Monday, September 15, 2008

Beaten by Bovary

Nashville pics probably coming tomorrow -- I'm a bit lazy plus returning to work today.

#38 -- "Something to Declare" by Julian Barnes

This probably suffers a bit because I wanted it to be something it isn't, and also because I don't share the author's interests. I'd expected it to be a France-oriented version of "Letters From London," and that's not the case -- it does start off with little essays on French culture, some of which are pretty fascinating (on the Tour de France, for instance), others not so much, but still well-written.

The second half-plus of the book is all about Flaubert and his circle, and again well-written, and I can wholeheartedly recommend it if you're really, really (as Barnes is) into Flaubert. I'm not. One essay would have been enough for me -- there's ten, though, and I found myself losing interest pretty fast.

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