By Susannah Patton
Richly illustrated with maps, old and modern images, and interval art, this guidebook takes travelers and armchair tourists on a stimulating trip throughout the small cities, rolling hills, and windswept coast of Flaubert’s Normandy. The novelist’s houses and the destinations which are prominently featured in his arguable works are the point of interest of this pictorial shuttle consultant, and contain the traditional city of Rouen, the place Flaubert was once born in 1821; the hotel city of Trouville and its usually painted seashore; Croisset, the place Flaubert’s riverside apartment gave him the safe haven to jot down; and the quiet nation city of Ry, which claims to be the place the genuine Madame Bovary lived and died.
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In April 1844, the family bought a country house on the outskirts of Rouen in the village of Croisset. The large, white eighteenth-century house looked out on the Seine and what was then pastoral countryside just northwest of the city. But the family’s happy life was about to change drastically. That same year, Gustave had his first epileptic attack, leading him to abandon law studies in Paris for the calm of Croisset. Just two years later, his father died from an infected wound on his thigh, and several months later Flaubert’s sister, Caroline, died of childbirth complications.
A Meeting at the Cathedral The Cathédrale Notre-Dame defines the skyline of Rouen and has always added to the city’s sense of pride. It has also been the target of attackers over the centuries. inhabitants, he liked to show the city off to visiting friends. In 1866, the writer George Sand came to visit and wrote this in her diary: “I arrived in Rouen at one o’clock. Found Flaubert waiting at the station with a carriage. He showed me around the town and the sights: the cathedral, the city hall, Saint-Maclou, SaintPatrice: marvelous.
As penance, he gives up his belongings and lives the life of a beggar, helps a leper who turns out to be an angel, and is taken to heaven. “And there is the story of saint Julien H, as it is told in a stained glass window of a church in my country,” Flaubert concludes his short story. For the last story in this collection, “Herodias,” Flaubert took the dance of Salomé, which is portrayed in the tympanum above the cathedral’s Saint John door, as inspiration for his retelling of the beheading of John the Baptist.