Flaubert's Parrot

Flaubert's Parrot

Paperback

By (author) Julian Barnes

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  • Publisher: PICADOR
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 194mm x 16mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 8 November 1985
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0330289764
  • ISBN 13: 9780330289764
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 300,912

Product description

Which of two stuffed parrots was the inspiration for one of Flaubert's greatest stories? Why did the master keep changing the colour of Emma Bovary's eyes? And why should it matter so much to Geoffrey Braithwaite, a retired doctor haunted by a private secret? In "Flaubert's Parrot", Julian Barnes spins out a multiple mystery of obsession and betrayal (both scholarly and romantic) and creates an exuberant enquiry into the ways in which art mirrors life and then turns around to shape it. "A gem: an unashamed literary novel that is also unashamed to be readable, and broadly entertaining. Bravo!" - John Irving. "Endless food for thought, beautifully written ...A tour de force" - Germaine Greer. "Delightful and enriching ...A book to read" - Joseph Heller. "A dazzling achievement ...remarkably inventive as well as audacious" - Walter Abish. "A delight ...Handsomely the best novel published in England in 1984" - John Fowles.

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Author information

Julian Barnes has published nine novels, Metroland, Before She Met Me , Flaubert's Parrot, Staring at the Sun, A History of the World in 10 Chapters, Talking It Over, The Porcupine, England, England and Love, etc; two books of short stories, Cross Channel and The Lemon Table; and also two collections of essays, Letters from London and Something to Declare. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages. In France he is the only writer to have won both the Prix Medicis (for Flaubert's Parrot ) and the Prix Femina (for Talking It Over). In 1993 he was awarded the Shakespeare Prize by the FVS Foundation of Hamburg. He lives in London.

Editorial reviews

Being an extended essay on Flaubert himself, as well as a novel, this ingenious book becomes a highly skilful mix of serious analysis, wit and literary experiment. It is the story of a retired English doctor as he makes a pilgrimage through the life and art of Gustave Flaubert, whose work he has always respected. As he meditates on this lifelong passion, he reveals as much about himself as he does on Flaubert. Shortlisted for the 1984 Booker Prize, and winner of several other awards. (Kirkus UK)