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Bouvard and Pécuchet

Author: Gustave Flaubert; D F Hannigan; H S Nichols
Publisher: London : H. S. Nichols, 3 Soho Square & 62a Piccadilly W, 1896.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : Authorised editionView all editions and formats
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Bouvard and Pecuchet opens with two middle-aged copy-clerks who become fast friends after meeting on a city bench and discovering their shared habit of writing their names in their hats: "I should say so! Someone could walk off with mine at the office!" When a small inheritance allows Bouvard and Pecuchet to retire early and move to the country, they use their newfound leisure time to satisfy their curiosity about  Read more...
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Flaubert, Gustave, 1821-1880.
Bouvard and Pécuchet.
London, H.S. Nichols, 1896
(OCoLC)583557837
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gustave Flaubert; D F Hannigan; H S Nichols
OCLC Number: 2787310
Notes: Title page in red and black.
Added title page, illustrated.
Decorated initials and head- and tail-pieces in red.
Description: xii pages, 4 unnumbered pages, 458 pages, 8 unnumbered leaves of plates : frontispiece, illustrations ; 20 cm
Other Titles: Bouvard et Pécuchet.
Responsibility: Gustave Flaubert ; translated from the French with an introduction by D. F. Hannigan, LL.B., Barrister-at-law ; illustrated with nine original designs after S. Górski.

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Bouvard and Pecuchet opens with two middle-aged copy-clerks who become fast friends after meeting on a city bench and discovering their shared habit of writing their names in their hats: "I should say so! Someone could walk off with mine at the office!" When a small inheritance allows Bouvard and Pecuchet to retire early and move to the country, they use their newfound leisure time to satisfy their curiosity about all the things they'd been too busy to study in the city. Flaubert shows his unlikely protagonists diving disastrously into everything from farming and politics to literature and love, and coming up empty-handed each time - until, finally, their obsessive pursuit of knowledge becomes an end in itself.

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