"Flaubert's Parrot"

The tile of a novel by Julian Barnes. The reference picks up the quotation from Flaubert at the start of the chapter on the contradiction between the exotic aspirations of a dreamy adolescent and the sombre realities of a bourgeois life, and by referring to Julian Barnes’ book depicts that particular contradiction being squawked incessantly in his ear, like a cantankerous parrot, that would not be silenced.