OK, just to prove I don't love all books, don't write breathless reviews of everything.... time to say something nasty.
I hate Madame Bovary.
I just can't see what all the fuss is about. Maybe it's beautiful in French - I read it in English.
Seems there are 2 kinds of readers: ones that love MB and ones that don't. The latter are in a very small minority. It's one of my literary due diligence questions.
I just didn't get it. Emma Bovary is an idiot. The plot is repetitive and silly.
If you want adultery done right, go read The Red & The Black (Stendahl).
Why oh why is MB so highly thought of?