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review 2013-11-14 06:15
Rambling Papagei
Flaubert's Parrot - Julian Barnes

Despite my fondness for rambling stories, this one didn't enchant me that much. I love a lot of thing about it, Flaubert's life timeline seen from 2 different point of views were great. Also the chapter about animals representation. But some chapters were just tedious and got me counting pages to the end. It was actually a surprise to me that Barnes brought out the matter about Flaubert's parrot at the end; though the supposedly poignant conclusion didn't cut ice with me. If I were to read it again I'd read the first chapter, jump to the end to follow the conclusion then read the rambling chapters in leisure.

 

All in all it was interesting. According to my GR database I've read Madame Bovary to the end but I'm not sure I did; at least it didn't create lasting impression the way Thomas Hardy's Far from Madding Crowd did. So I basically read a "biography" of a complete stranger/writer; would need to rectify that. Anyway, I did get interested to Flaubert because of this book and it's always a good thing.

 

About Julian Barnes' writing itself, he always sit on the fence for me. i've read one of his book to the end and another one started but couldn't finish it. I wouldn't look for his book specifically but might be tempted to read if I found an interesting ones.

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review 2013-11-14 00:00
Flaubert's Parrot
Flaubert's Parrot - Julian Barnes dua burung kakaktua
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review 2013-05-30 00:00
Flaubert's Parrot
Flaubert's Parrot - Julian Barnes Flaubert's Parrot - Julian Barnes To me, this book was a disappointment... I think Barnes had better written a biography of Flaubert in stead of this novel, that to me was not a novel at all.

Other thoughts/reviews:

Col Reads: http://colreads.blogspot.be/2013/04/julian-barnes-flauberts-parrot-is.html
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review 2013-04-20 00:00
Flaubert's Parrot - Julian Barnes After reading [b:The Sense of an Ending|10746542|The Sense of an Ending|Julian Barnes|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1311704453s/10746542.jpg|15657664], I was very keen to read another Julian Barnes book. "Flaubert’s Parrot" seems to be his most famous, and I remember reading glowing reviews way back around the time it came out, so I set out to read it.

The narrator of this exploration of Flaubert seems a completely uninteresting person, and his voice is surprisingly similar to that of the narrator in "The Sense of an Ending." Like that book, though, there is a bit of a twist that makes him more intriguing, despite the dull surface. In this case, it’s what he has in common with Charles Bovary, the cuckolded husband of Flaubert’s most famous character. His fascination with Flaubert is part of trying to make sense of his own life.

Still, about 3/4s through, in the chapter reimagining Flaubert’s lover Louise Colet, I began to weary, and wonder why I should care about this “story,” not being a huge Flaubert fan. I said to myself that what this book needs is more darkness. It needs despair. Luckily, right after that chapter, while we don’t get despair, we get a very lively and funny “dictionary” of Flaubert trivia with things like:

Bouilhet, Louis: The less successful Doppelgänger that every great man needs.

Epilepsy: Stratagem enabling Flaubert to sidestep a conventional career, and Flaubert the man to sidestep life. The question is merely at what psychological level the tactic was evolved. Were his symptoms intense psychosomatic phenomena? It would be too banal if he simply had epilepsy.

And right after that we get the chapter “Pure Story,” which has despair to spare, and plenty of dark. I won’t say this novel dazzles, but it was well executed and worthwhile. I will read more Barnes.
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review 2013-04-13 00:00
Flaubert's Parrot
Flaubert's Parrot - Julian Barnes Prvo, ne mogu da verujem da je isti čovek napiao ovu knjigu i http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/110973.Before_She_Met_Me. Opet, s rezervom da drugu nisam shvatila na pravi način onda kad sam je čitala.,,Floberov papagaj" me je duže vreme vukao iz potpuno iracionalnih razloga. Donela sam dobru odluku da se prvo bolje upoznam sa bar jednim Floberovim delom, pa tek onda pristupim ovoj knjizi. I oduševila sam se! ,,Floberov papagaj" je igra. Pisac se sve vreme igra s vama, a vi ne želite da ta igra prestane. Otvara brojna pitanja, smisao biografiziranja i uopšte bavljenja umetničkom ličnošću i zadiranja u piščevu intimu, granice između stvarnosti i fikcije, eskapizam savremenog čoveka... Dugo, dugo mi se nije desilo da me ovako zavede delo koje bi delimično moglo spadati u neku vrstu komercijalne književnosti. Bilo mi je žao da završim. Motivisana sam da se dublje pozabavim i Floberom i Barnsom.
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