La Educacion Sentimental
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La Educacion Sentimental

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  8,500 ratings  ·  329 reviews
La historia de un ambicioso joven de provincias que se enamora de una mujer casada sirvió a Flaubert para crear uno de los hitos estilísticos de la literatura universal, quizá su obra maestra, sin duda una de las novelas más perdurables de todos los tiempos. En la cubierta del barco que le lleva de París a su ciudad natal, Fréderic Moreau se quedará prendado de la belleza...more
Paperback, 520 pages
Published June 30th 2004 by Ediciones Catedra S.A. (first published 1869)
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MJ Nicholls
An exhausting thrill-ride through the zany world of womanising socialite Frédéric, or—for the first 300 pages, at least—wannabe womanising socialite Frédéric. Because Frédéric 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 frenet...more
Manny
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notgettingenough

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 crowd...You'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 is...more
David Lentz
The French word for sentiment is "sentiment" (san-tee-mon). So Flaubert is concerned essentially about what a young French man, presumably him, has learned about love and lust, affection and disaffection, friendship and betrayal, loyalty and disloyalty, admiration and disdain, and other sentiments. He writes precisely within the complex pixilist history of a turbulent political era for France as new liberal rights emerge versus the power of kings and their conservative bedfellows. There is blood...more
Geoff
*this book deserves anywhere between 4.2 and 4.7 stars


“Funny, how the things you have the hardest time parting with are the things you need the least.” (Bob Dylan)


With every work I read or reread by Flaubert, I am all the more convinced that he was the master craftsman, that he was master of attention to the tiny stuff, the small details that are layered brick by brick (word by word), the master of attention to even the mortar between the bricks, and master of raising the whole damn superstructu...more
Dolors
An educational reading indeed, either spiritually or rationally speaking.
The novel talks about the life of a young man, Frederic, during the French Revolution and the founding of the French Empire in 1848. It is said that Frederic is in fact Flaubert himself telling about some real events in his life and of course about his platonic love for an older woman, in the book, called Mme Arnoux.
We are able to follow, with a somehow ironic and pessimistic tone, a different set of characters who live th...more
Sandra
Ho letto l’ultima riga, ho chiuso il libro e sono stata colta da un’improvvisa tristezza, profonda come poche altre volte. Al contempo, però, sono soddisfatta perché ho letto un libro che non può non essere letto, imperdibile. E da ora in poi ne consiglierò a tutti la lettura. E’ “IL ” romanzo, per me. Perfetto, stupendo in ogni sua pagina, in ogni riga. Un mondo racchiuso in poco più di 500 pagine.
C’è il mondo di Frédéric Moreau, uno studente diciottenne che, intorno al 1840, lascia Parigi per...more
David
Pretty much the best thing ever. Not really Maybe. Yeah, it's 500 pages long and about a guy who wastes his life and is incredibly selfish and everyone else he knows is even worse ). And yeah, not much happens, especially in the first 200 pages or so.

YET the book manages to be fucking intoxicating. The writing is precise, trenchant, etc, as expected, and perhaps because of this it is insanely simple to just get immersed in this world of 1840s Paris. (I know this is selling it on a pretty base l...more
F.R.
Long time friends will know I have a great love of the English novel of the nineteenth century, but, heavens, it’s a ponderous beast when compared to this work by Flaubert.

Written in 1869 this feels a far more modern novel , with a rapid pace which covers events in two chapters that it takes most contemporaneous novels a volume to deal with. Indeed it would be hard to imagine such a swift style ever use in 1800s Britain, if anything it feels more appropriate to a novel about 1960’s Carnaby Stre...more
Jim Coughenour
Flaubert was Kafka's favorite author, and A Sentimental Education his favorite novel. After rereading this book, I think I can understand why. Flaubert's "story of a young man" is the story of a rather witless protagonist and his almost indistinguishable set of friends and lovers, each immersed in her or his illusions, each almost equally stupid (in the phenomenological sense). There is indeed a "sentimental" romance at its heart, which is more or less a disappointment stretching from the first...more
Coinboy
I read this based on Woody Allen's recommendation [http://www.rosswalker.co.uk/movie_sou...] in "Manhattan" when I was 17. Frederic, the protagonist, goes through the tumultuous years of early 19th century France in love with an older woman, Madame Arnoux, but never having more than a close friendship with her, while yearning for much more, and watching her go through one personal and financial disaster after another. Anyway, after years of separation, she visits him at the end of the book, and...more
Molly
no, didn't finish. three quarters through, and i just got weary of 'and then he sent to his lawyer for 1,500 francs. did he still love her? not at all! oh, wait, did he? he wasn't sure. yes! he would die for her! but no, he would never think of her again! and then he got engaged to the girl next door.' i sympathized most with his roommate, who, after months of hearing madame arnoux this and madame arnoux that, began just inserting the word 'arnoux' arbitrarily in every other sentence. exhausting...more
Curt
Flaubert, Flaubert, Flaubert. (I actually have no real issue with Flaubert, I just enjoy beginning my ranting reviews pedantically.)

This is a decent younger sibling to his classic, Madame Bovary. It features one of the two nineteenth century protaganists I'd most like to box on the ears and tell them to get a clue, Frederic Moreau. The other being Prince Myshkin of The Idiot which, incidentally, was published the year before Sentimental Education. Weird.

Whenever I read Flaubert, I'm enthralled w...more
Patrick Gibson
Twenty years ago I was intoxicated by this book, believing it to be the perfect novel, populated with distinct and realistic characters. But now I feel that the characters are the weakest aspect of the book. There is something sour, cheap and small that make them seem more alike than different. Flaubert was adept at catching the nuances of character flaws but failed to recognize that people can also have great heart, courage and self-awareness.

But, the set pieces are still stunning—unmatched by...more
Elizabeth (Alaska)
Ah, Monsieur Flaubert, you write the most beautiful prose. I found myself re-reading paragraphs just to enjoy the way he puts the words together. Yes, I read a translation - I can imagine he must be a pleasure to translate. These were not the most beautiful, simply two (and not consecutive) paragraphs I thought to highlight.
He saw himself with her at night in a post-chaise, then on a river's bank on a summer's evening, and under the reflection of a lamp at home in their own house. He even fixed
...more
Yani. S
Debería crear una estantería de “novelas incalificables”, en donde podría agregar todos esos libros que me resultaron arduos y que, al mismo tiempo, tienen una construcción y un trasfondo tan fenomenal que sería una completa desalmada si les pusiera una sola estrella. Noté que me sucedió con varias novelas francesas del mismo siglo. La educación sentimental me hizo sufrir, porque sus altibajos son incontables, los personajes son detestables y en ciertos momentos no hay nada por lo cual interes...more
Núria
'Madame Bovary' es una de mis novelas favoritas, así que empecé 'La educación sentimental' con toda la ilusión del mundo, pero no pude con ella. Tanta descripción impresionista me hacía venir dolor de cabeza. Es un libro que me agotaba. No sé si me atreveré nunca a volverlo a intentar.
Chris
Madam Bovary's rightly held up as Flaubert's big one, but I actually prefer this book. Where Bovary often teeters on the edge of chick lit, this is definitely one for the boys. A superbly well drawn character study of male petulance, gamesmanship and moral failure.
Aric Cushing
One word: Masterpiece.
This book is truly great, in every sense of the word.
Pierre E. Loignon
L’Éducation sentimentale de Flaubert, c'est un livre franchement ennuyant, mais aussi incontestablement magnifiquement écrit. C'est ennuyant, mais d'un très bel ennui!
Flaubert, c'est un talent d'écriture et une capacité de travail qui tiennent du merveilleux. Il nous permet de voir avec une clarté sublime ce qu'il veut bien mettre en lumière devant les yeux des ses lecteurs, que ce soit la pose d'un personnage, le détail d'une scène, la subtilité d'un état d'âme, etc.
Son génie grandiose aura to...more
Alex
This is a book about failure, plain and simple. And maybe this is what our lives end up being when it is all said and done, but I can't help but find my taste in fiction not that of realism genre. So why was this book just "okay" for me, well it has to do with the characters, all of which serve little to no purpose whatsoever, and none of them possess much in the aspect of redeeming value. This is probably what Flaubert and realism where all about, but the funny thing about this is how detached...more
Don
Much more than the anti-bourgeoisie tract I had anticipated. A well-done anti-hero is quite the challenge, but here I think Flaubert is able to really milk the hollow essence of humankind. Ironic and satirical, yes, but also evoking the complex flavors of disenchantment in the vanity of human striving. Perhaps a fully developed and realized version of Ecclesiastes?
Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity. What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh...more
Podiceps
A great book, so rich in perfectly crafted detail, it made me feel I was actually there in France at that time. All the sights and sounds and odors became alive in my head. I immensely enjoyed the vivid descriptions of lavish dinners, landscapes, coaches, lively boulevards, garments and even factories. Reading the book feels like taking a stroll through a particular point of french history, and the characters are human in the truest sense of the word, they are not idealized in any way, but portr...more
Bryn Hammond
This was one of my key books as a teenager.
Later, much much later, I read a biography of Flaubert (Flaubert) which told me I had misunderstood everything.
It's quite likely I did. I haven't dared go back.
Anselm
The main character's lack of will runs parallel to the glut of contemporary poets whose ambition is found everywhere but in the act of making works.
Ahmad
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Kelly
May 23, 2008 Kelly marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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I should. I will. Eventually.
Amy
This book is not at all about what it claims to be about (or what it's purported to be about). I was expecting a sort of Wuthering Heights love story between Frederic Moreau and Madame Arnoux. But really, this is a story of the French Revolution, in which women are commodities of the aristocratic world in which Frederic Moreau operates. He doesn't really love any of the four women with whom he is involved. The scenes between Frederic and Madame Arnoux are melodramatic and disingenuous, just like...more
Evelin
Well, the book was.. life-true, yes in some ways certainly, but.. By the quote I read from the back of the book I thought the book was something different.. So, I was a bit of disappointed. The book doesn't give one much hope, nor didn't give me any inspiration. That's mostly what I value in books.
I found the ignorance and even sort of stupidity of the main character pretty annoying. I didn't understand his childish disability to decide what he wants after-all and be happy with that. Constant m...more
Tony
Flaubert, Gustave. A SENTIMENTAL EDUCATION. (1869). ****. After last reading this novel over fifty years ago, I was prodded into re-reading it to see if age had done anything for appreciation. Flaubert (1821-1880) was a master of literary style. He agonized over each word to make sure that it was the exact word he wanted to express his meaning. His practice was to read his works aloud to himself to make sure that they contained a poetic element that he thought was essential to any story he wante...more
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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,...more
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