By Susannah Patton
Richly illustrated with maps, ancient and modern photos, and interval paintings, this guidebook takes travelers and armchair tourists on a stimulating trip in the course of the small cities, rolling hills, and windswept coast of Flaubert’s Normandy. The novelist’s houses and the destinations which are prominently featured in his debatable works are the point of interest of this pictorial commute advisor, and comprise the traditional city of Rouen, the place Flaubert was once born in 1821; the lodge city of Trouville and its usually painted seashore; Croisset, the place Flaubert’s riverside residence gave him the shelter to put in writing; and the quiet kingdom city of Ry, which claims to be the place the true Madame Bovary lived and died.
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A Meeting at the Cathedral The Cathédrale Notre-Dame defines the skyline of Rouen and has always added to the city’s sense of pride. It has also been the target of attackers over the centuries. inhabitants, he liked to show the city off to visiting friends. In 1866, the writer George Sand came to visit and wrote this in her diary: “I arrived in Rouen at one o’clock. Found Flaubert waiting at the station with a carriage. He showed me around the town and the sights: the cathedral, the city hall, Saint-Maclou, SaintPatrice: marvelous.
School discipline remained strict, however, with students following a military-like regime that included getting up at the crack of dawn and marching around in the freezing cold in orderly lines. The school is scarcely a mile from the Hôtel Dieu, but at the time it was considered an important part of education to separate the young child from the family, so Flaubert was enrolled as a boarder. He was a brilliant student, although the austere atmosphere and strict discipline began to grate on him and would color his Rouen: Norman Capital later writings about the period.
I have had mine bricked up, but it is still there. —Flaubert, letter to his friend Amélie Bosquet, 1859 I n July 1836, Flaubert met the love of his life, Elisa Schlesinger. He was fourteen, a schoolboy vacationing with his family at a fishing village on the Normandy coast. She was a twentyfive-year-old mother of an infant, visiting the seaside town with the baby’s father. According to his autobiographical novel Memoirs of a Madman, written when he was sixteen, he found the woman’s fur-lined cloak lying on the damp sand and moved it to a drier part of the beach.