Flaubert's Parrot: A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters (Hardback)
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Short Description for Flaubert's Parrot Original copyrights: Flaubert's parrot, 1984; History of the world in 10 1/2 chapters, 1989.
- Published: 02 October 2012
- Format: Hardback 449 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780307961433 ISBN 10: 0307961435
- Sales rank: 593,448
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Full description for Flaubert's Parrot
An Everyman's Library hardcover omnibus edition of two of the Booker Prize-winning author's earliest and most admired novels, neither of which has been available in hardcover for more than two decades. With full-cloth binding, a silk ribbon marker, a chronology, and a new introduction. "Flaubert's Parrot," Julian Barnes's breakthrough book--shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1984--is the story of Geoffrey Braithwaite, a retired doctor who is obsessed with the French author and with tracking down a stuffed parrot that once inspired him. Barnes playfully combines a literary detective story with a character study of its detective, embedded in a brilliant riff on literary genius. "A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters" is a mix of fictional and historical narratives of voyage and discovery--ranging from a woodworm's perspective on Noah's ark to a survivor from the sinking of the "Titanic"--that question our ideas of history. One of his most inventive works, it was praised by Salman Rushdie as "frequently brilliant, funny, thoughtful, iconoclastic, and a delight to read."