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Sentimental Education (Penguin Classics) (Paperback)

by Gustave Flaubert

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