The Legend of Saint Julian the Hospitaller
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Born into a comfortable French family in a quiet town, Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880) wrote from an early age. Flaubert left home to attend law school in Paris. However, the bustling metropolis was not to his liking, and the young man returned to his family home, where he would remain for the rest of his life. Flaubert traveled often, visiting such exotic locales as Greece and Egypt. His mind was opened, and his imagination sparked. He found his calling as a writer and began publishing books soon afterwards. Flaubert's second novel, Madame Bovary, would bring him the most fame and notoriety. Both the author and his publisher were brought to trial over the novel's scandalous story of a respectable wife’s fall from grace into adultery. Society was not ready for Emma Bovary and Flaubert's frank portrayal of her boredom, despair, and turn to sexual transgression. Flaubert was not discouraged from pursuing his art, despite the public's harsh reaction to his work. He went on to write The Sentimental Education, and Bouvard and Pecuchet, novels that to this day, along with Madame Bovary, represent a groundbreaking artistic commitment to honesty and unflinching realism.Back to top
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Julian's father and mother dwelt in a castle built on the slope of a hill, in the heart of the woods.
The towers at its four corners had pointed roofs covered with leaden tiles, and the foundation rested upon solid rocks, which descended abruptly to the bottom of the moat.
In the courtyard, the ...
Reviewed by dreamdust on May 21, 2010
So profoundly disturbing on so many levels...no wonder it is part of a larger modern novel.
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