Flaubert’s Normandy


Susannah Patton

In Madame Bovary, as in his other books, Gustave Flaubert reveals his love-hate relationship with Normandy. Set along the northern French coast, the region is steeped in history and beguilingly beautiful, but in Flaubert’s time it was also stiflingly close-minded.  A Journey into Flaubert’s Normandy, a fascinating, lively, and informative book—richly illustrated with 19th-century art, modern and archival photos, and custom-designed street maps—allows both tourists and armchair travelers to visit the novelist’s homes, some of which are now museums, and to discover the locations that featured prominently in his controversial work and colorful private life.

Susannah Patton takes the reader to Rouen, with its stunning cathedral; to the resort town of Trouville and its much-painted beach; to Croisset, where Flaubert’s riverside house gave him the refuge to write; to the quiet country town of Ry, where the real Madame Bovary lived and died; and to pastoral Pont L’Eveque.

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Susannah Patton lived and worked as a journalist in France for many years.

ISBN: 978-0976670681 • $21.95 print • $9.95 ebook

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