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A Simple Heart by Gustave Flaubert
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Jan 19, 2011

really liked it
Read in January, 2011

Poor, uneducated Felicite served Madame Aubain's family for fifty years. She grew attached to her master, her master's children (a son and a daughter), and a few other persons within the limited society of a servant like her. She had a pet parrot named Loulou. All of these persons either died one-by-one, left or had simply forgotten her. Even her pet parrot died, and she had it stuffed (badly) and kept it as a relic, putting it in her altar, and somehow recognizing a similarity between it (or her memory of the parrot) and the Holy Ghost.

In the end, Felicite herself dies and in her final breath "she saw, as the heavens opened for her, a gigantic parrot hovering above her head."

Short, poignant and sweet. The book, not this review.
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