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The Temptation of St. Antony By Gustave Flaubert Lafcadio Hearn Kitty Mrosovsky The Temptation of St Antony A book that deeply influenced the young Freud and was the inspiration for many artists The Temptation of Saint Anthony was Flaubert s lifelong work thirty years in the making Based on the story of t

  • Title: The Temptation of St. Antony
  • Author: Gustave Flaubert Lafcadio Hearn Kitty Mrosovsky
  • ISBN: 9780140444100
  • Page: 389
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Temptation of St. Antony By Gustave Flaubert Lafcadio Hearn Kitty Mrosovsky A book that deeply influenced the young Freud and was the inspiration for many artists, The Temptation of Saint Anthony was Flaubert s lifelong work, thirty years in the making Based on the story of the third century saint who lived on an isolated mountaintop in the Egyptian desert, it is a fantastical rendering of one night during which Anthony is besieged by carnal tempA book that deeply influenced the young Freud and was the inspiration for many artists, The Temptation of Saint Anthony was Flaubert s lifelong work, thirty years in the making Based on the story of the third century saint who lived on an isolated mountaintop in the Egyptian desert, it is a fantastical rendering of one night during which Anthony is besieged by carnal temptations and philosophical doubt.
    The Temptation of St. Antony By Gustave Flaubert Lafcadio Hearn Kitty Mrosovsky

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    1. Manny on said:

      image error At age 24, Flaubert saw Bruegel s painting, The Temptation of Saint Anthony, and decided he would turn it into a play Like all his literary projects, he took it very seriously He wanted to describe a 3rd century hermit sitting on a mountain top in the Egyptian desert and being tempted by the Devil, and he spent most of the rest of his life writing and rewriting it the final version came out nearly 30 years later, only a few years before his death The rest of this review is available [...]

    2. Yann on said:

      Antoine est un anachor te gyptien des d buts du christianisme, dont la vie nous a t relat par Anathase Vie de saint Antoine D apr s cet auteur, il aurait t emb t par des d mons venus pour le tenter d abandonner sa rude et difficile retraite, en lui faisant miroiter tous les plaisirs qu il abandonnait par sa d cision Il s agissait de glorifier la r solution d Antoine qui, loin d accorder la moindre chance ces fant mes, les chassait avec vigueur, raffermi par sa foi in branlable.Le sujet a inspir [...]

    3. Leonard Gaya on said:

      Ce livre aurait bien pu finir dans les flammes, si Flaubert avait suivi l avis de ses amis apr s la lecture qu il leur fit de son manuscrit Fort heureusement pour nous, l auteur n en fit rien et, bien au contraire, retravailla son uvre continuement, si bien qu elle devint, selon ses propres termes, l uvre de toute sa vie il en existe d ailleurs plusieurs versions.Le Saint Antoine de Flaubert tirerait ses influences litt raires aussi bien du Cain a Mystery de Byron, du Faust de Goethe, que du Aha [...]

    4. Paul on said:

      I shamefacedly admit that I don t read a lot of work that wasn t originally written in English The reason being that I almost always feel like something is lost in translation and that bugs the shit out of me For some authors, though, one has to make an exception.As far as I can tell, from my admittedly embarrassing monolingual viewpoint, this is a good translation It reads fluidly and naturally and, from what I ve read about Flaubert s writing style, seems to be true to the author s methodology [...]

    5. Hadrian on said:

      A vivid and terrifying fever dream, a spectacle of horrors and temptations It s hard to believe this is the same Flaubert who wrote Madame Bovary.It is based off of the Christian fable the monk, Anthony, goes to the desert to meditate and pray, and the devil tempts him and indeed, how the devil tempts him All the obsessive desires of lust, of gluttony, and then the seductions of heresy and following false prophets, and then the submission to the vastness of the cosmos, the contradictions of scri [...]

    6. Gabrielle Dubois on said:

      The temptation of Saint Anthony is Flaubert s entire life s work He had had the first idea of it in 1845, in Genoa, Italy, by watching a painting by Breughel, The Temptations of Saint Anthony Besides, in the descriptions of the book, we find many of Breughel s paintings Since that time, he hasn t stopped thinking about it.In 1846, Flaubert launched into immense readings, without any apparent goal, but all of which gravitated or less around the Greco Latin antiquity and led by infinite detours o [...]

    7. Mala on said:

      3.5 stars.My head is still hurting It s said that Flaubert had read nearly 1500 books for Bouvard and P cuchet, I wouldn t be surprised if he read just as many for this one

    8. Katelis Viglas on said:

      If one tries to read this novel when he is young, probably he will fail to see its significance It is an excelent representation and dramatization of Saint Antoine s life It is certain that Saint Athanasius, the first biographer of the famous Saint, wasn t so much informed and erudite as regards matters of heresis Of cours it is about fantasy and fiction, but it is exactly beacause of writer s poetic licence and deep erudition that the person of Saint Antoine is enlightened we can see it behind [...]

    9. Justin Evans on said:

      This is a pretty damn weird book, in the best possible way You always hear about Flaubert as a realist, Flaubert as wanting to write a novel about nothing, Flaubert as being obsessed with form and so on Well, this was published 17 years after Madame Bovary, and is not exactly a realist novel It s like a medieval passion play with historical people rather than personifications First Antony is tempted by biblical characters the Queen of Sheba, Nebuchadnezzar , then he confronted by heretics and t [...]

    10. Kim on said:

      This book was interesting to me knowing that there really was a Saint Anthony who lived in the third century A.D Anthony s parents were wealthy landowners and when they died all their wealth went to Anthony, and he was left with a sister to provide for However, he decided to follow the words of Jesus, who had said If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasures in heaven and come, follow Me , Matt 19 21 He then gave away all his property except [...]

    11. Laginestra on said:

      Una scrittura allucinata per un tesoro nascosto tra le opere flaubertiane Molto amato.

    12. Laura on said:

      Title The Temptation of St AnthonyAuthor Gustave FlaubertRelease Date June 4, 2016 eBook 52225 Language EnglishE text prepared by Laura N.R and Marc D Hooghe freeliterature from page images generously made available by the Library Project and illustrations generously made available by Biblioth que nationale de France gallicaf Free download available at Project Gutenberg.Gustave Flaubert, best known for his masterpiece Madame Bovary, spent nearly thirty years working on a surreal and [...]

    13. Fionnuala on said:

      Le monde est l oeuvre d un Dieu en d lire.Oh heureux temps de Saint Antoine, o tes vous J crivais l avec mon moi tout entier From a letter dated January 1853

    14. Czarny Pies on said:

      I find it rather strange that Gustave Flaubert s Madame Bovary and Salambo are on the Papal Index L Index librorum prohibitorum of books prohibited to Catholics but that this work is not The Temptation of Saint Anthony did not deserve to have been omitted from the Index Indeed it deserves a special place of honour.This loopy work reads like the script from Monty Python s Life of Bryan Indeed it is a truly savage parody of the monastic vocation as Saint Anthony is shown to suffer in the most horr [...]

    15. Thomas on said:

      A voluptuous meditation on the dark underside of asceticism by a master of literary realism Apparently Flaubert worked on this off and on throughout his life after his friends initially told him he should throw it in the fire I m glad he didn t, though it s easy to see why they cautioned restraint in his future endeavors James Joyce, no admirer of restraint, was so touched by it that he modeled the Circe episode of Ulysses on it Lafcadio Hearn s translation is so lyrical that I was sure he was t [...]

    16. Erik Graff on said:

      Having read about the excesses of the desert fathers and being long interested in literary representations of religious figures and the religious mystical consciousness, I picked up my grandmother s old copy of Flaubert s The Temptation of Saint Anthony during a break from college and read it with some enjoyment For his time, Flaubert was scandalous.Some familiarity with early Church history allows for a greater appreciation of this text.

    17. Courtney on said:

      Trippy Dizzying amounts of obscure references and Biblical names stories themes Flaubert was a mad genius, and besides the nearly indescribable excellence of his writing, this work play novel is humbling in its encapsulation of one man s obsession with learning.

    18. Matthew on said:

      Beautifully conveyed, and shocking than Rebours Antony meets all his enemies one after another He recognises people whom he had forgotten Before killing them, he outrages them He rips them open, cuts their throats, knocks them down, drags the old men by their beards, runs over children, and beats those who are wounded The blood gushes up to the ceiling, falls back on the linen clothes that line the walls, streams from the trunks of decapitated corpses, fills the aqueducts, and rolls in great re [...]

    19. Kristel on said:

      Saint Anthony or Anthony the Great was a Christian saint from Egypt Flaubert desired to write an epic of spiritual torment that might equal Goethe s Faust German literature The author spent a large portion of his life writing this story that is written in the form of play script The work s form influenced the development of modernist play texts, notable the Circe section of Joyce s Ulysses The novel might also be called a prose poem The work is a fictionalized story of the inner life of Saint An [...]

    20. Myles on said:

      This is the book that Flaubert famously read aloud to his friends for thirty six hours only to be told he should burn it and never speak of it again Though I don t totally agree I could read this guy s descriptions of toilet paper and tax returns they re right in that it s a static, masturbatory effort that betrays his talent as perhaps the greatest Realist author we ve ever had Like Salambo, which I have never been able to finish, this is Flaubert letting his Romantic side cascade onto the page [...]

    21. Craig on said:

      Encyclopedic, nightmarish, orgiastic, and beautiful Flaubert s less than sane genius flaunts mad visions and buffets of esoteric delights across the pages Similar to Bouvard and Pecuchet, this work is expansive in its breadth of knowledge, a book about books Different in its themes and topic and how Flaubert creates and plays with the structure.

    22. Greg on said:

      Flaubert s retelling of the temptation of St Antony is an unexpected, strange, wonderful dramatic prose poem I do not know of many other examples of dramatic prose poems of historical religious fiction It is as if Flaubert strove to combine all possible genres into one.The work itself centers around St Antony, the 3rd century desert follow who was the subject of St Athanasius hagiography, which is one of the foundational post biblical texts of western theology Flaubert starts by roughly sketchin [...]

    23. Bogdan Raț on said:

      Flaubert considered this book his masterpiece No surprise there, definitely something worthy of being called one s masterpiece.I was really surprised, in a pleasent way, about the great amount and mixture of details, characters, events and places from a lot of cultures greek, roman, egyptian, persian, hindu particulary because he s done that in so few pages, compared with, let s say Goethe, whose influence I felt from the first quarter of the book Wich is a good thing, don t get me wrong I reall [...]

    24. Elena on said:

      It was so surprising for me to find out a surrealist Flaubert, instead of the dry and cool realism he displayed in Madame Bovary.This enchanted me and made me think that Salvador Dali had for sure read this before painting his famous Temptation of Saint Anthony, as his vision was so similar I kept it in my mind while I was reading Flaubert even than the Bruegel version, that I have just found out reading Manny s review that was the one that inspired Flaubert Which made me think further that art [...]

    25. Antti on said:

      rirealistista proosaa, hurmahenkisyytt ja kreikkalaista draamaperinnett tarjoava kirja, joka ei yrit ollenkaan yhdistell kirjoitustapojaan, vaan k ytt aina kutakin kun paras vaikutus saadaan Flaubertin omana mielikirjanaan se on kiinnostava avainromaani, ja kuvaakin my s kirjailijan omaa luomistuskaa Perfektionistin kirja vie lukijaa mukanaan ilman mit n hidasteita Dermatologia kiinnostanee, ett 200 luvulla Egyptin aavikolla el neen pyhimyksen yht ihovitsausta, erysipelasta, kutsuttiin pitk n Py [...]

    26. Monty Milne on said:

      I love novels set amongst the Egyptian Desert Fathers in the 4th century, but this is only my second favourite Anatole France s Thais takes the first prize It s still an awful lot of fun, though, especially the fascinating parade of mad and bad devotees of obscure heretical sects Occasionally, though, one senses that Flaubert is over egging this particular pudding too much of it can give one spiritual indigestion.

    27. Nathan Rostron on said:

      I have this awesome illustrated copy with naked ladies and stuff I m sure it was Flaubert s intention, the randy sot.

    28. Charlie Canning on said:

      The startling thing about Flaubert s rendering of The Temptation of Saint Anthony is Flaubert s depiction of the thresholds of temptation After Saint Anthony had effectively withstood the wiles of the beautiful women who had come out to his desert hermitage to seduce him, he had to deal with the temptresses of antiquity Night after night in his dreams, day after day in his prayers and meditations, Anthony was enticed and tormented by a seemingly endless parade of seductresses through the ages fr [...]

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