangerous Liaisons by a mile It has its moments, but mostly it feels as aimless as Fr d ric As aimless as real life, even, and if I wanted that I wouldn t be reading a book, would I


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    An exhausting thrill ride through the zany world of womanising socialite Fr d ric, or for the first 300 pages, at least wannabe womanising socialite Fr d ric Because Fr d ric can t make it happen with his mate Arnoux s missus, nor his mate Arnoux s mistress, this frustration is the bane of his existence as he falls in and out of money, society and love Against the backdrop of the 1848 Paris uprising this novel heaves with ornate descriptive grandeur, political commentary and violence, a frenetic comic energy, and love triangles than the HMS Hefner in Bermuda A classic that delights, frustrates, amuses and teases in equal measure what could you ask for Sex Well, there s no sex You have sex on the brain, you do Take a cold shower.


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    . 1840 1848


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    Floberovo Sentimentalno vaspitanje je knjiga koja po inje u ranoj mladosti, a zavr ava se u ranoj starosti jednog pametnog, ali previ e ose ajnog Francuza sa umetni kim senzibilitetom, Frederika Moroa, na ijem primeru se pokazuje i kako ne tako surove ivotne okolnosti izuzimaju i Revoluciju koja je na nivou epizodnog lika u o ima Frederika vrlo lako mogu da ubu ave mladala ke snove i ambicije Istina, Frederik nije ba nevina rtva nije da se ne anga uje u cilju te propasti, sve i da je taj anga man nekakava samopovodljivost ni za im, gotovo strastvena ambivalentnost da, sve paradoksi , on lebdi iznad i izvan ivota, menjaju i stvarnost za iluzije a iluzije za ivot Na kraju nema lekcije, a mi nemamo ose aj kru enja po istoj putanji.Frederik je od onih likova koji, naizgled, sve rade pogre no, ali za ije postupke ne nalazite alternativu u tom smislu, roman je hermeti ki zatvoren Svakako me u najzanimljivijim knji evnim likovima za koje znam.Iako je glavni motiv momenat iz Floberove biografije tako e celo ivotna ljubav prema jednoj eni, u roman su uklopljene jo 3, koje Ingrid afanek poredi sa 4 elementa koja bi mogla da ine nekakvu celinu Frederikovih potreba Pogre no bi bilo sklapati od njih idealnu jednu, to nije namera Ovo nije ljubavni roman, makar ne u mom shvatanju Pre bih ga svrstala u grupu onih to postavljaju pitanje ta bismo menjali kad bismo iveli u svetu najboljem od svih.Ka u da je Flober hteo da prika e izgubljenost svoje generacije, ali se namestilo da su i potonje izgubljene u sli noj meri i na sli an na in, pa mu je vanvremenost do la gratis Dodu e, sa zaka njenjem, budu i da ni kritiku ni publiku Sentimentalno vaspitanje nije fasciniralo Ali jeste D ojsa, Hamsuna, Prusta, Kafku koji se nije odvajao od francuskog izdanja ove knjige.Struktura romana, jezik i stil su ne to o emu ne treba govoriti sumnjam da i ta mo e biti toliko sivo i gorko u toj koli ini sjaja i slatko e.Velika preporuka


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    Finished What an achievement Writing it, not reading it I marvel that he has written a book with no character for which one could have a shred of sympathy and yet somehow we sit there caring what happens I mean, really caring, reading through breakfast caring.I kept thinking of The Great Gatsby when Nick says to Jay They re a rotten crowdYou re worth the whole damn bunch put together and isn t that what makes the book work, that there is somebody worthy of our caring But here there isn t one character to redeem the story and yet, even so, even though they are rotten without exception, still Flaubert gets you to care Amazing.And then again, I marvel that the book is a complete shambles The rest is here..http alittleteaalittlechat.wordpres


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