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THREE STORIES Gustave Flaubert
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Translation by Leon Stephens of TROIS CONTES by Gustave Flaubert. A small masterpiece, composed of three highly concentrated, poetic novellas, which in the perfection of its writing stands alongside... More > MADAME BOVARY and L'ÉDUCATION SENTIMENTALE.< Less
Gustave Flaubert Classics: Herodias
"Herodias" by Gustave Flaubert is a short story, part of the collection, Three Tales. "Herodias" is the retelling of the beheading of John the Baptist. It starts slightly before... More > the arrival of the Syrian governor, Vitellius. Herodias holds a huge birthday celebration for her second husband, Herod Antipas. Unknown to him, she has concocted a plan to behead John. According to Flaubert, this plan entails making her husband fall in love with her daughter, Salomé, leading to him promising her whatever she wants. Salomé, obviously in line with the instructions of her mother, will ask for John's head. Everything goes as planned. John has been repeatedly insulting the royals, so the king does not think long before granting Salomé's wish. The crowd gathered for the party waits anxiously while the executioner, Mannaeus, kills John. The story ends with some of John's disciples awaiting the Messiah.< Less
THE TEMPTATION OF SAINT ANTHONY Gustave Flaubert
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Translation by Leon Stephens of LA TENTATION DE SAINT ANTOINE by Gustave Flaubert. Flaubert described this unusual dialogue novel, written over a period of thirty years, as "the work of my... More > entire life".< Less
Gustave Flaubert Classics: Sentimental Education
The novel describes the life of a young man (Frederic Moreau) living through the revolution of 1848 and the founding of the Second French Empire, and his love for an older woman (based on the wife of... More > the music publisher Maurice Schlesinger, who is portrayed in the book as Jacques Arnoux). Flaubert based many of the protagonist's experiences (including the romantic passion) on his own life. He wrote of the work in 1864:
"I want to write the moral history of the men of my generation-- or, more accurately, the history of their feelings. It's a book about love, about passion; but passion such as can exist nowadays--that is to say, inactive."
The novel's tone is by turns ironic and pessimistic; it occasionally lampoons French society. The main character, Frédéric, often gives himself to romantic flights of fancy.< Less
Gustave Flaubert Classics: Bouvard and Pecuchet
Bouvard and Pecuchet by Gustave Plaubert details the adventures of two Parisian copy-clerks, François Denys Bartholomée Bouvard and Juste Romain Cyrille Pécuchet, of the same age... More > and nearly identical temperament. They meet one hot summer day in 1838 by the canal Saint-Martin and form an instant, symbiotic friendship. When Bouvard inherits a sizable fortune, the two decide to move to the countryside. They find a 94-acre property near the town of Chavignolles in Normandy, between Caen and Falaise, and 100 miles west of Rouen. Their search for intellectual stimulation leads them, over the course of years, to flounder through almost every branch of knowledge.< Less
Gustave Flaubert Classics: Madame Bovary
Madame Bovary takes place in provincial northern France, near the town of Rouen in Normandy. The story begins and ends with Charles Bovary, a stolid, kindhearted man without much ability or ambition.... More > As the novel opens, Charles is a shy, oddly dressed teenager arriving at a new school amidst the ridicule of his new classmates. Later, Charles struggles his way to a second-rate medical degree and becomes an officier de santé in the Public Health Service. His mother chooses a wife for him, an unpleasant but supposedly rich widow, and Charles sets out to build a practice in the village of Tostes (now Tôtes).
One day, Charles visits a local farm to set the owner's broken leg, and meets his client's daughter, Emma Rouault. Emma is a beautiful, daintily dressed young woman who has received a "good education" in a convent and who has a latent but powerful yearning for luxury and romance imbibed from the popular novels she has read.< Less
Gustave Flaubert Classics: The Temptation of St Antony
The Temptation of Saint Anthony is a book which the French author Gustave Flaubert spent practically his whole life fitfully working on, in three versions he completed in 1849, 1856 (extracts... More > published at the same time) and 1872 before publishing the final version in 1874. It takes as its subject the famous temptation faced by Saint Anthony the Great in the Egyptian desert, a theme often repeated in medieval and modern art.
It is written in the form of a play script. It details one night in the life of Anthony the Great where Anthony is faced with great temptations, and it was inspired by the painting, which he saw at the Balbi Palace in Genoa.< Less
Gustave Flaubert Classics: A Simple Soul
A Simple Soul by Gustave Flaubert is a classic short story which had earlier appeared in a collection of short stories by the author.
A Simple Soul revolves around the major character Madame... More > Aubain's servant Felicite. In the opening of the story readers are introduced to Madame Aubain who had married a young man who did not have much money.
The other housewives of Pont I’Eveque envied Madame Aubain who had a servant named Felicite. The servant performed all the household chores for the mistress. The story very beautifully reveals the contemporary French society and the relations between the neighbours and relatives. It is definitely the story which has the picturesque quality.< Less
Greatest Works of Gustave Flaubert: Madame Bovary, Salammbo, Sentimental Education, The Temptation of St. Antony, Three Tales & Bouvard and Pécuchet
The French writer Gustave Flaubert (1821–1880), was one of the greatest novelists in Western literature. Flaubert believed in the principle of finding "the right word", which he... More > considered as the key mean to achieve quality in literary art. He said that he spends his time "trying to write harmonious sentences, avoiding assonances." This collection, contains his best works, in their original editions: Madame Bovary, Salammbo, Sentimental Education, The Temptation of St. Antony, Three Tales (A Simple Heart, The Legend of San Julian, and Herodias) & Bouvard and Pécuchet.< Less
"And on the harbour, in the midst of the drays and casks, and in the streets, at the corners, the good folk opened large wonder-stricken eyes at this sight, so extraordinary in the provinces, a... More > cab with blinds drawn, and which appeared thus constantly shut more closely than a tomb, and tossing about like a vessel.
Once in the middle of the day, in the open country, just as the sun beat most fiercely against the old plated lanterns, a bared hand passed beneath the small blinds of yellow canvas, and threw out some scraps of paper that scattered in the wind, and farther off lighted like white butterflies on a field of red clover all in bloom.
At about six o'clock the carriage stopped in a back street of the Beauvoisine Quarter, and a woman got out, who walked with her veil down, and without turning her head..."< Less