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General Books publication date: 2009Original publication date: 1904Notes: This is an OCR reprint of the original rare book. There may be typos or missing text and there are no illustrations.When you buy the General Books edition of this book you get free trial access to where you can select from more than a million books for free. You can also preview the ...more
Paperback, 178 pages
Published July 8th 2012 by General Books (first published November 17th 1869)
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Paul Bryant
Jan 16, 2016 Paul Bryant rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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This one is often described as “the novel to end all novels” and I understand why – when you are reading it you say to yourself very frequently “if this is what novels are like I am never going to read another one in my entire life”.

From about page 50 until when I stopped, I was having these strong bibliocidal fantasies. I thought – maybe I will leave this accidentally on the bus to work. But I forgot to forget it, like that country song. Then I thought – maybe a column of army ants will chomp
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
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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
Oct 20, 2011 Geoff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*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
Look, its Flaubert. I don't have any fault to find with this writing. But I've still got 100 pages to go and its been weeks and I have no intention of finishing this. I get these characters- way waaay too much. I want to claw my eyes out rather than spend any more time with them though.

So probably too good a job, M. Flaubert. But I'd prefer to spend time with Emma so many times over. Even at her most whiny.

Review to come.
Maria Thomarey
Dec 14, 2015 Maria Thomarey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Όταν είσαι 18 χρόνων και διαβάζεις αυτό το βιβλίο , σε σημαδεύει για όλη σου τη ζωή .
David Lentz
Aug 03, 2013 David Lentz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 19, 2013 Dolors rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 17, 2015 F.R. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 16, 2013 Sandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Sep 20, 2011 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Mohammad Mahdi Fallah
این دومین کتاب بلندی بود که از فلوبر خوندم و هر دو عمیقا ملال آور بودند. کتاب سرشار از توصیفات و اتفاق هایی ست که هرچند ممکنه ذکرشون خالی از لطف نباشند و در نهایت منجر به ترسیم بهتر شخصیت در ذهن شود ولی آن چیزی که مسلم است، به واسطه اینکه کارکردهای مشخصی براشون قابل تصور نیست، غالب صحنه ها و رفت و آمدها شدیداً کسالت بارند؛ انگار که ما بخوایم رشد یافتن یک کودک رو گام به گام و لحطه به لحظه ببینیم.
سه جهارم انتهایی کتاب ولی ریتم داستان به نسبت مطلوب تر می شود و شاهد اتفاق هایی هستیم که با ترسیم گری
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
Bob Koelle
Aug 01, 2007 Bob Koelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this based on Woody Allen's recommendation [] 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
Mohsen Rajabi
فلوبر، در میان نویسندگان قرن نوزده فرانسه، یک خصوصیت مهم دارد از نظر من: مقابله با ویکتور هوگو از نظر سبک نوشتار. این تقابل، به گونه ای است که فلوبر یکی از دلیل های نوشتن کتاب تربیت عاطفی را ارائه روایت خودش از انقلاب 1948 فرانسه (که ویکتور هوگو قبلا در رمان بینوایان آورده بود) می داند. در بین دوستداران ادبیات فرانسه، وقتی کار به نویسندگان قرن نوزدهم می رسد، معمولا خواننده به یکی از دو قطب هوگو-فلوبر نزدیک تر است و کمتر می شود خواننده ای را دید که ستایشگر آثار هر دو نویسنده باشد.

من از دسته هوگوی
Anastasja Kostic
Aug 27, 2015 Anastasja Kostic rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Savršenstvo od knjige.
Jul 16, 2009 Alex rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 16, 2015 Zari rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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فلوبر در یک نامه در 1852 به لوییز کوله می نویسد:

"دوست دارم کتابي بنويسم درباره هيچ، کتابي که بر هيچ چيز بيروني که خارج از خود باشد دلالت نکند، کتابي که بتواند به نيروي دروني سبکش، روي پاي خودش بايستد، درست بدان گونه که کره زمين بي هيچ تکيه گاهي خود را در فضا نگاه دارد... کتابی بیهیچ وابستگی به دنیای بیرون، کتابی که به یمن نیروی درونی سبکش، قائم به ذات باشد، همچنان که زمین خود را در خلاء فضا نگه میدارد و از هر پایهای بینیاز است، کتابی که کموبیش هیچ موضوعی ندارد، یا دستکم موضوع آن نادیدنی است، الب
Oct 25, 2015 Nataša rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Frederik Moro mi se u prva dva dela knjige nikako nije dopao..doživela sam ga kao slabića, emotivno nezrelog momka koji ne zna šta želi..ili zna, ali nema hrabrosti da željeno i ostvari. Činjenica da je, kao uostalom i svi mi, samo čeznuo za pravom i iskrenom ljubavlju, naterala me je da bar saosećam s njim i delimično nađem razumevanjr i opravdanje za njegove postupke. U trećem delu susrećemo se sa novim Frederikom, ozbiljnijim, emotivno stabilnijim, čovekom zasićenim površnim odnosima, koji ne ...more
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
Oct 26, 2015 Eadweard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been educated.
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
An amazing analysis of a man pursuing his passions but not strong enough to really attain any of them, and learning nothing about himself along the way. As capable of believing his own bare-faced lie about love or money at the end as at the beginning.

Also a meticulous portrayal of 1840s France, with a broad swath of characters from all quarters of Paris: Bohemian, student, artisan, courtesan, diminished spinster, art trade, banker, political provocateur. Flaubert brilliantly shows how all polit
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
Sep 05, 2013 Yani rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Dec 16, 2007 Curt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 10, 2012 Amir rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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 اینه که رماننوی ...more
Jan 12, 2013 Uncle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Elyse Hdez
Apr 13, 2015 Elyse Hdez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Más que la historia en general, lo que amé fue la forma de escribir de Flaubert. Las descripciones, los cambios de tiempo, los personajes; en fin, fue magnifico. Además esa tercera parte fue lo que más me agradó del libro. Su calificación sería un 4.5
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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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