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Sentimental Education (Penguin Classics) (Paperback)

by Gustave Flaubert

Unruly Characters: A Conversation with Kelly Link and Keith Lee Morris 0

I wrote the last sentence of the story first, and then the next to last sentence, and so on for as long as I could — maybe I could have done it all the way back, but at a certain point I got really interested in figuring out how it started.

A Life on the Rocks: Steve Toltz's 'Quicksand' 1

There’ll always be a place for the sad sack in fiction, heroes of topsy-turvy Bildungsromans who regress or stall rather than develop.

Sentimental Educations: Alberto Moravia's Contempt and Agostino 0

Moravia suggests that ratiocination is a poor substitute for taste. One of his great themes is how sensibility is wrecked by negotiations with other people, other classes, other individuals, and thereby reinvigorated.

The Art of Close Writing 10

Close writing really is an amazing thing. Consider that this essay right now has been narrated in the third person, and yet there is no question as to what Clark's opinions are.

Bad Romance: Madame Bovary, Translated by Lydia Davis 8

Given Flaubert’s obsession with style and craft, any translation of Madame Bovary into English requires not merely competence but a touch of full-on windmill-charging madness.  Lydia Davis has this madness, tempered by a Flaubertian fastidiousness and dedication to language.  The results are exhilarating.

On My Shelves 7

Sometimes I wish I were that man in the Twilight Zone episode who finds himself in the ruins of a public library, with lots of food and all the time in the world to read all the books he wants.

Splendid Things Gleaming in the Dust by Andrew Saikali 5