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A Simple Soul

Gustave Flaubert

"A Simple Soul" ("Un coeur simple" in French) is a short story written by the French novelist Gustave Flaubert. It was first published in 1877 as part of a collection of three short stories titled "Trois Contes" (Three Tales). Flaubert is perhaps best known for his novel "Madame Bovary," but "A Simple Soul" showcases his skill in portraying the lives of ordinary people with empathy and insight.

The central character of "A Simple Soul" is Félicité, a humble and uneducated servant who dedicates her life to serving others. The narrative spans several decades, covering the major events in Félicité's life. She works for various employers, including a widow, Madame Aubain, and later for Madame Aubain's daughter.

Félicité's life is marked by hardship, loss, and simple pleasures. Her deep sense of devotion and her ability to find joy in small things make her a compelling and sympathetic character. The story explores themes of love, sacrifice, and the search for meaning in a seemingly ordinary life.

One of the notable aspects of Flaubert's writing in "A Simple Soul" is his attention to detail and his ability to capture the nuances of everyday existence. The story is a poignant portrayal of a woman who finds solace and purpose in her uncomplicated and selfless devotion to others.

Flaubert's exploration of Félicité's character reflects his interest in the complexities of human nature and the ways in which individuals find meaning and connection in their lives, even in the face of adversity. "A Simple Soul" remains a classic work of literature, celebrated for its emotional depth and keen observation of the human experience.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Global Book Company
  • Publish Date: Apr 27th, 2024
  • Pages: 36
  • Language: English
  • Edition: undefined - undefined
  • Dimensions: 11.00in - 8.50in - 0.07in - 0.24lb
  • EAN: 9781835911181
  • Categories: Romance - GeneralClassicsLiterary