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Three Tales by Gustave Flaubert
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May 23, 12

Read in April, 2012

'Three Tales', by Gustave Flaubert. 1877. Several years ago I viewed a posthumously sculpted, nude portrait of Flaubert. His protruding round belly, thick balding head and wide, squared off stance made a lasting impression. My initial reaction to Rodin's work was that it was disrespectful, but yet at the same time had the ambiguity of exuding great strength and experience. Last autumn I walked by Flaubert's Parisian apartment. -a small, back street affair in a modest neighborhood. It was a place that enabled him to easily conceal himself from his many debtors. After viewing his naked, bronze casted body, and now, knowing where he once hid, I knew that it was time to revisit my favorite French writer.


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