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L'Éducation Sentimentale

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De 1840 à 1867, la vie fait L'Éducation sentimentale de Frédéric Moreau et de toute une jeunesse idéaliste qui a préparé dans la fièvre la révolution de 1848. Le roman s'ouvre sur des rêves exaltés et s'achève sur la médiocrité des uns et des autres. Entre temps, la vie s'est écoulée autour de Frédéric, qui semble n'avoir pas plus participé aux mutations de son temps qu'à ...more
Paperback, 502 pages
Published September 1st 1992 by Schoenhof Foreign Books (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
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
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Manny
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Jim
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
Bob Koelle
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
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Amir
رمان خوب برای من رمانی هست که فاجعه و تراژدی‌اش نه توی کلمه‌های کتاب، که توی ذهنم و موقع خوندن اون اتفاق بیافته. اگه رمان‌ معاصر ـ رمانی که متعلق نباشه به ادبیات تعلیمی ـ خودش رو موظف بکنه به شرح و بسط تمام ریز و بم قصه، یک‌جورهایی میشه گفت تخیل خواننده‌اش رو با نشمه اشتباه گرفته؛ گویا. چند سال پیش که یکی از یادداشت‌های اورهان پاموک رو می‌خوندم، توی یکی از بحث‌های «ما چگونه ما شدیم؟»ایش، میاد و نویسنده‌ی ترک نسل قبلش رو می‌زاره رو ترازو و می‌گه تفاوت رمان‌نویس ترک با رمان‌نویسی مثل تولستوی تو ای ...more
Aric Cushing
One word: Masterpiece.
This book is truly great, in every sense of the word.
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
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Bastet
El adulterio no está tan mal visto si lo comete un hombre que si la instigadora es una mujer, en el siglo XIX y en el XXI. Por eso Madame Bovary (1857) escandalizó tanto a la sociedad parisina decimonónica. En L'éducation sentimentale (1869) el adulterio es un mero trámite que tiene que cumplir cualquier burgués que se precie, y si además de una amante casada tenía una querida (o varias) soltera, más envidiado era el joven aspirante a brillar en sociedad. Así, Frédéric Moreau se sirve de su pode ...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
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
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Yani
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
Gulen
Gustave Flaubert yedin bitirdin beni, daha ilk 20 sayfasında elimden atmadıysam kitabı, tamamen Zola'nın hatırınadır bilesin. Azimle okudum 500 sayfayı her defasında bir umutla bekledim, hadi baş karakterleri zaten sevmedim (Madam Bovary bana birşeyler öğretmeliydi oysa) siyasi arka plan konusunda da bir heyecan duymadım. Oysa aynı yoğunlukta yazan sevgili Zola insanda açıp Vikipedi'yi kitapta geçen tüm siyasi olayları inceleme hissi uyandırıyor.

Tek Honore de Balzac yetmişti bana, iki Gustave Fl
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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.
Hollie
pas tellement aimé... un peu ennuyant. Je préfère Stendhal finalement. un peu trop gnagna
Kelly
May 23, 2008 Kelly marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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I should. I will. Eventually.
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
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Uncle
Reading Sentimental Education is like looking at a massive 19th century oil painting. Though its execution is suave and masterly, its details dense and sumptuous, the story it tells is heart-breaking in its simple humanity.

This French novel is famously "about" a younger man's obsessive love for a married woman. But the story is about so much more than that. Flaubert shows us characters, and a society at large, besotted with complacency, greed, social-climbing, shallow materialism, self-delusion
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Darran Mclaughlin
What can I say? This is one of the greatest novels ever written. Along with Ullysess it is the greatest portrayal of life as we know it that has ever been attempted. It is one of the foundations of the modern novel and it is a quantum leap beyond the novels of its day. The idea of putting an unheroic everyman at the centre of a novel which focusses upon undramatic, normal events and barely pays attention to the revolt of 1848 is revolutionary, and is in direct contrast to Les Miserables. Sentime ...more
Bob
Mine is actually the Meridian Classic edition from 1972 with an afterword by F. W. Dupee.

Frédéric Moreau, a young Frenchman from the provinces (said to be loosely based on the author), aspires to vaguely defined great things in Paris - political, artistic and sexual triumphs. In 1840, at 19, he develops an infatuation for Madame Arnoux, a respectable married woman, which he nurtures intermittently for decades.

He spends the next 8 years changing his mind about most things (inheriting enough mone
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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
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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.

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