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Bouvard and Pécuchet by Gustave Flaubert (Book Analysis): Detailed Summary, Analysis and Reading Guide

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This engaging summary presents an analysis of Bouvard and Pécuchet by Gustave Flaubert, who died before completing the novel. It was published posthumously in 1881, the year after the author’s death, in its unfinished form. The novel follows the two eponymous heroes as they embark on a rather unusual journey of scientific discovery, flitting between their constantly changing fields of interest and meeting with nothing but disappointment and failure. Flaubert, who intended this novel to act as a kind of “encyclopaedia of human stupidity” (which he also considered using as the novel’s sub-title), is considered one of the greatest French writers of the 19th century, and one of the pioneers of literary realism.

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