In Julian Barnes’ compelling novel, a middle-aged man is forced to reconsider his life when he is confronted with his imperfectly remembered past.
As Julian Barnes’ enigmatic narrator investigates the life and art of Flaubert, so he reveals his own secrets in this witty weave of fact and fiction.
Geoffrey Braithwaite is the learned and querulous narrator of this inquiry into the mysteries of Gustave Flaubert and his art, and into the facts of his own marriage to the adulteress he adored. As part of his mission to unravel the supposed secrets of the long-dead author, Braithwaite travels to France on an absurd quest to find the stuffed parrot Flaubert kept on his desk for inspiration.
About the AuthorJulian Barnes is the author of 13 novels, including The Sense of an Ending, which won the 2011 Booker Prize.