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Vargas Llosa begins by explaining the special meaning Madame Bovary has for him. Then he deals with the story the novel tells and "the sources it uses, the way in which it transforms itself into time and language." Here he examines the "added element" Flaubert joined to his perceptions of realityfor example, his humanizing of objects, his obsession with pairs, and his manipulation of fictional time and narrative. Finally, focusing on such issues as the antihero and interior monologue, the author discusses the place of Madame Bovary in the development of the modern novel. This knowledgeable and highly readable book may not break any new scholarly ground but is valuable as an intelligent introduction and personal appreciation by an important novelist. Richard Kuczkowski, Dir., Continuing Education, Dominican Coll., Blauvelt,
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Mario Vargas Llosa is Peru's foremost author and the winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature. In 1994 he was awarded the Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world's most distinguished literary honor, and in 1995 he won the Jerusalem Prize. His many distinguished works include The Storyteller, The Feast of the Goat, Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter, Death in the Andes, In Praise of the Stepmother, The Bad Girl, Conversation in the Cathedral, The Way to Paradise, and The War of the End of the World. He lives in London.

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Wonderful Dec 3 2012
By Juvstahl - Published on Amazon.com
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I recommend this book to anyone who likes Madam Bovary, and to anyone who doesn't like it as well! This book made me appreciated Madam Bovary A LOT more and view it quite differently. It's very well written and extremely "nerdy". If you are an aspiring writer, it's also interesting to follow the work process of Flaubert, which is closely dissected here.
5 of 15 people found the following review helpful
literature is one perpetual orgy Aug. 2 2008
By Ethem Alpaydin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is about Mme Bovary, Flaubert and writing fiction. What is fiction, who is an author and why does he write?

" 'The race of gladiators is not dead; every artist is one. He amuses the public with his agonies'. The truth is that, by writing about them, 'agonies' are mitigated; literature exorcises them or makes them endurable." (p. 89)


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