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Flaubert's Parrot

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Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction. 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 imaginatively ordered fact, Flaubert's Parrot is by turns moving and entertaining, witty and scholarly, and a tour de force of seductive originality.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 16mm | 140.61g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • VINTAGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099540088
  • 9780099540083
  • 56,085

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"Barnes manages to be erudite but extremely funny too... You never know what Barnes is going to do next and I admire that.'" -- Caroline Rees Daily Express "Delightful and enriching... A book to revel in" -- Joseph Heller "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 "Unputdownable... A mesmeric original" -- Philip Larkinshow more

About Julian Barnes

Julian Barnes is the author of eleven novels, including Metroland, Flaubert's Parrot, Arthur & George and most recently The Sense of an Ending, which won the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. He has also written three books of short stories, Cross Channel, The Lemon Table and Pulse; and three collections of journalism, Letters from London, Something to Declare and The Pedant in the Kitchen. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages. In France he is the only British writer to have won both the Prix Medicis (for Flaubert's Parrot) and the Prix Femina (for Talking it Over). In 2004 he received the Austrian State Prize for European Literature, and in 2011 he was awarded the David Cohen Prize for Literature. He lives in London.show more

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"Unputdownable... A mesmeric original"show more

Back cover copy

'An intricate and delightful novel' Graham Greene 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 imaginatively ordered fact, Flaubert's Parrot is by turns moving and entertaining, witty and scholarly, and a tour de force of seductive originality 'Delightful and enriching...A book to revel in' Joseph Heller 'A wry and graceful book, part novel, part literary criticism...the writing is unfailing sharp and often very funny, and among the best prose I have read in years' Sunday Times 'Endless food for thought, beautifully written...a tour de force' Germaine Greer 'A gem: an unashamed literary novel that is also unashamed to be readable...Bravo!' John Irvingshow more

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