A Sentimental Education

A Sentimental Education

Paperback Wordsworth Classics of World Literature

By (author) Gustave Flaubert, Translated by Adrianne Tooke, Introduction by Adrianne Tooke, Series edited by Tom Griffith


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  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 480 pages
  • Dimensions: 126mm x 192mm x 28mm | 299g
  • Publication date: 5 December 2001
  • Publication City/Country: Herts
  • ISBN 10: 1840221216
  • ISBN 13: 9781840221213
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 151,210

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With an Introduction and revised translation by Adrianne Tooke. 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.

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