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Un cœur simple --
La legende de Saint Julien L'Hospitalier --
Paperback, 101 pages
Published November 29th 2006 by Elibron (first published 1876)
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Ever wondered if stark realities of life were humans, how would they converse? What would death reveal to Satan which may surprise agony? What may joy surmise on pain that might recall God's support? What might greed and insanity bring to table worthy of discussion in peace's eyes? Where would loyalty stand should all others be permitted to share the same house?

Flaubert embarks on a bold journey, by giving voice to these very boundless giants and drawing a territory around them by erecting three

JOHN CLEESE: I would like to register a complaint about this parrot, what I read about not half an hour ago in a Flaubert short story.

MICHAEL PALIN: Oh yeah? What's wrong wiv it?

CLEESE: I'll tell you what's wrong with it, my good man. It's representing the Holy Ghost, that's what's wrong with it.

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This collection of longish short stories is Gustave Flaubert's take on saints' lives. The stories go chronologically back in time from 19th century France, to the Middle Ages, to the New Testament. This may be surprising from an author who wrote about people with less than moral lives and who was well known for being critical of the Catholicism of his time. However, the three stories contained in this book are brilliant.

The first story, "Un coeur simple" (A Simple Heart), is about a saint who is
Oct 19, 2014 Hadrian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french, fiction
Two masterpieces out of three isn't bad.

OK, maybe I'm being a bit unfair to ol' Gus. But The Simple Life and the story about the Knight Hospitaler are just beautiful little pieces and I adore them. Then the John the Baptist story seems mediocre by comparison, like a watered-down Salammbo. Ah well. Two brilliant tales are more than many of us could ever hope for.
MJ Nicholls
I have the fire department coming around later for a lecture on electrical safety. Apparently, my unplugging policy needs revising. For fifteen years of my life, I never unplugged a single plug (even in multisockets) and encountered no raging conflagrations in my boudoir (except in the bed—wink wink). But now everyone’s telling me what a buffoon I was! That you must ALWAYS unplug your appliances at night in case spontaneous friction occurs and the whole neighbourhood burns to a crisp! So, lookin ...more
Jul 20, 2015 Evandro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A escrita de Flaubert, à primeira vista, parece mera listagem incessante de acontecimentos. Mas isso é um equívoco. Logo percebemos que, quase magicamente, os acontecimentos apresentados formam um ambiente povoado de sentimentos, valores, sensações, vida enfim. Como, de resto, acontece na realidade! Não se trata exatamente de um equívoco, portanto. É verdade, sim, que o estilo do autor é o da sucessão quase vertiginosa de acontecimentos e atos, colados com algumas pequenas descrições de lugares ...more
Charles Dee Mitchell

Flaubert tells the lives of three saints in styles suited to their times yet always unmistakably his own. He relates the story of Felicite, an illiterate servant loyal for her lifetime to her undeserving mistress. The nineteenth century French countryside Flaubert made his own in Madame Bovary provides the setting and his analytic but never condescending prose produces a realist masterpiece. For the medieval story of St Julian Hospitaller, Flaubert creates his own version of a tale from The Gold
Vanessa Wu
Sep 18, 2011 Vanessa Wu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Flaubert is a rather cruel and beautiful writer who fascinates me. In these three stories you can find little morsels of his life's great preoccupations, which he developed further in his novels.

In Un Coeur Simple (a simple heart), his subject is a selfless and stupid peasant woman. For Flaubert it was a great intellectual and aesthetic challenge to shape something of enduring beauty from the rough material of the everyday and the banal. It was a challenge he was to pursue with obsessive tenacit
A Simple Heart is a naturalistic story in the style of Madame Bovary, but perhaps told with more kindness towards the protagonist (though personally I think Flaubert was pretty kind to Emma anyway). It was quite lovely, but I don't think it succeeded as well as Emma because it was shorter and its subject less morally suspect. Though that implies that the reason Emma is so good is because of its sensational aspect, which is not true. It's the way he deals with someone behaving so... strangely? (w ...more
Mar 15, 2010 Cynthia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was surprised at the number of biblical references in these stories though I probably shouldn’t have been given Flaubert’s time and place. He lived in a Catholic country during a religious era. I’ve read lots of contemporaneous Victorian fiction and though the Brits throw in many bible tie Flaubert out does them. In ‘A Simple Heart’ Felicite is goodness incarnate seeking only to love without seeming to need anything more than an other for which to care. She’ll even settle for inanimate objects ...more
Nguyễn Hoàng Vũ
Đọc xong mới hiểu tại sao "Một tấm lòng chất phác" được dịch từ lâu, còn hai truyện kia bây giờ mới dịch.
May 04, 2014 Yann rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: xixème, france, fiction
Alors le Lépreux l'étreignit; et ses yeux tout à coup prirent une clarté d'étoiles; ses cheveux s'allongèrent comme les rais du soleil; le souffle de ses narines avait la douceur des roses; un nuage d'encens s'éleva du foyer, les flots chantaient. Cependant une abondance de délices, une joie surhumaine descendait comme inondation dans l'âme de Julien pâmé; et celui dont les bras le servaient toujours grandissait, grandissait, touchant de sa tête et de ses pieds les deux murs de la cabane. Le toi ...more
Apr 24, 2008 Raymund rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Flaubert's narrative is absolutely incredible. His attention to the details of a life, his attention to the details of a story give so much weight to the character in these stories. You know and understand Felicite so well in a "Simple Heart" and you know so well what she has gone through in life as well as the fact that you know what ends are in store for her but you will cry anyway, and I do not believe that my tears were for sentiment alone. Or in other words, not for my experiences that may ...more
Aug 11, 2014 Guido rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: racconti, francia
Non so se riuscirò mai a capire fino in fondo Flaubert - mi piace leggerlo, adoro il suo stile; ma non riesco ad apprezzare allo stesso modo le sue storie. Era accaduto, in parte, con Madame Bovary (comunque bellissimo, che spero di rileggere presto); ma leggendo questi racconti quest'impressione si è fatta molto più forte. Il primo, pur essendo forse il più bello, scivola in una drammaticità tale da sembrare parodistica; gli altri due sembrano degli esercizi, indubbiamente ben eseguiti e piacev ...more
Tran Huyen
Feb 23, 2016 Tran Huyen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Đây là lần đầu mình đọc Flaubert. Giờ đây mình sẽ suy nghĩ nghiêm túc việc đọc Madam Bovary(chủ đề này đang hot :P) vì mình vốn không thích những truyện đã biết trước kết cục (ngoại tình thì ắt không happy ending được, mà lại còn biết rõ là uống thạch tín tự tử và chết trong đau đớn) Có lẽ vì vậy dù rất thích Tolstol nhưng mình ko đọc lại được Anna.

Quay trở lại với Ba truyện kể. Mức độ "thích" của mình giảm dần từ Một tấm lòng chất phác, đến Truyện thánh Julien hiếu khách, và cuối cùng là Herodi
Feb 22, 2016 Joseph rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With his allegedly "immoral" first novel Madame Bovary Flaubert established himself as a leading exponent of the budding realist approach to literature with its emphasis on the sometimes sordid details of everyday life. The same elements recur in Sentimental Education but, in contrast, the historical novel Salammbô , is an exercise in over-the-top exotic Orientalism.

This edition of Flaubert's late "Three Tales" features a high-profile guest foreword by Margaret Drabble, as well as an introductio
Jean-Paul Walshaw-Sauter
These three tales by Flaubert show his mastery of the short story. One is set in Antiquity, another in Medieval and the last in modern times. They are perfect in their form, language and content. They explore love, doubt, loneliness and religious experience and are as relevant to 21st century readers as they must have been to those in the 19th century.
Simple Heart (includes the parrot), St Julian Hospitator & Herodias. Beautiful, vivid tales with a mythical feel - almost epic, which is an achievement given their brevity.

I'll give it 4 stars solely for the first story, the other two had beautiful prose but I didn't care much for.
May 13, 2014 Islam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
تكمن قوة فلوبير فى أنه يكون فى قمة الجدية وقمة السخرية فى نفس الوقت
Feb 23, 2016 Ana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: so-so
O meu fraco entusiasmo inicial, apenas um "quanto baste" para a leitura destes contos, acabou por se revelar o estado de espírito mais adequado para receber as palavras deste autor. Lamentavelmente. Como qualquer leitor, preferia ter sido arrebatada pelas histórias, ter tido uma experiência de leitura óptima, ter-me perdido nas suas páginas, ter esquecido as horas, ter aprendido, ter crescido, e ter ficado com uma ou mais memórias inesquecíveis. Isto (e mais ainda) é o que acontece quando um liv ...more
Elizabeth (Alaska)
This is an interesting collection of stories. As the Translator's Preface says, "These three short stories by Flaubert are unlike anyone else's, and they are also unlike much of his own work, for another reason than their shortness." I admit I was hoping for something that I would call more 'Flaubert-like,' and the prose is the best of it.

The first story is called A Simple Heart and is most like what I anticipated. "Madam Aubain's servant Félicité was the envy of the ladies of Pont-l'Évêque for
Nov 20, 2013 Lamia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

قصص تسافر من قبل الميلاد إلى القرن التاسع عشر

القصة الأولى : قلب طاهر

هنا شيء من التفاصيل الكثيرة ...

فيليسيتيه خادمة وإنسانه في المقام الأول يشكلها فلوبير في قلب طاهر
عاشت فيليسيتيه اليتم في صغرها وتشتت أخوتها .. أوها مزارع وعملت منذ الصغر قاست الكثير لدرجة إنها كانت تشرب الماء من البحيرات على طريقة الحيوانات..
فيليسيتيه كـ كل النساء ...
عندما سأل تيودور من فيليسيتيه عن فكرتها في الزواج أجابت "ليس من اللائق بك أن تتخذني هزوًا" إجابة مكثفة وبارعة إنكار وإستهزاء في الوقت نفسه .. زواج تيودور من فتاة
No matter what Flaubert's opinion of this particular body of work was, the stories contained within attest to his mastery of the art of the short story. His writing style is both descriptive and succinct with an obsessive attention to detail in describing the story setting.

'A Simple Heart' is perhaps the best-known story of the three, detailing the the life of a gentle peasant woman named Felicite and her mistaking of a taxidermied parrot named LouLou for the Holy Ghost.

Although I appreciate a
Sadiq sagheer
Jul 16, 2013 Sadiq sagheer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I heard a lot about Flaubert and this is was my first experience with Flaubert. i like his style and looking forward to read Flaubert's most anticipating novel "Madame Bovary". I picked this little book up at a second-hand book stand.Flaubert writes beautifully, but these three stories are so dripping with religion/religiosity that it was only the impeccable style that kept me going. The third of the three stories (HÃrodias) is about the beheading of John the Baptist, but presupposes a knowledge ...more
Marcia Lonteen-Martin
These tales are Flaubert's versions of three saints' lives. Each is interesting in its own right. They date back to the Middle Ages and Biblical times around the coming of Christ. The first, "A Simple Heart," is the story of Felicite, a servant to a widow who loyally fulfills her duties to her mistress and her two children while her own life has been one of loss and sorrow. During it all she retains her pure Catholic faith and endures all with little reward until her death. One of her few joys i ...more
In my personal personal personal opinion, questi tre racconti di Flaubert sono privi di qualunque attrattiva e interesse, anzi, hanno battuto insistemente sulla provocazione di sbadigli, frustrazioni da Anastasia che deve arrivare fino alla fine ma perde gli stimolo pagina dopo pagina e plateali "who cares" verso il terzo racconto.
Un cuore così semplice si fa leggere e per tanti altri potrebbe risultare anche un bel racconto, ma nonostante la buona partenza per me sfocia nel melodrammatico a lun
Jan 05, 2012 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was supposed to inspire Stein's Three Lives, so I read this one first. Of course, in some senses I've been reading it for a decade or two, given how many times I've read about, and read selections from "A Simple Heart." That story is as good as it would have to be to justify the talk about it, a real work of incredible clarity where Flaubert's attitude toward his subject becomes an incredible kind of pantomime or shadow puppet show; his stories have a way of turning from being about one thi ...more
Yves Gounin
En 2009 sortait au cinéma "Un coeur simple" avec Sandrine Bonnaire adaptation du premier de ces Trois contes écrits par un Flaubert épuisé par la rédaction de "Bouvard et Pécuchet"
Félicité est un coeur simple, pleine d'un amour qu'elle donne sans rien attendre en échange. Mais la vie sera dure à cette domestique normande : Rodolphe, son premier amant, l'abandonne, Mme Aubin, sa maîtresse, la méprise, l'interdisant de manifester la moindre affection à ses enfants, Victor, son neveu, trouve la mor
Stef Smulders
Jun 11, 2015 Stef Smulders rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Five, four and three stars respectively for the three stories. The first is a masterpiece on equal par with Mme Bovary, the style is incredibly effective in all its simplicity, the story is really moving. The second one also contains some beautiful writing but the story less captvating. The last one is a rather overloaded retelling of the biblical tale.
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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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