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Bouvard and Pécuchet

A Tragi-comic Novel of Bourgeois Life

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Published: 1904
Language: English
Wordcount: 77,823 / 244 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 60.8
LoC Category: PQ
Downloads: 2,276
Added to site: 2008.04.08 20516

Considered by many to be better than Madam Bovary, this un-finished story illustrates the misadventures of two middle aged copy clerks thrown together by circumstances.

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o out on Sunday to inspect public works.

The earliest recollections of Bouvard carried him back across the banks of the Loire into a farmyard. A man who was his uncle had brought him to Paris to teach him commerce. At his majority, he got a few thousand francs. Then he took a wife, and opened a confectioner's shop. Six months later his wife disappeared, carrying off the cash-box. Friends, good cheer, and above all, idleness, had speedily accomplished his ruin. But he was inspired by the notion of utilising his beautiful chirography, and for the past twelve years he had clung to the same post in the establishment of MM. Descambos Brothers, manufacturers of tissues, 92, Rue Hautefeuille. As for his uncle, who formerly had sent him the celebrated portrait as a memento, Bouvard did not even know his residence, and expected nothing more from him. Fifteen hundred francs a year and his salary as copying-clerk enabled him every evening to take a nap at a coffee-house. Thus their meeting had the importance of a



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