By Susannah Patton
Richly illustrated with maps, old and modern photos, and interval paintings, this guidebook takes travelers and armchair tourists on a stimulating trip during the small cities, rolling hills, and windswept coast of Flaubert’s Normandy. The novelist’s houses and the destinations which are prominently featured in his debatable works are the point of interest of this pictorial shuttle consultant, and contain the traditional city of Rouen, the place Flaubert used to be born in 1821; the hotel city of Trouville and its often painted seashore; Croisset, the place Flaubert’s riverside residence gave him the safe haven to put in writing; and the quiet state city of Ry, which claims to be the place the genuine Madame Bovary lived and died.
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35 A Journey into Flaubert’s Normandy baggy trousers, gazes with nonchalance southward toward the cathedral. The Flaubert family’s first country home was in Déville-lès-Rouen. Flaubert’s connection to his friend continued when Laure married Gustave de Maupassant several years later, and shortly thereafter gave birth to a son, Guy. Guy de Maupassant enrolled at the Collège Royal in 1868, and Flaubert took him under his wing when he saw the boy’s promise as a writer. 36 Guy’s mother lived on the Rue de l’Ecole at the time, and Flaubert and Bouilhet visited her often.
Living for oneself is a bad thing,” Sand wrote. By that time, Flaubert replied, he felt himself too poor and too old to make such a radical change. “The feminine existence has never fitted in with mine,” he wrote. Degas’ Party at the Brothel (1878–79). 45 A Journey into Flaubert’s Normandy A Chronological—but Incomplete—List of Flaubert’s Loves Elisa Schlesinger: Unrequited and idealized love. Flaubert met the older Elisa on the beach in Trouville when he was just fourteen. She became the model for Madame Arnoux in Sentimental Education, and Flaubert stayed in touch with her for the rest of her life.
He remained firm in his resolve never to marry, however, as he was sure marriage would stifle his creativity. Friends continued to remind him, though, that the solitary life came with costs. Writing to Flaubert in 1872, George Sand suggested that he marry to alleviate his loneliness and gloomy mood. “Living for oneself is a bad thing,” Sand wrote. By that time, Flaubert replied, he felt himself too poor and too old to make such a radical change. “The feminine existence has never fitted in with mine,” he wrote.
A Journey Into Flaubert's Normandy (ArtPlace Series) by Susannah Patton