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Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
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Oct 10, 2010

liked it
bookshelves: 1001-books, historical, romance, france, classic, read-in-spain
Recommended to Donna by: myself
Recommended for: fans of classics
Read in October, 2008 , read count: 1

Despite finding it's heroine a wailing, feeble hypochondriac, who I, as a 21st century woman, cannot relate to in the slightest, I actually rather enjoyed this book. Flaubert paints wonderfully rich images of he idyllic 19th century French countryside lifestyle, and the range of characters spring to life a very well realised, active village.
Although I did feel sympathy for her position in a loveless marriage of convenience (though I do kinda think she landed herself in that one!), and I found her liaisons to be mildly amusing, especially in their aftermath when she becomes a pathetic, snivelling wreck, as if she cannot live without the love of a man, and literally bringing herself to the verge of death due to grief. It's clear, during these episodes, that this novel was written by a man, any novel of a similar genre but written by a woman has its heroines made of stronger stuff.

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