Savage Reprisals: Bleak House, Madame Bovary, Buddenbrooks by Peter Gay


Savage Reprisals: Bleak House, Madame Bovary, BuddenbrooksSavage Reprisals: Bleak House, Madame Bovary, Buddenbrooks by Peter Gay

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.

Page 17:

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.

Page 20:

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.

Page 21:

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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