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

  • Title: Flaubert's Parrot
  • Author: Julian Barnes
  • ISBN: 9780330491969
  • Page: 184
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 imagFlaubert 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.

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    1. 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 [...]

    2. 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 an [...]

    3. 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'éducation sentimentale (as well as Bouvard Et Pécuchet), 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 Félicité and [...]

    4. 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. Emma Bovary.Barnes merges poetics [...]

    5. 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, more 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 [...]

    6. 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' bril [...]

    7. 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, [...]

    8. 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 [...]

    9. "Ποια γνώση είναι χρήσιμη, ποια γνώση είναι αληθινή;" Για το συγκεκριμένο βιβλίο δεν μπορώ να δώσω κάποια θετική απάντηση. Οι γνώσεις μου γύρω απο τον Φλωμπερ περιοριζονται στην Μανταμ Μποβαρυ που μου άφησε χλιαρές εντυπώσεις και στην Αισθητική Αγωγή που μετά τις 10 πρώτες σ [...]

    10. There's something about Barnes's prose that just feels so flawless. Rarely do I trip on an ill-suited word or poorly formed sentence. Flaubert's Parrot was a pleasure to read for its use of language, for its playful tone, and for its exhaustively researched expedition through literary history. The central conceit regarding obsession (though the thread was expertly woven into the fabric of the novel) was not entirely successful: one is left impressed with the effort, but not particularly moved by [...]

    11. Nije Barns loš pisac.Odličnu je temu izabrao i sjajno poentirao. Za naratora je odredio lekara, zaljubljenika u Flobera, koji se razračunava sa književnim kritičarima i svima ostalima koji brutalno seciraju život pisca da bi pronašli nekakve skrivene smislove i značenja u njegovom delu, a još brutalnije njegova dela da bi pronašli makar kakvu tabloidnu bizarnost koja bi dokazala gnusnost piščeve ličnosti.I sve ih je inteligentno porazio, da. Uključujući i Sartra.Rekla bih da je bi [...]

    12. The Booker jury sometimes behaves like the Oscar one: how else to explain this-- In the year 1984 the following books were short-listed:Flaubert's Parrot by Julian BarnesEmpire of the Sun by J. G. BallardIn Custody by Anita DesaiHotel du Lac by Anita BrooknerAccording to Mark by Penelope LivelySmall by David LodgeAnd  Anita Brookner's jaw-droppingly boring book, pipped Barnes, Ballard & Desai to the post!The same thing happened again in 1998 & 2005, but at least he lost to somewhat good [...]

    13. This is perhaps my least favourite novel by this author. It is still worth reading - he is still one of my favourite authors - it is just that it is missing something, unlike the other novels by him which I don't think are lacking in anything at all. I think this was because at first what I thought this would be about - you know, the 'big themes'- ended up being what the book turned out to be about. Never a particularly fun thing to find out about a book. There isn't much I can say about this, a [...]

    14. I read this book on the train. Originally this was done out of necessity as I was commuting and needed something to stare at so as to avoid the blank eyed gaze of the other commuter drones as they also lumbered too and from a number of non-descript towns in the north in order to earn their daily crust. Many of them look like zombies only the lack of meaty-decay smell informs you that, no, they are in fact still living and allegedly sentient. Sometimes I worry about becoming a commuter zombie (*s [...]

    15. A very funny book which combines fiction and literary criticism in an ingenious manner. However, in one sense it is all one big in-joke about Flaubert, so the more one knows about "l'oncle Gustave," the better one will understand the humour.A second reading has changed my impression of the novel somewhat. Although the previous statement still holds true, and it sparkles with wit and irony, it also has a darker underbelly, so to speak. This book seems to be about the different perspectives one ca [...]

    16. A little too Radio 4 for my liking: pseudo-scholarly musings on Gustave Flaubert, cosier than a cushioned futon in the House of Lords. Mostly diverting and amusing: if a shade pompous and niche (i.e. you don’t have to have read Flaubert to read this, but it helps). Nothing more to add, particularly. Except this edition was so tiny I had to shrink my hands to hold it. Thanks, Picador. Anyway. Did you read about my Guinness World Record in the paper the other day? I am the first man to listen to [...]

    17. Guy gets talking to this doctor on a ferry trip; the doctor just can't understand why his wife killed herself.Flaubert sometimes used to refer to himself as "Gourstave". Barnes translates this as "Flau-bear".And more Flaubert-related musings, vaguely wrapped up as a postmodernist novel. If you're a Madame Bovary fan, you may like it.

    18. This is the second Julian Barnes book that I've read. I equally liked this and his The Sense of an Ending (also 4 stars). Not that they are similar. In fact, they are almost opposites. This is a lot more literary as this dwells solely on the life of Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880) who obviously is a favorite of Julian Barnes while "Sense" is about a story of a non-communicative man and ends up as a loser. Having said that, there is a tinge of sadness in the life of Flaubert when he died as a lonely [...]

    19. Julian Barnes has written a book hard to categorize. Is it a novel? Is it a work of literary criticism? Is it a biography? This work of metafiction defies being fit into a particular genre. True, it is a work of fiction, but Barnes works into it so many features that usually appear elsewhere that the reader is kept continually on his toes. The result is creative, fascinating, and wonderfully entertaining.The narrator of the work is one Geoffrey Braithwaite, a retired physician with a avocational [...]

    20. An entertaining, interesting book. Not only is Barnes clever, he's chuckle-out loud funny in some places, as in the section on the types of books the narrator thinks should not be written. The chapter called "Pure Story" is both beautifully written and heartbreaking.

    21. Gustave Flaubert died in 1880. But this did not prevent Julian Barnes from falling in love with him. Barnes' obsession with him, which only a lover can suffer from, resulted to this book which was first published in 1984, almost a century after the author passed away impoverished, lonely, exhausted and not having finished his swan song, "Bouvard et Pecuchet" (despite its incompleteness it was still good enough to be included in the 1001 list).Any keen follower of my review (and there are, I rep [...]

    22. Postmodern: replete with literary metafiction, ordered lists, chronologies, conscious ironies, and other bullshit. All of this is executed quite well, though. Pleasing to the forebrain.

    23. Flaubert’s Parrot is the fictional literary theory of protagonist Geoffrey Braithwaite, retired doctor and self-proclaimed amateur Flaubert scholar. At times, the novel reads like a biography or a piece of literary criticism, filled with maxims and philosophical interludes about life, love, and art. The writing is often fragmentary; topics jump from Flaubert’s life to the struggles of the Flaubert scholar. Filled with a bit of humor and mystery, Braithwaite tries to identify the real parrot [...]

    24. Flaubert’s Parrot is a witty essay on Flaubert, thinly battered in fiction. The fictional story, of retired physician and Flaubert amateur Geoffrey Braithwaite alone with memories of his adulterous suicide wife (her name is Ellen, not Emma), I found weak and boring. But I kept with it because Braithwaite approximates my favorite kind of first-person narrator: the speculative dreamer, the casual critic; the isolated ideal mind—a phrase I’ve heard—at home in all history. There’s Ishmael, [...]

    25. Flaubert’s life intertwined with the life of a biographer whose wife died. Witty and ingenious as no biography has ever been. I can only compare its novelty of form (in effect) to “Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter” (Mario Vargas Llosa) from what I’ve read. Although, they're totally different. I am not ready yet (not sure if I’ll ever be) to write a review, but I can say however: I enjoyed reading this book a lot. This is Barnes at his best: a light read, but full of quotes I could not h [...]

    26. I have read this marvellous and witty little piece of writing , a real hommage to the memory of Flaubert, his life, connections, relations, family, travels by one erudite nglish doctor Julian Barnes, educated and literary who has taken lifa of Flaubert as a mirror of his own life, as a sport of combat. At first I did not want to writea review especially after seeing and reading intensely interesting and original review. but on second thoughts I want to leave my mark here. Parrots, parrots, parro [...]

    27. Julian Barnes first won my heart in A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters in which there is a chapter written from the point-of-view of a woodworm on Noah's Ark. It was such a refreshing change of pace and I adored it. Since reading that several years ago I have put off reading anything else by Barnes, hoping to retain that feeling lest History was a fluke. I bought a copy of Flaubert's Parrot a while back but kept it on the back burner, again to avoid being disappointed by Barnes, but also [...]

    28. An interesting concept and an excellent execution. At the end you end up liking both Flaubert and Barnes. Entertainer with many witty turns and close observations on Life and Art.Loved the parts in which he talks of relations between Life and Art, Literary Criticism, Obsessive adherence to favourite authors, The difference between the reading of an ordinary reader/lover of literature and the reading of a literary critic.

    29. Sencillamente espectacular el libro que Barnes se saca de la manga: Flaubert, los loros, todo aquello que nunca se atrevio a preguntar sobre la figura del genio frances (y que no encontrara en este libro)Y ademas, te ries cosa mala leyendolo

    30. ακολουθει κριτικη ανθρωπου που αφελεστατα διαβαχωντας τιτλο "ο παπαγαλος του φλωμπερ" δεν του περασε καν απο το μυαλο οτι μπορει να ειναι πραγματικα βιβλιο για τονφλωμπερ(για φαντασου)!!!το εχω ξαναπει οτι τις περισσοτερες φορες δε διαβαζω υποθεσεις κ οπθσθοφυλλα, ειδικα α [...]

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