The Dictionary of Received Ideas (Syrens)
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The Dictionary of Received Ideas (Syrens)

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Posthumous work, first published in 1913. According to Wikipedia: "Gustave Flaubert (French pronunciation: [gysta?v flob???]) (December 12, 1821 - May 8, 1880) was a French writer who is counted among the greatest Western novelists. He is known especially for his first published novel, Madame Bovary (1857), and for his scrupulous devotion to his art and style."
Paperback, 67 pages
Published May 1st 1995 by Penguin Classics (first published 1881)
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Oct 06, 2012 s.penkevich rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Philistines
To dissect is a form of revenge
-Gustave Flaubert in a letter to George Sand

Flaubert’s Dictionary of Accepted Ideas is an ironic, witty, and outright humorous satire on the minds and manners of the everyday man, the philistines, as Flaubert would call them, that move within a higher society. Alphabetized within its pages are a wide variety of objects, ideas and people with a clichéd definition highlighting the ‘accepted’ opinions on them and instructions as to how to utilize such ideas to give...more
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This is a stub, feel free to add. I've caught myself at some of these so it is for all of us. I am working on this in the spirit of Flaubert's from his particular take on his milieu in the 19th c in France from ours in the turn of the millenium here in New York.

Asperger's Syndrome: Nearly everyone mathematically or...more
Flaubert, Gustave. Say he was a genius, but some of his books are more accessible than others. Mention the ending of Madame Bovary.

Idées reçues, dictionnaire des. Praise it as incredibly funny and insightful. Ignore the hundreds of entries that aren't the least bit amusing.
Teri Zuckerman
Quite possibly one of my favourite books ever.
Le bourgeois est l'ennemi du XIXème siècle après avoir été le héros du XVIIIème.
Flaubert et son génie ajoute sa pierre à la haine générale. Très effacé dans Madame Bovary, il utilise ici un style peut être moins célèbre mais beaucoup plus mordant.
Sorte de petite liste alphabétique des banalités bourgeoises de son temps, le Dictionnaire des idées reçues est tout autant un vrai bijou d'ironie qu'une vision critique et éclairée d'une chose que l'on connaît assez peu : les conversations bourgeoise...more
Gustave Flaubert's DICTIONARY OF ACCEPTED IDEAS was a supplement to his last novel Bouvard et Pecuchet which was translated into English for the first time in 1954.

How did this anthology of absurdities, anecdotes, and satires originate? Flaubert, from an early age refused to suffer fool's lightly. He would write down on scrapes of paper the inanites of an old lady who visited his parents; by age twenty he knew he would compile his disdain for the bourgeois, his contempt for cliches, and his att...more
Geoff Cain
I curse Jonathan for getting me into this! He sent me one of his cryptic messages one morning -- it was something about the deleterious effects of Tullamore Dew on the LeGare constitution and how he needed the hair of the dog and some Ambrose Bierce or Flaubert's Dictionary of Accepted Ideas. So I hadn't heard of the latter so I went out and found Barzun's annotated translation and then on another day I was at the University Bookstore in Seattle and found the novel that it was originally part of...more
Mariana Orantes
Divertidísimo y esencial libro. Sirve para poner en jaque las ideas preconcebidas que uno suele tener de las cosas comunes y que suelta en pláticas sin más ni más. Todos tenemos algo así y hemos dicho cosas similares. Claro, también sirve para dejarnos ver el pensamiento de la época y como, sobre esos lugares comunes, también puede construirse o más bien, se construye la base de la literatura misma. Además, nos pone en evidencia: siempre hemos pensado más o menos lo mismo, siempre terminamos con...more
Jono Balliett
literature: an occupation for idlers.
"Речник на готовите истини" - в него под формата на речник, Флобер се надсмива над утвърдените клишета и възприети като ценни фрази или разбирания за времето си - втората половина на 19 в. Той го пише почти през целия си живот и смята да бъде като допълнение за неговия роман "Бувар и Пекюше", останал също недовършен. От този речник могат да се видят нагласи и картини на тогавашното общество и на живота изобщо.
Забавно четиво.
Very funny. Some of my favorites include:

Donne de l'esprit. N'est bon que venant du Havre.
-Dans un grand dîner, doit se prendre debout.
-L'avaler sans sucre - très chic, et donne l'air d'avoir vécu en Orient.

Ne se dit qu'en parlant des monuments.

Abîme la peau.

Ceux qui ne pensent pas comme vous.

Résultat des pays chauds.
Matt DeCostanza
Flaubert's mock-dictionary into which he poured the contrived opinions of the fin de siècle uppercrust.
If that synopsis didn't tip you off, it's possibly the most pretentious thing I've ever read. Nevertheless, it's undoubtedly a joy to read.

AMERICA: Fine example of injustice: Columbus discovered it and it is named after Amerigo Vespucci. If it weren't for the discovery of America, we shouldn't have syphilis and Phylloxera. Praise it all the same, especially if you've never been there. Expatiate...more
Salah Sameh
زى أعمال كتير مابفضلش أقيمها غير لما أقراها أكتر من مرة, الكتاب أو القاموس ده عظيم وفى المرتين تلاتة اللى قريته فيهم كُنت قاعد مُبتسم وبأضحك طول مُدة القراءة
I can't say much. But some of these accepted ideas have changed, especially regarding marriage. Oh well, still worth a read and a good laugh.
Qué lindo y triste ha sido el confirmar que muchas ideas, otrora válidas, hoy siguen vigentes.
Dec 26, 2011 Michael rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jennifer F
Very funny, very odd dictionary of cliches and banalities as uttered by French people in the late 19th Century. It's fun to get a sense of Flaubert's curmudgeonly persona, and kind of wild to think about what passed for political banalities among people for whom Napoleon's career was not so long ago, for whom the revolutions of 1848 were vivid in living memory, and for whom the crushing debacle of the Franco-Prussian War was a current event.


Aggiungere "dal piè veloce"; fa credere che si abbia letto Omero.
Non se ne fa mai vedere abbastanza.
Questa parola pronunciata bene valorizza chi la usa.
Parola da evitare: sostituire con "evento". "Per quando è atteso il lieto evento?"

Scritto in pieno Ottocento ma ancora attuale.
Dà da pensare, n'est ce pas?
We're bound to find ourselves in this book, as we are biased by culture, and this is what is all about. A dictionary of "common sense" ideas that people often (if not always) use, but have no real idea of what they're talking about...
Would be a great idea to rethink what's been imposed by culture, and (re)elaborate our own ideas.
Ironijski osvrt na klišeiziranu dimenziju Francuskog buržoaskog društva kroz pojmovnik kontekstualiziranih riječi u svakodnevnoj frekventnoj upotrebi. Svjedočanstvo o tome kako jezik u svom sinhronijskom presjeku nosi dijahronijsku dimenziju u smislu tragova prošlosti, historijskog konteksta prisutnog u riječi.
DICTIONARY OF ACCEPTED IDEAS: Flaubert's Devil's Dictionary, a mildly entertaining frivolity which displays a great deal of irreverence through the affectation of sycophancy. There's "[n]o need to have one single precise notion about it: thunder against."
Abecedarian snark from 1850s France. Slyly thunders against conventional wisdom and cliche. Offers ironic philosophy, etiquette, and health advice. An interesting form that could use a 21st Century American update?
Zanimljivo štivo.
Neke od najboljih natuknica:
1. Instinkt - Nadomješta inteligenciju.
2. Književnost - Zanimanje besposličara.
3. Optimist - Isto što i idiot.
4. Pjesnik - Otmjen sinonim za sanjara i šmokljana.
En comparación al "Diccionario del Diablo" de Ambrose Bierce, este "Diccionario de lugares comunes" de Flaubert es bastante flojo.
CATHOLICISM Has been an excellent influence on the arts.

-Flaubert, The Dictionary of Received Ideas
Entertaining at times, but definitely not as good or as amusing as Bierce's Devil's Dictionary.
Alberto Schiariti
Alcune voci sono divertenti, però nonostante sia corto, letto tutto d'un fiato può un po' annoiare.
the only REAL dictionary, the one we use, the madman-invention, will kill us eventually
Eberhard Au
The Genius about the human stupidity, its an intellectual Fun, i.e. Infinite jest...
funny and educational to some extent. it just isn't my thing. found it a bit tedious.
There were a few choice gems, but the majority of the entries were ho-hum.
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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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