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A Simple Heart by Gustave Flaubert
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Oct 06, 08

Recommended for: bourgeois wankers.
Read in May, 2007

Dostoyevsky and Flaubert hated one another, their styles are vastly different, and in that battle of literary heavyweights I have to go with Dostoyevsky, KO in the seventh. Though I later Read Flaubert's Parrot by Julian Barnes which shed an interesting light on this novella, I don't quite see why mollycoddling the peasantry constitutes great literature. Flaubert seems to be saying "Isn't it fascinating that even the poor die?" Nice observation. Next.
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Williwaw I'm a fan of both authors. I'd hate to be in a position of choosing a "winner." Their approaches to literature are so utterly different. What I love about Flaubert is the rich layers of detail that bring his characters and his settings to life. It's been a while since I read D., but I think it's fair to say that he never exhibited much talent in that area. That said, I love the philosophical urgency of Dostoyevsky, and how his characters grapple with big ideas (which is not something one finds much of in Flaubert).


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