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Post a Comment. This review was originally published on Pol Culture. But he dramatizes this classic story admirably well, and the narrative craftsmanship on display is all but unsurpassed. While Flaubert is acutely mindful of the cultural and political background of the events, his handling of the two central characters is perhaps of the most interest, and that is what I primarily focus on below. The story begins on the morning of the birthday celebration of Herod Antipas, the ruler of Galilee.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Herodias by Gustave Flaubert. Herodias by Gustave Flaubert. In the eastern side of the Dead Sea rose the citadel of Machaerus.

It was built upon a conical peak of basalt, and was surrounded by four deep valleys, one on each side, another in front, and the fourth in the rear.

At the base of the citadel, crowding against one another, a group of houses stood within the circle of a wall, whose outlines undulated with the unevenness of In the eastern side of the Dead Sea rose the citadel of Machaerus. At the base of the citadel, crowding against one another, a group of houses stood within the circle of a wall, whose outlines undulated with the unevenness of the soil. Get A Copy. Unknown Binding , pages.

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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Herodias. Jan 07, Jennell McHugh rated it liked it. I recommend knowing the history and how the story ends before reading this; it makes Flaubert's literary homage more enjoyable.

Basically, Herodias is an O. Original Gangster Princess. Dec 17, Fionnuala added it Shelves: flaubert , read-in-french , , review-just-for-the-record. Flaubert does exotic.

View all 4 comments. A clear influence on Wilde's Salome, who took the prompts offered here and ran with them to their decadent and painfully conflicted conclusions. Flaubert's story gives a convincing portrait of Herod's court and the internecine political and philosophical intrigues of the time. Its description of Iokanaan the Baptist down in his dungeon, screaming denunciations, is strong and memorable. Even though the title refers to Herod's queen, the story is more focused on the concerns of Herod Antipas; Sa A clear influence on Wilde's Salome, who took the prompts offered here and ran with them to their decadent and painfully conflicted conclusions.

Even though the title refers to Herod's queen, the story is more focused on the concerns of Herod Antipas; Salome is barely developed, entering late and operating only as an object of desire and proxy for her mother's schemes. Flaubert's retelling of the beheading of John the Baptist. Herodias holds a large birthday party for her second husband, Herod Antipas. Unknown to him, she has concocted a plan to behead John, who is in their captivity.

She entices her teenage daughter Salome to ask for John's head - she knows her husband is in love with his stepdaughter and can't refuse her anything This story formed the basis for Oscar Wilde's play Salome , and that again for the opera by Richard Strauss Aug 22, Camille rated it did not like it.

Herodias is a historical account of John the Baptist's death. To those who know the story from the Bible, there is nothing really special or new about this novella save for its perspective: Flaubert wrote the story from the point of view of both Herod-Antipas and Herodias, the tetrarch of Galilee and his wife.

There is nothing preachy or religious about this story. It would pass more as a historical fiction than a religious tale. Flaubert gives a convincing political background to the event, but Herodias is a historical account of John the Baptist's death. Flaubert gives a convincing political background to the event, but his narrative is detached, passing neither condemnation nor judgement to Herod-Antipas's lusts for Salome and Herodias's marital manipulations to get St. John executed.

As with Madame Bovary, Flaubert gives a study of a woman in Herodias who needs to assert her rights and correct the wrong that has been done to her regardless of the consequences. If we think at the Bible as a literary text, we might consider the story of John the Baptist as a story within a story.

Flaubert writes a detailed and difficult analysis of the events and characters. The book offers much food for thought. By the weakness of man to resist temptations, to sickly determination of Herodias willing to put in place her daughter in order to achieve her goals. I would not consider the act of Herodias, as has often been done, typically tricky feminine but as the act of a h If we think at the Bible as a literary text, we might consider the story of John the Baptist as a story within a story.

I would not consider the act of Herodias, as has often been done, typically tricky feminine but as the act of a human being, ready for anything, to achieve goals. Jan 06, Lisa rated it really liked it. This short book reads like a story in the Bible. A tale of the pompous, vainglorious Roman empire's court and their beheading of the beloved John the Baptist.

My favorite part was when John the Baptist spoke from the dungeon. His words were so powerful, clear and God-sided, an extreme opposite from the lavishness, gluttony, lustfulness and revenge-driven desires of his executioners.

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In the eastern side of the Dead Sea rose the citadel of Machaerus. It was built upon a conical peak of basalt, and was surrounded by four deep valleys, one on each side, another in front, and the fourth in the rear. At the base of the citadel, crowding against one another, a group of houses stood within the circle of a wall, whose outlines undulated with the unevenness of the soil. A zigzag road, cutting through the rocks, joined the city to the fortress, the walls of which were about one hundred and twenty cubits high, having numerous angles and ornamental towers that stood out like jewels in this crown of stone overhanging an abyss. Within the high walls stood a palace, adorned with many richly carved arches, and surrounded by a terrace that on one side of the building spread out below a wide balcony made of sycamore wood, upon which tall poles had been erected to support an awning. One morning, just before sunrise, the tetrarch, Herod-Antipas, came out alone upon the balcony. He leaned against one of the columns and looked about him.

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She is very loyal, and easily lends her affections to the two children of her mistress, Mme Aubain. She gives entirely to others; although many take advantage of her, she is unaffected. She has no husband, no children, and no property, and is reliant on her mistress to keep her; she is uneducated; her death is virtually unnoticed. Despite her life being seemingly pointless, she has within her the power to love, which she does even when she does not receive it in return. She also carries within her a yearning, a majestic quasi-religious sensibility which finds its apotheosis in the deification, as she dies, of her pet parrot who floats above her deathbed masquerading as the Holy Ghost. She lives a simple, unexamined life. Flaubert's challenge was to create the main protagonist as someone very different from the satirical characters appearing in his previous novels such as Madame Bovary.

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