Madame Bovary

Kobo ebook | November 25, 2010

byGustave Flaubert

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Emma Bovary is beautiful and bored, trapped in her marriage to a mediocre doctor and stifled by the banality of provincial life. An ardent reader of sentimental novels, she longs for passion and seeks escape in fantasies of high romance, in voracious spending and, eventually, in adultery. But even her affairs bring her disappointment and the consequences are devastating. Flaubert's erotically charged and psychologically acute portrayal of Emma Bovary caused a moral outcry on its publication in 1857. It was deemed so lifelike that many women claimed they were the model for his heroine; but Flaubert insisted: 'Madame Bovary, c'est moi'.

A new translation by Lydia Davis

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Emma Bovary is beautiful and bored, trapped in her marriage to a mediocre doctor and stifled by the banality of provincial life. An ardent reader of sentimental novels, she longs for passion and seeks escape in fantasies of high romance, in voracious spending and, eventually, in adultery. But even her affairs bring her disappointment a...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:November 25, 2010Publisher:Penguin Books LtdLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0141966858

ISBN - 13:9780141966854

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Dry, but Easy to Read I found Madame Bovary to be in some parts quite dry and hard to follow. This may have just been the translation but i wish it had gone into more detail on certain times in her life. An easy read and shows the darker side of the family life in France in the 1800's.
Date published: 2010-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Wonderful Novel Madame Bovary is a classic. I can almost hear the readers of this review gasping. But don't worry, it's not a boring classic; it's actually an amazing novel to read, both for fun and for analysis. Scratch that last part: to heck with the analysis. This book is meant to be read and enjoyed, not analyzed. The story centers around Emma Bovary, who's bored with married life and engages in affairs with other men while spending money recklessly until both her affairs and debts come back to haunt her. Forget the summary: just read it. It's fun, and has a great plot. And the ending is marvelous. Flaubert is a genius, and once you read this, you'll see just why he is, and why this is considered a classic. And also, it's fun to discuss whether Emma Bovary was an idiot or not. I say--well, nevermind what I say.
Date published: 2004-08-31