By Susannah Patton
Richly illustrated with maps, ancient and modern images, and interval art, this guidebook takes travelers and armchair tourists on a stimulating trip in the course of 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 debatable works are the point of interest of this pictorial commute advisor, and contain the traditional city of Rouen, the place Flaubert was once born in 1821; the lodge city of Trouville and its usually painted seashore; Croisset, the place Flaubert’s riverside residence gave him the safe haven to put in writing; and the quiet nation city of Ry, which claims to be the place the genuine Madame Bovary lived and died.
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Galli in the late eighteenth century. According to the theory, phrenology—the analysis of bumps on a person’s skull—could reveal that person’s moral and intellectual abilities. Flaubert wrote about phrenology in Madame Bovary. Much of the museum’s other medical paraphernalia reflects themes and images from Flaubert’s writing as well. In a ground-floor room that served as Dr. Flaubert’s consultation room, for example, a large book describes surgical methods for treating clubfoot. Flaubert borrowed the book from his doctor brother while writing the section of Madame Bovary in which Charles Bovary attempts the operation, with disastrous results.
Dr. Flaubert had aimed higher than his own father, and had worked hard to become Rouen’s leading surgeon. Madame Flaubert had been living at the Hôtel Dieu and also appreciated the rigor necessary to run the hospital. The Flauberts formed a tight partnership: Dr. Flaubert devoted himself to the hospital and later to building a fortune by buying property in the Normandy countryside; Madame Flaubert oversaw their children’s education and managed the family’s growing wealth. Flaubert’s older brother, Achille, took on the responsibility of following in his father’s footsteps, while Gustave and his younger sister, Caroline, were free to roam in the garden outside their hospital apartment.
Flaubert’s older brother, Achille, took on the responsibility of following in his father’s footsteps, while Gustave and his younger sister, Caroline, were free to roam in the garden outside their hospital apartment. ” His father worked nearby, he was close to his mother and his sister, and his nanny doted on him and helped him to learn his letters. Béatrix Caroline Hébert, born in the nearby Eure district, came to work for the Flauberts in 1825 at the 27 A Journey into Flaubert’s Normandy age of twenty-one, and stayed until her retirement.