A Journey Into Flaubert's Normandy (ArtPlace)

A Journey Into Flaubert's Normandy (ArtPlace)

Susannah Patton

Language: English

Pages: 145

ISBN: 0976670682

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Richly illustrated with maps, historical and contemporary photographs, and period artwork, this guidebook takes tourists and armchair travelers on a stimulating journey through the small towns, rolling hills, and windswept coast of Flaubert’s Normandy. The novelist’s homes and the locations that are prominently featured in his controversial works are the focus of this pictorial travel guide, and include the ancient town of Rouen, where Flaubert was born in 1821; the resort town of Trouville and its frequently painted beach; Croisset, where Flaubert’s riverside house gave him the refuge to write; and the quiet country town of Ry, which claims to be where the real Madame Bovary lived and died.

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muscle and sound of gold. . . . Yes, he who has never woken up in a nameless bed, who has never seen sleeping on his pillow a face he will never see again, is missing a great deal.” Fascination with prostitutes also had its downside. Like many of his friends, Flaubert suffered from the symptoms of (and treatment for) syphilis for much of his life. In his Dictionary of Accepted Ideas, he defines the illness as a common malady: “Syphilis: Everybody has it, more or less.” The standard treatment at

wandering the beach and the cliffs that rose above the water. The Flaubert family returned for several summers. In 1842, taking a break from law studies in Paris, Flaubert came to meet his family in Trouville and described his 49 A Journey into Flaubert’s Normandy joy at rediscovering the place. “I arrived, on foot, in wonderful moonlight, at three in the morning. I can still remember the canvas jacket and the stick I was carrying and the exhilaration I felt when I caught the salt smell of

Caroline. In the mid-1870s, in the years following Madame Flaubert’s death, the lumber industry suffered and Commanville faced financial ruin. To save the Commanvilles from bankruptcy, Flaubert agreed to sell his only property—a farm in Deauville that was his chief source of income. Despite the conflict and financial hardship, Flaubert remained devoted to his niece, perhaps remembering that he had played a part in urging her to marry Commanville even as she had sobbed and protested. Death and

miles north of Ry—the château and garden provide a sharp contrast to the surrounding agricultural landscape. Giant ants made of steel appear to march across a vast lawn; a bronze form of a woman reclines on a chair; bronze figures embrace in the middle of a field. Sculptor Jean-Marc de Pas inherited the Bois-Guilbert château and has turned the grounds into a vast sculpture garden. 101 Chapter 6 Pont-l’Evêque “Thus it is with all our dreams” B y the time he had reached his early fifties,

two o’clock yesterday . . .”: Flaubert, letter to Louise Colet, December 23, 1853, Letters 1830–1857, 203. Notes 88: “Smoked three pipes . . .”: Flaubert, Madame Bovary, 230. 93: “Then, late in September . . .”: Flaubert, Madame Bovary, 51. 88: “My wretched novel . . .”: Flaubert, letter to Louis Bouilhet, September 1855, Letters, 1830–1857, 217. 94: “At the end of the village . . .”: Description of Yonville-l’Abbaye is from Madame Bovary, Part Two, Chapter 1. 88: “At any moment . . .”:

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