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Novembre

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  319 ratings  ·  32 reviews
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 d
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Published August 1st 2000 by Livre de Poche (first published 1842)
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Alex Flynn

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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Leslie-ann
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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Rachel
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
W.B.
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.
Cody
"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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Syringa Smyrna
« 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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Esteban Gordon
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
Emily
I didn't enjoy this novella, but am glad I read it because I like Flaubert. He was only 20 when he wrote it and the youthful melancholy is well expressed. But ultimately the metaphors are too much and the Narrator just annoyed me. Perhaps the narrator is depressed or just spoiled. My opinion is still up in the air because I don't care enough about him to decide.
Clavícula
Porque hasta los grandes padecieron de la angustia adolescente y de visiones extremas. Una lectura cargada (cargadísima) de epítetos y adjetivos, pero con la que casi cualquiera que haya sido adolescente se reconocerá.
Patrick
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
Christian Kiefer
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
jeremy
"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
Nemanja
Mladalačka melanholija i čovekov prezir prema svom sutonu. Sladostrasno heh.

"Zar se tvoje nade ne podudaraju sa mojim gnušanjem?"

Neslihan Elagöz
Bu ne anlatiyo amk dedigim bi kitap oldu
John Pappas
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
Wendy
The edition I own is translated by Frank Jellinek, I read Madame Bovary translated by a different translatory...his/her name escapes me. I throughly enjoyed Madame Bovary and squealed with delight when I found this title at a used book store.

Unfortunetly, I am selling it back to that same bookstore. The langage is so flowery and sickenly sweet that I can't get past the first six pages.
stacey
Feb 07, 2007 stacey rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who want a challenge
Shelves: fiction
This is not a great book although it is interesting. This Gustave Flaubert's first novel which was written when he was 21. It is rambling and difficult to follow and oftentimes you wonder "Does this novel actually have a point?" Maybe not, but it smacks of a very rough draft of Madame Bovary and for that, it is worth the read so that you can see the progression.
Tamara
The story is a bit depressing, but I like Flaubert's writing and I enjoy a pessimistic book once in a while. You can sort of tell that he wrote this at a young age, there were some parts that didn't really fit in with the story, in my opinion, but the section of the book in which Marie's life is presented is truly fantastic. All in all, I enjoyed it.
aya
I imagine if I had read this in my teenage years or even early 20s, this book would have spoken to me in a way that it cannot now. The innocent and adolescent yearning and idealization of love, a desire to be consumed completely but to not know by what... Desire flung into an unknown haze, the belief that it will be all-consuming and pure.
Isabel Martinez nuño
demasiada paja... mucha descripción, mucho lamento. con razón nunca lo publicó... me gustó la parte en la que conoce a Marie, pero me hubiera gustado leer la conclusión del autor, darle un fin a esa historia, sin divagar tanto.
wigwam
The third section, the proto-Bovary part, is just so-so but the first two parts are beautiful writing. I think he's so talented that he's better accidently than when he's supposedly overthought it. Like if he was a band I'd be more into his live jams than the studio albums.
Vladana Perlić
Uznemirujuće je koliko se pronalazim u liku naratora.
Anthony
Dec 05, 2012 Anthony marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I really like this book i think it is interesting and fun. i like exploring new books and learning about new words and charcters in diffrent books.
Greg
He takes the first fifty pages to tell you what you could have learned in five. It's an early novel and it shows.
Sadie
Kad kniga pocne tako dobro da niste sigurni moze li se ostatak mjeriti s tih prvih par recenica....
Dina
Wasted, empty lives... When hungry hearts don't ever find what they were eagerly awaiting.
Eric Gulliver
Flaubert finished this piece before he was twenty. "...what dreams may come."
Steven Felicelli
interesting to see the workings of the mind of the formative Flaubert
Aparnaa
Interesting to read one of Flaubert's early works.
Delphine
Apr 18, 2007 Delphine marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
halfway finished, halfway liked
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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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