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An intense, passionate, and profoundly moving work, Flaubert's November explores the notions of desire and longing to most remarkable effect. Wrestling with the agony of loneliness, a young man withdraws deeper into himself, believing he has now reached the autumn of his life. His increasing hopelessness gives way to a yearning for romance—surely the love of a woman can de ...more
Paperback, 106 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by Hesperus Press (first published 1842)
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Ilse
Jan 15, 2015 Ilse rated it really liked it
Shelves: france
Chaque minute de ma vie se trouve tout à coup séparée de l'autre par un abîme, entre hier et aujourd'hui il y a pour moi une éternité qui m'épouvante, chaque jour il me semble que je n'étais pas si misérable la veille et, sans pouvoir dire ce que j'avais de plus, je sens bien que je m'appauvris et que l'heure qui arrive m'emporte quelque chose, étonné seulement d'avoir encore dans le coeur place pour la souffrance ; mais le coeur de l'homme est inépuisable pour la tristesse : un ou deux bonheurs ...more
Florencia
Jan 19, 2016 Florencia rated it really liked it
Shelves: french
Maybe happiness too is a metaphor invented on a day of boredom.
BlueBird
Apr 07, 2015 BlueBird rated it really liked it
"Bio sam, dakle, ono sto ste vi svi, covek koji zivi, koji spava, koji jede, koji pije, koji place, koji se smeje, koji se sasvim povukao u sebe i koji uvek iznova nalazi u sebi, kud god da krene, iste rusevine nada, koje se ruse cim se podignu, istu prasinu smrvljenih stvari, iste staze, hiljadu puta obilazene, iste neistrazene, stravicne i dosadne dubine. Niste li poput mene umorni od toga sto se budite svakog jutra i sto opet vidite sunce, umorni da zivite uvek istim zivotom, da patite od ist ...more
Nesrazmerni
Feb 15, 2016 Nesrazmerni rated it it was amazing
Pet zvezdica zbog Floberovog stila i pronalaženja sebe skoro u svakoj rečenici priče.
Ovo je brutalna ispovest jednog mladića. Flober zaranja u svoje najdublje i najiskrenije predele svog srca i svoje ličnosti i o njima govori sasvim iskreno. Usled nemogućnosti da pronađe ljubav "dostojnu sebe samog" on luta svetom i u svemu nalazi privremen mir iz kojeg kasnije proizlaze dosada i očaj.
Uporedo sa svojim lutanjima Flober nailazi na Mariju, svoju prvu ljubavnicu, koja poput njega ne uspeva da pro
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Leslie-ann
Jan 07, 2011 Leslie-ann rated it really liked it
I love this book. As I read it, I was constantly reminded of my favorite poem:

what would you do
if all the lovers of your years
passed by at midnight
dressed in the flesh
they wore when you
last loved them?
what do I do?
what do I say?
I loved you then,
I touch you now
with all the glow
you left in the palm of my hands.

Robin Blaser (1925-2009)


Although it appears the discovery of sexuality, love, and passion is at the forefront of the book--it is much more than that. It is about the human condition--it is
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ilknur a.k.a. iko ◬
bi kere zaten benim, -çoğunlukla- beni anlatan kitapları aldığımı biliyoruz artık geçiyorum. evet, kitapta bana ait olmaması mümkün bir kısım, cümle ve ya nokta bile yok. (haz konusu belki bende daha hafif ve daha farklı açıdan, ama temel aynı)

yani böyle güzel bi kitap yok! ama nasıl güzel, nasıl fevkalade, nasıl müthiş bir eser; böyle bir tesir etme, böyle bir sarsma, böyle bir nüfuz etme yok! ayaklarımın altındaki zemin kaydı.

sadece kitapta "ben" vardı diye demiyorum. hakikaten muhteşem. Flaub
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Elizabeth (Alaska)
Everywhere it is said that Madame Bovary is Flaubert's first novel. This book is 15 years earlier than Bovary. It is fiction, but doesn't quite conform to the notion of a novel. It was written when Flaubert was just 20 years old, but is written from the perspective of an old man who remembers his youth. Four pages in, he begins to recount his thoughts when attending the circus.
Those were the first women I ever loved. My mind would whip itself into a frenzy thinking about those strange-shaped th
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*Marija*
Nov 30, 2016 *Marija* rated it really liked it
Opis doživljaja sveta i ljubavi je divan i skoro se savršeno slaže sa mojim doživljajem. Prelepo.

Kasnije se ne pronalazim toliko...

"Rekao sam vam da sam voleo sunce; onih dana kada sija, u mojoj je duši još do nedavno bilo nečeg od one vedrine blistavih horizonata i nebeskih visina."

"O, na kolika su me putovanja navele kutije od čaja."
Alex Flynn
Oct 28, 2011 Alex Flynn rated it really liked it

I've had a chance to reread the book. I must admit I skimmed the ending the first time, but finding myself on a train, I had the chance to read it more thoroughly. I also read the introduction which informed me that this was written when he was 20. Not quite juvenalia but not quite fully developed work. I found some of it to be to directionless, including long passages about all the places in the world the character would like to visit, and a sort-of afterwords about his miserable life. The true
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Ana Dajić
"Ali zar i sreća nije isto tako jedna metafora izmišljena jednog dana punog dosade?"
Valérie KC
«Je rêvais la douleur des poètes, je pleurais avec eux leurs larmes les plus belles, je les sentais jusqu’au fond du cœur, j’en étais pénétré, navré, il me semblait parfois que l’enthousiasme qu’ils me donnaient me faisait leur égal et me montait jusqu’à eux ; des pages, où d’autres restaient froids, me transportaient, me donnaient une fureur de pythonisse, je m’en ravageais l’esprit à plaisir, je me les récitais au bord de la mer, ou bien j’allais, la tête baissée, marchant dans l’herbe, me les ...more
Dalibor Vasić
Mar 17, 2015 Dalibor Vasić rated it it was amazing
'ljudsko srce je neiscrpno za tugu; jedna ili dve srece ispune ga potpuno, sve nevolje citavog covecanstva mogu tu da zakazu sastanak i da u njemu zive kao gosti'
Cody
Oct 17, 2010 Cody rated it liked it
"Flaubert horny, Michael." cool to see lil this weird lil horndog try to sort out his feelings about babes. goodluck flowbert i hope you find the nooknook you deserve

there is something quite dreadful about an ugly person; from a distance he fills you with horror, and from close up with disgust; when he speaks, you suffer; if he weeps, his tears irritate you; you feel like beating him up when he laughs and, in silence, his motionless face strikes you as the seat of every vice and every base insti
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Rachel
Jul 25, 2011 Rachel rated it liked it
Do not be put off by the adolescent objectification practiced by the narrator in the beginning of this novella, as he gazes obsessively at each woman he encounters - this is a profoundly moral book, in all its youth and naivete, a book about people searching for a mutual experience of sexual pleasure, freely and enthusiastically chosen. Behind its romanticism and overwrought language, it is a scathing condemnation of all sexual relations involving coercion, all the ways in which the women of Fla ...more
Princess78
Feb 15, 2017 Princess78 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Iako u djelu pisac navodi da je roman Novembar ustvari intimna priča njegovog prijatelja, poznanika koji je o svojim egzistencijalnim krizama vodio zabilješke, ipak mnogo toga upućuje da je djelo autobiografsko.

"Zar vas nije zamorilo kao što je mene da se svakog jutra budite i opet vidite sunce? Da živite istim životom, da podnosite iste boli? Zar vas nisu zamorile želje i prezasićenost? Čekanje i to što svega imate? "

" Teško skupljačici klasja koja ostavi posao i podigne glavu da vidi kako širo
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W.B.
Jun 16, 2008 W.B. rated it liked it
I don't have this edition. I have an edition from the 1960s...really nicely designed volume. Not the same translator. It's an early work that was published posthumously, but I think he refashioned it somewhat near the end of his life. It's not his best work, but hey it's Flaubert. So you know there are going to be many memorable thoughts and images. And there are.
ZaRi
Are the days of winter sunshine just as sad for you, too? When it is misty, in the evenings, and I am out walking by myself, it seems to me that the rain is falling through my heart and causing it to crumble into ruins.
M.
Nov 12, 2014 M. rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-books
97 sayfalık kitabı 24 gün süründürecek kadar ne yaşadım, bilemiyorum. Yazarın cümleleri evirip çevirişini sevsem de uzun süre katlanamadım.
Syringa Smyrna
May 07, 2013 Syringa Smyrna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: français
« J’aime l’automne, cette triste saison va bien aux souvenirs. Quand les arbres n’ont plus de feuilles, quand le ciel conserve encore au crépuscule la teinte rousse qui dore l’herbe fanée, il est doux de regarder s’éteindre tout ce qui naguère brûlait en vous. »

« La puberté du cœur précède celle du corps ; or j’avais plus besoin d’aimer que de jouir, plus envie de l’amour que de la volupté. »

« Il y a un âge, vous le rappelez-vous, lecteurs ? où l’on sourit vaguement, comme s’il y avait des baise
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Omar Prata
Jan 26, 2017 Omar Prata rated it it was amazing
Não há palavras para descrever tamanha obra. Foi uma batalha longa, desgastei
horas e dias, inclusive anos, não porque eram muitas páginas, não porque fosse difícil, mas sim porque era como se me reconhecesse, o que me assustava, fazia com que não quisesse me ver ao espelho.

O mundo nos detalhes, nas descrições.
Nas histórias das personagens, para além
da paisagem demonstrada.

Esta era uma experiência que quereria repetir, transcendera qualquer visão que tivera tido ou lido.

E uma coisa era certa
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Etienne Mahieux
Flaubert a vingt ans et l'épaisseur du trait quand il rédige cette "ratatouille sentimentale" [sic] qui a titre "Novembre" et qui ne paraîtra qu'après sa mort (tu n'avais qu'à détruire tous les manuscrits, Gustave !)
On voit assez ce qui justifie cette qualification culinaire, ce qui permettrait de condamner "Novembre". Les trente premières pages de cette longue nouvelle sont une sorte de déploration, pour ne pas dire de jérémiade, aussi longue à elle toute seule que tout "René". Le protagoniste
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Hannah Read
This week's challenge was 'historical romance'. I'm not one for historical books, and so I went for the shortest one I could find but, as it turns out, I actually really enjoyed reading this. I read the foreword and the introduction first, both written long after by separate people, and I found this helped a lot with digesting the book - I can imagine, with no prior understanding, that it might be easy to misinterpret the point of the novel otherwise.

November, written by Gustave Flaubert, is a s
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Steve Gordon
Mar 18, 2012 Steve Gordon rated it really liked it
A nice wee novel essentially broken into three parts. First part - teen angst - definitely written by a 20 year old man child. But the next two parts? Very impressive. In fact, I found it at times to rival Flaubert's mature work. It also reminded me at times of Herman Hesse in Demian and Steppenwolf... but perhaps because I just recently read them. Perhaps not. "I saw other men live, but theirs was a life apart from mine: some believed, others denied, others doubted, others did not trouble about ...more
Ivan Damjanović
Apr 07, 2016 Ivan Damjanović rated it it was ok
Jedna od onih za koje sam prije čitanja čuo/pročitao neke hvalospjeve - koji su loše urodili u mojoj recepciji.
Ispovijest je to, više manje, egocentričnog egotripa/ mekušca bez čvrstih stavova ("2 ruke, 2 noge i nezahvalan") koji egzistira između spleena i zanosa (ideala) (Baudelaireov ’koncept’, jasno). Prevladava patetika. Gotovo čisti romantizam: weltschmerz, wannabe byronizam, sanjarenje o egzotičnim krajevima, izgubljena ljubav.
Uostalom, ima tu i dobrih dijelova, a možda sam i pročitao usta
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Christian Kiefer
Apr 13, 2013 Christian Kiefer rated it liked it
Overwritten to an amazing degree, but then GF throws a wrench in the works toward the end, shifting out of the first person, self-absorbed narrator's voice and into another, 3rd person voice, talking directly to the reader about the rest of the character's life, how overwrought and sad he was as a man, and so on. This kind of shift is also seen in McEwan's amazing On Chesil Beach and it is this shift in POV that makes GF so great (he does something simliar in Bovary, opening in plural first pers ...more
Patrick
Nov 09, 2013 Patrick rated it did not like it
Apparently this was Flaubert's first novel, and it shows. The first four-fifths are filled with overwrought prose, pretentious twaddle about the noble loneliness and romantic nature of the adolescent narrator. The book only comes to life, and a little emotional truth seeps out, in the narrator's description of two encounters with a prostitute; unfortunately, Flaubert has the prostitute speak just like the narrator, with more overwrought, false prose. At the end, Flaubert switches from first pers ...more
Azra
Dec 15, 2016 Azra rated it it was amazing
Fenomenalna i očaravajuća...
"Kako je sve to daleko! Da li sam živeo u to doba? Jesam li to zaista bio ja?
Jesam li ovo sada ja? Čitav ponor odjednom odvaja svaki pojedini trenutak
moga života od ostalih, između juče i danas postoji za mene večnost koja me
užasava, svakoga dana mi se čini da sam jadniji nego što sam bio pre toga, lepo
osećam kako osiromašujem i kako mi čas koji nastupa odnosi nešto, samo se
čudim da u mome srcu još ima mesta za patnju; ali ljudsko srce je neiscrpno za
tugu: jedna ili d
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jeremy
Jan 19, 2008 jeremy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: translation, fiction
"i dreamed out the grief of the poets, i wept with them their most beautiful tears, i felt them in the utmost depths of my heart, i was rent, torn by them, and i sometimes thought that the enthusiasm i felt for them made me their equal, raised me to their height. pages that left others cold filled me with ecstasy, with a sibylline fury; wantonly i submitted my heart again to their ravishment, i recited them beside the sea, or said them over to myself as i walked with bent head through the grass, ...more
John Pappas
Jul 27, 2011 John Pappas rated it it was amazing
Flaubert captures the restlessness of adolescence with all of its contradictions -- the mix of self-effacement and self-aggrandizement, the mania and the boredom, the feeling that everything is possible and the feeling that nothing will ever change -- through this portrayal of an unnamed narrator's first love affair with an older prostitute named Marie. As the narrator reaches the autumn of his life, he reflects back upon his initiation into the world of passion and what he has gained and lost s ...more
Chualchubin
Jul 30, 2016 Chualchubin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maravillosa.
He sentido una conexión brutal con el narrador, era como si escribiese lo que yo estaba pesando, diciéndome verdades que no me atravía decirme a mí misma.
Una novela perfecta para leer en etapa de transición. Grandes toques pesimistas, aunque preciosa y muy sensible.

"He saboreado detenidamente mi vida perdida. He admitido con gozo que mi juventud ya se ha extinguido, pues es una alegría sentir que el frío penetra en el corazón y podemos decir: <>"

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Gustave Flaubert (December 12, 1821 – May 8, 1880) is counted among the greatest Western novelists. He was born in Rouen, Seine-Maritime, in the Haute-Normandie Region of France.

Flaubert's curious modes of composition favored and were emphasized by these peculiarities. He worked in sullen solitude, sometimes occupying a week in the completion of one page, never satisfied with what he had composed,
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