Flaubert’s Parrot - Julian Barnes 1984 - Jonathan Cape, London - First Edition 'Julian Barnes's wry and graceful book, part novel, part stealthy literary criticism, traces the marks Flaubert made on a forgetting world. The writing is unfailingly sharp and often very funny, and among the best prose I have read in years'. - Sunday Times.

A playful but serious literary investigation follows retired doctor Geoffrey Brathwaite – an amateur Flaubert scholar whose sporadically unfaithful wife has recently committed suicide – as he attempts to ferret out the facts behind several snatches of Flaubert trivia, such as the dimensions of the cab in which Emma Bovary was seduced, and the true identity of the stuffed parrot Flaubert borrowed from the Rouen museum and placed on his desk while he was writing ‘A Simple Heart’.

‘A great success, humane and generous, full of insight and wit, rich and even prodigal in its verbal inventiveness: a book Flaubert would have scorned to write, a book well worth writing’ -
New York Times.

Cover illustration,
Félicité sleeping with parrot, by David Hockney.
  Born in Leicester, England in 1946, Julian Barnes is the author of several books of stories, essays, and numerous novels. He has been the recipient of various literary awards, including the Somerset Maugham Award, the E.M. Forster Award, and the Man Booker Prize, among many others. He currently resides in London.

References: Brooks, ‘Obsessed with the Hermit of Croisset’
The New York Times 1985. www.kirkusreviews.com. www.julianbarnes.com

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