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By Gustave Flaubert, A. J. Krailsheimer (Translator), A. J. Krailsheimer (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780140443202
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Published: Penguin Books - June 24th, 1976

In an act of staggering restraint, Flaubert confines his original mind to the unoriginal exploits of two professional copyists who embody the banality of bourgeois life even more consummately than Emma Bovary does. If this strange encyclopedia of lame ideas, derivative dreams and flopped attempts doesn't make you fall out of your seat laughing, I will wear black to curse the reign of averageness and mourn the death of irony in America.