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Flaubert's Parrot by Julian Barnes
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Feb 11, 2012

really liked it
Read from February 11 to 21, 2012

I realized halfway through this book that most of reasons why some people below hated this book were reasons why I was enjoying it so much, and it's entirely changed the way I read and understand book reviews since. Yes, the plot so to speak does not really exist, and the narrator avoids telling you anything much about himself or why he has such an obsession with the titular French author, or why he bothers telling you so much about him. But as in his recent award-winning novella "The Sense of an Ending", I found Barnes so enjoyable it didn't really matter (or, rather, it would have started to matter in another hundred or so pages but Barnes knows when to pull back as well). It's a strange blend of biography, history, and the stream-of-consciousness of a character that I enjoyed, and will eventually return to someday.

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