Saturday, November 18, 2006

Nabokov on Flaubert

"We now start to enjoy yet another masterpiece, yet another fairy tale. Of all the fairy tales in this series, Flaubert's novel Madame Bovary is the most romantic. Stylistically it is prose doing what poetry is supposed to do."

My bookclub for writers meets on Monday, and we will be discussing Madame B. I recommended the Francis Steegmuller translation.



The essays are, of course, written by Nabokov, with an introduction by Updike. Don't get me started on Amazon's inability to self-edit.

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