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Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
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it was amazing
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I love the way that nineteenth century French writers focussed so deeply on human nature, and Madame Bovary reminded me of Zola in its portrayal of human fault. I think the only fully likeable character is Rouault, but all of the characters are extremely real. The story plummets downwards towards the inevitable conclusion in that gleeful manner that nineteenth century novels have, but the truly remarkable thing here is the stunning language. Flaubert took painstaking care with the rhythm of his sentences and, even in translation, it's obvious by the way the writing flows so smoothly, even while being so prettily constructed. A wonderful book: a little dated in subject matter, but timeless in its brilliance.
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April 1, 2013 – Started Reading
April 1, 2013 – Shelved
May 27, 2013 – Finished Reading

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