By Susannah Patton

Richly illustrated with maps, ancient and modern pictures, and interval art, this guidebook takes travelers and armchair tourists on a stimulating trip throughout the small cities, rolling hills, and windswept coast of Flaubert’s Normandy. The novelist’s houses and the destinations which are prominently featured in his debatable works are the focal point of this pictorial trip consultant, and comprise the traditional city of Rouen, the place Flaubert was once born in 1821; the hotel city of Trouville and its often painted seashore; Croisset, the place Flaubert’s riverside apartment gave him the safe haven to jot down; and the quiet state city of Ry, which claims to be the place the genuine Madame Bovary lived and died.

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Rouen society, made up largely of wealthy merchants and textile manufacturers, respected the doctor for his medical achievements and stature among the country’s top doctors, even if his views were more liberal than some in this conservatively inclined city. ” 26 Flaubert and his siblings also admired their father and spent their playtime watching him work. Even before he started school, Flaubert and his siblings peered in at dissections, observed the mentally ill, and examined human skulls. At the age of five or six, he later told the writer George Sand in a letter that he had wanted to “send my heart to a little girl I was in love with (I mean my actual heart).

Henry V went on to take much of Normandy, including Caen and Rouen. Henry died in 1422, leaving an infant son who would be crowned Henry VI of England and also king of France, but much of France remained loyal to Charles VI’s son, and after the appearance of Joan of Arc, the tide of war began to turn. By 1449, the French had retaken Rouen. Normandy—and France—had been 48 A sketch of the beach at Trouville from 1845. devastated by the years of war, but French nationalism had been awakened. In the end, the Hundred Years’ War helped accelerate France’s transformation from a feudal monarchy to a centralized state.

Flaubert equated marriage with giving in to the bourgeois lifestyle, a middle road that killed creativity. Le Poittevin went on to die in his thirties in 1848, and Flaubert maintained close ties with his sister, Laure, for most of his life. Guy de Maupassant, a prolific writer and fellow Norman, was a family friend who relied on Flaubert for both literary advice and fatherly affection. story of a prostitute. “I’m impatient to tell you I consider ‘Boule de Suif’ a masterpiece,” Flaubert wrote. ” Flaubert was right: de Maupassant’s work did stand the test of time.

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