Salon littéraire: Un coeur simple de Flaubert
SATURDAY, August 26
2:30PM - 3:30 PM
SUITE 204 (LIBRARY)
Join us at the AFSeattle Library for our traditional Salon littéraire. This time, we will go back to our classics and
discover a short story by Gustave Flaubert, Un coeur simple.
As a reminder, the discussion is recommended for French speakers at level A2+ (upper intermediate) or above. However, participants are
welcome to read the book in English if they prefer.
Free for AF members / $5 for non-member. Please RSVP below!
Un coeur simple is the story of a servant girl named Felicité. After her one and only love Théodore purportedly
marries a well-to-do woman to avoid conscription, Felicité quits the farm where she works and heads for Pont-l'Évèque, where she picks up
work in a widow's house as a servant.
This short story describing the kind of life that many poor, uneducated, single women led in the 19th century was written by Flaubert
three years before his death.
Gustave Flaubert, (born December 12, 1821 in Rouen, France—died May 8, 1880, Croisset) was a French novelist regarded
as the leader of the realist movement. He is best known for his masterpiece, Madame Bovary (1857), a realistic portrayal of
bourgeois life, which led to a trial on charges of the novel's alleged immorality. Flaubert sought objectivity above all else
in his writing: “The author, in his work, must be like God in the Universe, present everywhere and visible nowhere.”
Where to find a copy?