Flauberts parrot is the fictional literary theory of protagonist geoffrey braithwaite retired doctor and self proclaimed amateur flaubert scholar at times the novel reads like a biography or a piece of literary criticism filled with maxims and philosophical interludes about life love and art. Flauberts parrot brilliantly marries the details of flauberts life his creation of the world of emma bovary and the life of the narrator geoffrey brathwaite who had his own experience of adultery and ultimately of bereavement. Interviews july 2003 flauberts parrot harriet gilbert bbc world book club 2002 julian barnes in conversation pdf vanessa guignery cercles 4 p255 269 interview conducted by vanessa guignery during a flauberts parrot conference in rouen november 2001. Julian barness novels do both with panache flauberts parrot is a fusion of fact and fiction a novel and an essay an unconventional biography a fictional autobiography an autobiographical fiction a fiction about biography and a biography of fictions one of the things that flaubert teaches us it suggests is to dissect out the
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