I finished this book seven days ago, but I am just getting to the review. At first, I wasn't sure I was going to like the book. I felt as though I needed to have read some Flaubert, Madame Bovary or Sentimental Education, before I could enjoy Flaubert's Parrot. However, since the book was for the Booker Challenge, I was determined to finish it. Then about halfway through the book, I noticed that I had copied down quite a number of quotes from the book. Barnes has quite a turn of wit and I found the in some places he is quite funny. So, when I was finished, I realized I enjoyed the book. I look forward to reading another Barnes': The History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters.