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De 1840 à 1867, la vie fait L'Éducation sentimentale de Frédéric Moreau et de toute une jeunesse idéaliste qui a préparé dans la fièvre la révolution de 1848. Le roman s'ouvre sur des rêves exaltés et s'achève sur la médiocrité des uns et des autres. Entre temps, la vie s'est écoulée autour de Frédéric, qui semble n'avoir pas plus participé aux mutations de son temps qu'à ...more
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Published June 1st 2005 by Gallimard (first published April 15th 1869)
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Paul Bryant
Sep 30, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned, novels
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
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Ahmad Sharabiani
858. L'Éducation sentimentale = Sentimental Education, Gustave Flaubert
Sentimental Education is a novel by Gustave Flaubert. Considered one of the most influential novels of the 19th century, it was praised by contemporaries such as George Sand and Emile Zola, but criticized by Henry James. The story focuses on the romantic life of a young man at the time of the French Revolution of 1848.

تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز پانزدهم ماه آوریل سال 2009 میلادی
عنوان: تربیت احساسات؛ نویسنده: گوستاو فلوبر؛ مترجم:
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Fionnuala
As was the case with Madame Bovary, which I read recently, this book demanded to be commented on as I read, so I posted lots of quips and quotes in the updates.
While searching for illustrations for those updates, I began to notice strong parallels between Flaubert’s mid-nineteenth century story and Honoré Daumier’s cartoons for French illustrated newspapers of the same period. Finding so many amusing pairings between scenes in the book and Daumier’s illustrations made reading this book a double
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Manny
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Alex
Mar 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cabbage Patch AirPod holders
Shelves: 2019
A "sentimental education" means your first love, and if Frédéric’s not careful he isn’t going to learn shit from it. He’s an aimless, pointless little man, slowly failing to do anything whatsoever with his life. He’s in love with his friend’s wife, and you sortof wish they'd bang just so we'd all have something to watch.

“The story or the plot of a novel is quite indifferent to me,” though, Flaubert said. He wanted real life! He’s the champion of realism, the late 1800s movement away from moral
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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 ...more
MihaElla
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Education is not a pleasant thing for the one who is subject to it. What does education mean?
Education means, simply speaking, taming, breaking, creating certain reflexes, correcting. However, to correct it is to break something and that is always painful at first. Of course after that it is fine, but at first it is not pleasant at all. If we go to school to be educated, it is because we have nowhere to go. Because our reflexes are crude, raw, virgin, because we can more easily change the nature
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Luís C.
The real interest of this classic is in its writing, sought after, stylized, beautiful. It is true that in the face of such prose the story of a long list of mediocre characters, misguided petty bourgeois or decadent aristocrats is of little importance. Moreover, she remains largely in the embryonic state, not avoiding the lengths caused by the endless procrastination of the hero, madly in love with a married and faithful woman. This novel is considered to be an autobiography of Flaubert, it is ...more
notgettingenough

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
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Geoff
Feb 23, 2011 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
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Chrissie
I have read half. I am dumping this. I cannot bear another minute of it. A classic not worthy of its title nor its fame.

A book of historical fiction, it draws French society at the time of the 1848 French Revolution. Adulterous love affairs abound, yet they are drawn without a hint of passion! This is a book that does not even come close to fulfilling what the title implies.

The characters are flighty, self-important and totally uninteresting. They are cardboard figures drawn without depth.

The
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Perry
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stela-eða-láni
While Crimes of Passion are All the Fashion, A Gentleman's Picturesque Ideations of Adulterous Procreation

Frederic Moreau comes of age in 1840s Paris. Given to flowery fancies of romance, he falls "in love" with Madame Arnoux, a lady at least a decade his senior, and becomes frustrated with the failed revolution of 1848, a Parisian fiasco. Flaubert said he set out to write a "moral history of the men of [his] generation...the history of their feelings... a book about love, about passion...
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Dolors
Mar 15, 2013 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
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Jeff Jackson
THIS BOOK. Some of the most consistently astonishing prose I've read - whether decadent all-night parties, violent street battles, or intimate scenes of friendship and love. Exquisite construction + moments of gut-punch emotion. A vibrant and still-modern book about illusions, youth, politics, failure. The artistic equivalent of a $200,000 bottle of wine. Surely one of the greatest novels ever written.
David Lentz
Jun 29, 2013 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
Tony
Me: I don't like Flaubert.

The Chorus: What?!? What Else? Do you park in handicapped spaces? Do you not wash your hands after using the rest room? Do you chew with your mouth full? Snap your chewing gum? Do you refuse to do the Wave at sporting events? Do you ride in the passing lane even when you're not passing? Did you seriously not watch even a minute of the Kavanaugh Senate hearing? Do you laugh out loud at The Onion? Do you think it's possible the Second Amendment may be read too broadly by
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Kelly
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.
·Karen·
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There's Louis-Philippe, King of the French rather than of France, trying hard to look safely bourgeois rather than pompously regal. Wikipedia informs me to my delighted astonishment that he survived no less than SEVEN assassination attempts (you'd think he'd have got the message) including one that slithers into the realm of absurdity: Giuseppe Mario Fieschi built a device that consisted of 25 gun barrels fixed to a wooden frame, all of which could be fired
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F.R.
Oct 31, 2009 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
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Gabrielle Dubois
Oh, I who adore Flaubert! how is it that I haven’t liked The Sentimental Education? We wish so much we loved everything that comes from the ones we love, do we?

The Sentimental Education is the journey of a young man — Frederic, the man of all weaknesses — and other men, who dreams of great love and life, but who deliberately spoils himself in sordid loves. Indeed, the woman he loves is married and their love is impossible. Without living like a monk, the young man, whom Flaubert describes as
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Rick Slane
This was one of Franz Kafka's favorite books. A young upper class adult learns about love in turbulent 1840's Paris. Like Warren Zevon sang after reading this "I need some sentimental hygiene."
David
Sep 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
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Caroline
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
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Bob Koelle
Aug 01, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this based on Woody Allen's recommendation [http://www.rosswalker.co.uk/movie_sou...] 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
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
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The Sentimental Education
Gustave Flaubert (1821 – 1880)

We are in Paris, from 1840 to 1868.
During Flaubert's lifetime and therefore particularly realistic.

This novel of ambitious and extensive proportions follows a young man’s education of life. He learns about illusions of lasting true love, rare reliable friendship, the vain value of wealth and fortune, the cruelty and horror of revolution and civil war.

The author, of personal experience, develops the extremely complex and agitated political
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Alex
Jul 15, 2009 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
Matt
This is one of the books one should read in autumn when the leaves are falling.
Eadweard
Sep 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been educated.
Widyanto Gunadi
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Being decidedly an all-time favorite book for Franz Kafka, the novel managed to blend the copious amount of interestingly exotic details of an era famous for its tempestuous political turmoil in the Western society, the French revolution era, and a realistic yet shockingly unconventional tale of devoted infatuation, between an aspiring law student aiming to be a prominent political figure in such difficult time, and an aristocratic mistress much older in age, whose marriage with her lifelong ...more
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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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