My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This book is made basically of 3 essays based on the literary criticism of 3 unforgettable novels, as below:
The Angry Anarchist: Charles Dickens in Bleak House.
The Phobic Anatomist: Gustave Flaubert in Madame Bovary.
The Multinous Patrician: Thomas Mann in Buddenbrooks.
In fact, it is fair to say that well into the twentieth century, novelists across Europe and the United States were firmly committed to the Reality Principle.
The Realist novel cuts the world apart and put it together again in distinctive ways…they profess that the world they are constructing is authentic.
To be sure, there is more than one way of reading a novel: as a source of civilized pleasures, as a didactic instrument serving self-improvement, as a document opening doors to its culture.
Despite the effort made by the author, the analyses of the 3 novels covered by this book are fairly connected in such way that you may read each session without reading the previous or the following ones.
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