Geoffrey Wall gives us Flaubert in all his contradictory splendor: as a man who lived quietly at home in the sphere of his widowed mother, writing novels at a rate of five words an hour; as an irregular visitor to Paris, where he participated in important literary and social milieus; and as a passionate traveler whose trips put him in company with courtesans, actresses, acrobats, gypsies, idiots, and simpletons of every stripe, until he returned home "to live like an oyster." Flaubert's outwardly calm and inwardly turbulent life created the complex, intriguing world of his imperishable novels and stories.
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"Gustav Flaubert was one of France's greatest writers. Best-known for his first novel, MADAME BOVARY, Flaubert was a great stylist and a literary perfectionist. As is the case with many nineteenth-century authors, his life tells us a lot about his times. John Lee's avuncular tone fits well in this fireside-type reading of Flaubert's life story. Lee sounds interested in the details and keeps the listener interested as well. His pronunciation of French names won't distract those who speak the language but won't confuse listeners unfamiliar with French. Anyone interested in French literature, or the nineteenth century in general, will find this an enlightening listen. K.M. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine"
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