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Madame Bovary's Daughter by Linda Urbach
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Nov 02, 11

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Read from October 29 to November 01, 2011

The writing was good and the story mostly engaging. But it's not something I'd let your teenage daughter read. Even I was blushing at parts. Every hundred pages or so would be something as graphically detailed as you might find in a porno flick. My innocent eyes have been thus polluted. So I figure it would get 4 stars for its quality in story telling and one or two for its decency....which will average out to three.

(Caution: Possibly a few spoilers.)
I'm not sure of the likelihood of being taken advantage of in the 1800s; but perhaps being the daughter of the illustrious and unfaithful Madame Bovary increases your chances. And perhaps the fact that it takes place in France. Berthe was certainly the victim of several untoward advances; but also promiscuous in her own right. Fortunately the novel doesn't focus on her sexual encounters, but in her growth as a young girl into womanhood. She is forced to rely on her skills and abilities; it also doesn't hurt that she is considered a ravishing beauty. I admired her independence and ambition. She was dealt some difficult blows and she had to make the best of some adverse situations. I would have liked the ending to have been a little different....like her lover making an honest woman out of her instead of ending up being a total jerk. At the same time, the ending does leave it open to some possibilities.
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