10 August 2011

Book Review: A Simple Heart by Gustave Flaubert

Is this novella the source of Flaubert's parrot? Or is the parrot a leitmotif in Flaubert's work?

This is a simple tale of Félicité who spends her whole life looking for love. The longterm housekeeper for Madame Aubin, Félicité's opportunities for love are perhaps not as many as they might be for someone with a higher position in society. Over the years she pours herself into work and her love into her charges, her boss, her nephew, and ultimately her parrot.

The Verdict: I found Félicité's simple heart and her simple life to be intensely moving and really enjoyed A Simple Heart.



  1. I've never read Flaubert. This novella may be a good place to start. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  2. I do believe this was my first Flaubert.

  3. Isn't this s a wonderful story.
    A vintage postcard reminded us so strongly of Felicite of the Simple Heart we bought it, we also visited Pont l'Eveque to see her home for ourselves!
    Have a look at the postcard and more here http://www.normandythenandnow.com/a-simple-heart-at-pont-leveque/


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