cover image Flaubert's Parrot

Flaubert's Parrot

Julian Barnes, read by Richard Morant. AudioGO, unabridged, seven CDs, 7 hrs., $21.95 ISBN 978-1-60998-257-7

Barnes's contemporary classic follows loosely in the footsteps of acclaimed 19th-century French novelist Gustave Flaubert, serving as capsule biography, work of critical art, record of cross-generational authorial jealousy, and a portrait of obsession. As the protagonist meditates on Madame Bovary, while giving us quick glimpses into the source of his own fixation on the novel%E2%80%94like Emma, his own wife was unfaithful and committed suicide%E2%80%94Richard Morant keeps pace, following Barnes as he dips and dives through a dizzying variety of styles. A Vintage paperback. (Apr.)