Bouvard And Pecuchet: With The Dictionary Of Received Ideas

Paperback | June 24, 1976

byGustave FlaubertTranslated byA. J. KrailsheimerIntroduction byA. J. Krailsheimer

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Bouvard and Pécuchet are two Chaplinesque copy-clerks who meet on a park bench in Paris. Following an unexpected inheritance, they decide to give up their jobs and explore the world of ideas.

In this, his last novel, unfinished on his death in 1880, Flaubert attempted to encompass his lifelong preoccupation with bourgeois stupidity and his disgust at the banalities of intellectual life in France. Into it he poured all his love of detail, his delight in the life of the mind, his despair of human nature, and his pleasure in passionate friendship. The result is “a kind of encyclopedia made into farce,” wholly grotesque and wholly original, in the spirit of Gargantua and Pantagruel, Don Quixote or Ulysses.

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 When two Chaplinesque copy-clerks who meet on a park bench in Paris receive an unexpected inheritance, they quit their jobs and decide to explore the world of ideas. Bouvard and Pecuchet is literary icon Gustave Flaubert’s last novel. Encompassing the themes of his lifelong preoccupation with bourgeois stupidity, this novel expresses ...

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Bouvard and Pécuchet are two Chaplinesque copy-clerks who meet on a park bench in Paris. Following an unexpected inheritance, they decide to give up their jobs and explore the world of ideas. In this, his last novel, unfinished on his death in 1880, Flaubert attempted to encompass his lifelong preoccupation with bourgeois stupidity and...

Gustave Flaubert was born in Rouen in 1821, the son of a prominent physician. A solitary child, he was attracted to literature at an early age, and after his recovery from a nervous breakdown suffered while a law student, he turned his total energies to writing. Aside from journeys to the Near East, Greece, Italy, and North Africa, and...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.4 × 5.4 × 0.7 inPublished:June 24, 1976Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0140443207

ISBN - 13:9780140443202

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When two Chaplinesque copy-clerks who meet on a park bench in Paris receive an unexpected inheritance, they quit their jobs and decide to explore the world of ideas. Bouvard and Pecuchet is literary icon Gustave Flaubert’s last novel. Encompassing the themes of his lifelong preoccupation with bourgeois stupidity, this novel expresses a delight and despair in human nature.