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Madame Bovary
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Surprisingly un-Victorian feel to the language (though the atmosphere is decidedly French), but hard to know whether that is original or due to the translation. Vividly describes the anguish of conflicting pulls of heart versus convention and the consequent highs and lows - emotionally and socially. Not at all explicit, and a very harshly moral tale, but caused a scandal when published, presumably because the driving force is a woman's desires rather than a man's.
The emotions rendered by a novel not only make the novel challenging, but, I believe now, make it difficult to write a review of the novel. I do see why Madame Bovary is known as a heavy-hitter in literature. It is a unequivocal portrait of life and individual self-absorption that is very recognizable and quite timeless. There are many things to like about this book. The narrative framework is beautiful, so that this intense story of Emma Bovary builds at a good pace and the story unfolds rather ...more

This was a harder read than I thought it would be. Flaubert wrote a Bildungsroman and his unsympathetic character, Emma Bovary, suffers every consequence for her actions. In the process she takes down her husband and dooms her daughter to a life of poverty.

As many reviewers have written she was the original desperate housewife. Gustave Flaubert was never contemptuous or self righteous in his descriptions of his characters. They were all the more damned with his precise objectivity.

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I enjoyed this book. It seemed to flow well and keep you wondering what was going to happen next. This was on some top 100 list that I found and it belongs there in my view. In this edition there is a reprint of the case brought against the book in France for being against the publice morality. The arguments of the the prosecution and the defense and the verdict of the court are all provided. They were an interesting read as well.
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