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Three Short Works

Three Short Works by Gustave Flaubert
By: (1821-1880)

Three Short Works by Gustave Flaubert is a collection of three captivating and thought-provoking stories that showcase Flaubert's mastery of storytelling and his keen insight into human nature.

The first story, "A Simple Heart," follows the life of Félicité, a devoted servant with a pure and innocent heart. Despite facing hardships and disappointments, Félicité's unwavering love and loyalty shine through, making her a truly unforgettable character.

In "The Legend of Saint Julian the Hospitaller," Flaubert explores themes of redemption and fate through the tragic tale of a nobleman who is destined to commit a terrible crime. The story is filled with rich symbolism and vivid imagery, leaving a lasting impact on the reader.

The final story, "Herodias," reimagines the biblical tale of the death of John the Baptist, focusing on the complex relationships and power dynamics at play in the court of King Herod. Flaubert's vivid descriptions and psychological depth bring this ancient story to life in a fresh and compelling way.

Overall, Three Short Works by Gustave Flaubert is a must-read for fans of classic literature and anyone interested in exploring the complexities of human emotion and behavior. Flaubert's meticulous attention to detail and profound understanding of his characters make each story a rich and rewarding reading experience.

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Here is a collection of strikingly different pieces by Flaubert: a prose poem in the voices of Death, Satan and Nero; the trials and apotheosis of a medieval saint; and the life of a selfless maid in 19th century France. Each exhibits the vigorous exactness, and the mixture of realism and romanticism, for which Flaubert is renowned.

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