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Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
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Mar 01, 2011

really liked it
Read in March, 2011

My year of reading Classics I've Somehow Missed continues and I'm still happy to report that the classics are classics for very good reasons. Flaubert is a gifted observer of humanity and his descriptions of the physical world, the interior lives of his characters, and that sublime boundary at which they interact and affect one another are truly timeless. And once again, I'm struck by how legitimately funny the old masters can be - understated, but quietly hilarious. Maybe I shouldn't be laughing quite so much at a tragedy of solipsism, but I can't help but think that Flaubert was well aware of the absurdity inherent in his premise.

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message 1: by Jen (new)

Jen I hope you really like it. Also, although it's a TOME--the way we live now by Trollope is really good.

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