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Sentimental Education : Wordsworth Classics of World Literature - FLAUBERT GUSTAVE

Sentimental Education

Wordsworth Classics of World Literature

Paperback Published: 12th September 2003
ISBN: 9781840221213
Number Of Pages: 480

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'Sentimental Education' has been described both as the first modern novel and as a novel to end all novels. Weaving a poignant love story into his account of the 1848 revolution, Flaubert shows a society in the grip of stereotypes, on every level. There is something farcical in his depiction of characters who aspire to act but are dogged by cliche at every turn. To a greater extent even than Madame Bovary, 'Sentimental Education' is an indictment of modern consumerism, contrasting the hollowness of material achievement with the lasting beauty of the ideal. Flaubert's study of success and failure offers us a terrible sadness in a terrible beauty, yet is one of the world's great comic masterpieces. AUTHOR: Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880) achieved instant success and fame, indeed notoriety, with his first novel, 'Madam Bovary', published in 1857. He was prosecuted on the basis that the novel was 'offensive to public morality and religion'. Although found not guilty, Flaubert earned a lecture from the judge on the dangers of 'realism'. The book was a huge success, and Flaubert came to be considered one of the great novelists of Western literature.

ISBN: 9781840221213
ISBN-10: 1840221216
Series: Wordsworth Classics of World Literature
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 12th September 2003
Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.7  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Type: New edition