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(10/19/2008) Flaubert's Parrot by Julian Barnes. London. 1984. Jonathan Cape. keywords: Literature England Flaubert. 190 pages. Cover art - David Hockney, 'Felicite Sleeping with Parrot'. 0224022229.

FROM THE PUBLISHER -

   Julian Barnes's first novel, METROLAND, won 1981 Somerset Maugham Award. His second novel, BEFORE SHE MET ME, was chosen by Philip Larkin as one of his Books of the Year. His third book, FLAUBERT'S PARROT, is his most extraordinary so far. It 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 by turns moving and entertaining, witty and scholarly, FLAUBERT'S PARROT is a work of technical audacity, a compelling weave of fiction and imaginatively ordered fact. The result is a tour de force of seductive originality. FROM THE AMERICAN EDITION - FLAUBERT'S PARROT - a novel in disguise - is part literary criticism, part ironic fantasy, part biographical essay, part Pure Story, part scholarly sleuthing, part imaginary travelogue, and part Flaubert! It is a novel that constantly surprises. A novel whose inspiration, whose animating spirit, whose very raison d'etre is Flaubert himself - the man, the writer, his works of fiction and his entire aesthetic legacy, his passions, his prejudices, and, of course, his parrot: the stuffed bird he borrowed from a local museum and kept on his desk as he was writing 'A Simple Heart,' in which a parrot looms symbolically large. A novel peppered with clues to the truth about its enigmatic narrator: Geoffrey Braithwaite, a retired English physician and obsessive amateur Flaubert scholar, an intensely private man whose own moving story emerges through his highly idiosyncratic ordering and presentation of certain things he knows about Flaubert. A novel whose true protagonists - invisible but omnipresent -- are Life and Art, in constant collision, strange. bedfellows on every page: as Flaubert's life is revealed to be mirrored in his art, as Braithwaite's art borrows from Flaubert's, as Flaubert's art encroaches on Braithwaite's life, and so on in ever more remarkable permutations. A novel that astonishes and entertains as it playfully dons a variety of masks, becoming for a while a dictionary, an interrogation, a story, a bestiary, an essay, a chronology, an exam. A novel that speaks to us about matters of love and infidelity, language and hubris, pedantry and progress, about the difficulty of ever really knowing another person, about the possible importance of books that remain forever unwritten, about the limits to our knowledge and understanding of the past, and about the extent to which all of us inherit our own identity. A dazzling act of literary legerdemain. A brilliantly original and imaginative work of fiction.

 

 

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