Flaubert's Parrot



Flaubert's Parrot Flaubert S Parrot Deals With Flaubert, Parrots, Bears And Railways With Our Sense Of The Past And Our Sense Of Abroad With France And England, Life And Art, Sex And Death, George Sand And Louise Colet, Aesthetics And Redcurrant Jam And With Its Enigmatic Narrator, A Retired English Doctor, Whose Life And Secrets Are Slowly Revealed.A Compelling Weave Of Fiction And Imaginatively Ordered Fact, Flaubert S Parrot Is By Turns Moving And Entertaining, Witty And Scholarly, And A Tour De Force Of Seductive Originality.

10 thoughts on “Flaubert's Parrot

  1. says:

    This book is the biography of Gustave Flaubert written by the Francophile Julian Barnes.Or may be not, may be this is a pointless story of a widower and retired doctor, Geoffrey Braithwaite, who is as fascinated with Flaubert as is his creator.Or if we are to get intellectual, is this a satirical meditation on writing, on reading, on the possibilities of gaining a deeper insight into the literary output of an author by studying his life, or even on the irremediably fictional nature of being able to access another person at all Or is it the story of the whereabouts of Loulou, Flaubert s stuffed parrot that sat at his desk while he wrote Un Coeur simple So, how could I parrot Julian Barnes and write a review about my understanding of Flaubert s Parrot May be the parrots themselves would open up the key to my review.FACTUAL MIROThis stuffed parrot is, surprisingly, a Joan Mir work of art or part of one It belongs to the MoMa, and is a gift of Mr amd Mrs Pierre Matisse It is labeled as Stuffed Parrot on Wooden Perch, 1936 Miro s bird is part of an artistic concoction in which in addition to the stuffed bird he has also included a perch, a stuffed silk stocking with its garter, etc But I am not interested ...

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    That I knew very little of Flaubert s life was an advantage for me to get a full immersion into this literary extravaganza One can tell that Barnes had fun writing this alternative biography of the famous French writer, using his stuffed parrot to concoct a colorful tapestry of interspersed anecdotes with metaliterary intention, ironic finesse and the savoir faire of a virtuous ventriloquist.The fictitious narrator Doctor Geoffrey Braithwaite scrutinizes the correspondence between Flaubert and his net of acquaintances and a sample of pompous academic miscellania to mis construct his own theories about the writer s life, or rather, he presents the evidence and allows the reader to make his own assumptions in quite a burlesque style.The result of this rigorous exploration is the vivid image of an eccentric, stubborn, contradictory, scatological, decadent but fiercely intelligent artist, hungry for the hedonistic pleasures of life but sceptic about its purpose As a byproduct, the novel is this a novel works like a very entertain...

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    This book has been perched on my to read shelf for quite a few years, so that recently, fresh from reading Madame Bovary and L ducation sentimentale as well as Bouvard Et P cuchet , I thought it the perfect moment to take Flaubert s Parrot down from the shelf and dust him off On page sixteen however, Julien Barnes mentions Flaubert s Un coeur simple, saying, perhaps you know the story I didn t, so I put Flaubert s Parrot back on the shelf and read the perfect little tale of F licit and her parrot instead Flaubert wrote two other novellas at the same time so I read those as well Then I took Flaubert s Parrot down from his perch for the second time On page twenty five, Barnes mentions the huge success Flaubert had with Salammb so I threw a cloth over the Parrot and ordered a copy, but since it was close to Christmas, I didn t expect it to arrive quickly so I read a kindle version of Flaubert s Saint Antoine in the meantime Salammb wasn t available on kindle in French The Parrot remained under wraps for the following three weeks while I feavered...

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    Geoffrey Braithwaite, a doctor with three children, takes a vacation to Rouen in France to pay homage to his literary hero, Gustave Flaubert, most famously known for his novel Madame Bovary On this pilgrimage, Dr Braithwaite is stimulated to think of the many arguments and critiques of his hero and we are drawn along with him An example of his arguments is in his response to critics who claimed Flaubert was not patriotic The greatest patriotism is to tell your country when it is behaving dishonourably, foolishly, viciously The writer must be universal in sympathy and an outcast by nature only then can he see clearly As he visits the points of interest in Rouen, he notices something strange In Flaubert s story, Un coeur simple there is a parrot It is said that Flaubert borrowed this parrot from the Museum so he could further study parrotism while he writes the story Yet, as Dr Braithwaite continues on, he discovers two parrots, in two different locations within the city both allegedly the parrot that inspired and annoyed Flaubert Now he is on a mission How do you compare two p...

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    Will be top contender for novel of the year for me Or, err anti novel It is intelligent literary analysis at its most intimate, at its most arrestingly brilliant this may be one of the best literary dissertations of all time And that is, well, bizarre the last time I had declared this so recalcitrantly, was for Mario Vargas Llosa s The Perpetual Orgy, another immersive lit paper of the 19th century Flaubert, and specifically on his megapopular diva M E Bovary.Barnes merges poetics and juggles myriad miracles in this, a satirical alchemy that hits you out of nowhere What a trick He takes the antiquated father of realism by the hand, and jolts him out into our modern day What fucking balls, this dude This is nothing short of madness Playful and overarticulate, Flaubert s Parrot is an out of this world experience, where fiction biography and fiction apocrypha interplays with history and the drama it all is to finally unravel it There is a certain V.I.P.ness to the whole endeavor, oh exalted reader You are being shown celestial things and the sky is a theater of possibilities 83 Flaubert s Parrot, I shit you not, LITERALLY grabs the reader by the lapels and yells brilliant miscellany right at his face This, to my knowledge, is the first novel to EVER do this to affect the brain and heart and lungs alike.And what, finally is Flaubert s Parrot This is NO SPOILER An elusive emblem of the write...

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    A novel that is largely a non traditional biography of Gustave Flaubert We get all the usual biographical info on Flaubert we expect, but it s organized in chapters such as one on the various colors of Madame Bovary s eyes in the novel Barnes threads the book with the fictitious biographer s concern for, and reflections on, his wife dying of an illness Spooky because Wiki tells us that Barnes s wife actually died of a brain tumor in 2008, but Parrot was written in 1986 One chapter is structured as a Glossary of odds and ends about Flaubert s life, his acquaintances and thoughts Another chapter tells of Flaubert s long term relationship with Louise Colet from HER perspective A chapter titled The Train Spotter s Guide to Flaubert features Flaubert s thoughts on trains, how they figured in his novels, and one house that he lived in, visible from the tracks The Flaubert Bestiary chapter features his pets, animals in is stories, and how they were connected to animals he owned, and the parrot The chapter called ...

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    I attract mad people and animals Loved.A novelised biography of Gustave Flaubert But better than that sounds I get the feeling that while Julian Barnes was stalking his favourite author, he found so many oddities and pleasing coincidences les perroquets that he kept a journal entitled Cool shit I know about Flaubert and other musings which became this book.The obsession rubs off You re lying if you enjoyed this and didn t contemplate ordering A Simple Soul This quote cut too close to home Even what art is escapes them They find the annotations interesting than the text They set store by the crutches than the legs Gustave Flaubert via Julian Barnes, now via me in a goodreads review you are now reading Why does writing make us chase the writer Why can t we leave well alone Why aren t the books enough as for coincidences in books there s something cheap and sentimental about the device it can t help always seeming aesthetically gimcrack the common but passionate reader is allowed to forget he can go away, be unfaithful with other writers, come back and be entranced again the lazy rush to understand How do we seize the past We read, we learn, we ask, we remember, we are humble and then ...

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    You might think this is a book about Flaubert s parrot The title would indicate that this is not such a preposterous assumption to make Or at least, if not the parrot, then about Flaubert himself, maybe the parrot is just a way in to a biography of the man Again, not entirely erroneous What we get, though, isn t really much of a biography at all, the musings of a man called Geoffrey Braithwaite, who has a long term obsession with the Frenchman and would like to write the definitive life, but finds himself overwhelmed by the wealth of material, none of which is to be trusted When writing the biography of a writer, is his work a legitimate source of material to make assumptions about the man, even if he does famously, infamously say Madame Bovary, c est moi I d say no, definitely not, but then his letters Are they any reliable as a key to The Real Flaubert He was a writer after all, so was he writing letters as a screen onto which he could project a better version of himself, virile, unconventional, charismatic, amusing, Just So, it s not about parrots, or Flaubert, but about biographies and how to write them Well, it goes even further, I d go further, I d go a long way with Mr Barnes it s a biography that questions the whole dubious undertaking of writing a biography The initial choice of subject what questionable motives are invo...

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    Is it splendid, or stupid, to take life seriously When I began listening to this audiobook, I wasn t in the right state of mind, as I was distracted and couldn t concentrate, so I was about to give up on it I m glad that I stuck it out, because, it turned out to be brilliant, delightful, surprising, and altogether original I shouldn t be surprised, after all, the previous six Barnes books I listened to this year were of the highest quality always extremely eloquent I am awed by Barnes brilliance and literary prowess The way his mind works How he takes some obscure fact Flaubert s parrot and then constructs such an interesting book, part biography part novel, a very interesting concoction that melds fact with fiction in a very original way It is mainly about Flaubert I knew almost nothing about the famous French writer, although I promised myself that this is the year I finally read Madame Bovary It s also about art, personality, fame, critics, and relationships All the biographical details about Flaubert s life are delivered via our narrator, a retired British doctor, who s a Flaubert amateur scholar Many of the biographical entries are from correspondence to and from Flaubert or his journal entries.I ve come to the conclusion that often than not we shouldn t know too much about geniuses or prestigious artists, scientists, writers etc Their human selves are often than not quite disappointing, with their human failings,...

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    This was a giant gimmick of a novel and I thought the gimmick just worked so well I understand some readers disagree I m not going to say that them s fightin words and I m going to have to ask you to step outside I m just annoyingly, irritatingly going to tell you that I thought this was like a gloved hand on the back of your neck which inches its way round to your windpipe What happens is that a dull kind of guy mooches about France collecting biographical data about the sainted Flaubert, one of the handful of authors about Not One Bad Word Has Ever Been Spoken As he muses and mumbles and huffs and puffs his way about France, gradually little fragments of his own life bob to the surface and are quickly shoved back down He doesn t want to think about that stuff he s over in France on this Flaubert tour to get away from all that But back they come and gradually you get this feeling of dread creeping over the somewhat amusing ...

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