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Lifelike that many women claimed they were the model for his heroine; but Flaubert insisted 'Madame Bovary c'est moi'This modern translation by Flaubert's biographer Geoffrey Wall retains all the delicacy and precision of the French original The edition also contains a preface by the novelist Michèle Roberts. Since I read uicksand by Nella Larsen this week Emma Bovary started haunting my mind yet again We are old friends Emma and II spent hours and hours over a dictionary at age seventeen in high school trying to read about her agonies in original French with only the Isabelle Huppert film as a guidance In fact I actually think I owe it to Emma Bovary that I finally made it over the threshold to understand written French That ultimately led me to university studies in French literature and a lifelong love for French writers In a way I could argue that Emma introduced me to Diderot and Voltaire I guessBut she did so much for me as well She awakened in me a sense that the world holds different options for women and men and that women s dreams are dangerous detrimental and slightly sentimental and ridiculous She made me socially politically angry for the first time I know there are thousands of erudite studies showing all the weaknesses of Emma Bovary but from the start I could not would not see her that way I was with her when she danced in the ballroom and I wished the party would never end I hated the conventional goodness of Charles and understood Emma s frustration with him better than his frustration with her After all she had ideas dreams longings and he had routine reputation and boredomI rejoiced that she dared to do what men have always always allowed themselves to do enjoy a sexual life of her own choice She knew she would pay a much higher price than any man ever would for that freedom I loved the fact that she embraced life in its passion and pain and I suffered through the horrifying pages of her brutal final agony with the feeling that I would not have wanted her to say no to one single piece of experience in exchange for a better end living according to her husband s standards would have been death over and over without endI am fully aware that this is not a moral reading or interpretation of the novel and I don t encourage or follow her choices in real life but I loved Emma Bovary s daring rebellion without limits when I was young and it has never actually changed Whenever I remember my encounter with Emma the first thought invariably is Go girl Do what you wantTo close the circle reading Larsen s uicksand made me think of Emma because the character Helga Crane not fully belonging anywhere and drifting from one place to the next never really lives her dreams fully She always pulls out runs away hides from too strong emotions and in the end she resigns herself to rural life with a preacher she hates and multiple pregnancies to bind her to the hopeless boredom and tedium Reading about Helga I found myself thinking again with fondness of Madame Bovary Go girl Do what you want

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'Oh why dear God did I marry him'Emma Bovary is beautiful and bored trapped in her marriage to a mediocre doctor and stifled by the banality of provincial life An ardent devourer of sentimental novels she longs for passion and seeks escape in fantasies of high romance in voracious spending and eventually in a. Oy the tedium the drudgery of trying to read this book I tried to get into this story Really I did It s a classic right And everyone else likes it I kept making myself continue hoping I could get into the story and figure out what s supposed to be so good about itI won t waste any of my precious reading time on this It s about a self absorbed young wife who longs for anyone else s life except her own When she s in the city she dreams of the farm When she s in the country she dreams of the city When she s at a social gathering she imagines that everyone else s life is so much exciting than her own Blah blah blah Too many wordy descriptions of what people were wearing what the buildings looked like etc If you re going to take a long time to tell a story it had better be a good story This one is NOT

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Dultery But even her affairs bring her disappointment and when real life continues to fail to live up to her romantic expectations the conseuences are devastating Flaubert's erotically charged and psychologically acute portrayal of Emma Bovary caused a moral outcry on its publication in 1857 It was deemed so. My 3rd reading of this masterpiece written with irony and finesse The eternal story of Emma Bovary and her broken dreams is heartbreaking every timeThe narration is actually uite modern in that the perspective changes uite often from a mysterious first person in the beginning a schoolmate of Charles Bovary to the interior monologues of Charles Emma L on and Rodolphe The descriptions of the various locations in the book are always surprising with tiny references to the principle characters It may surprise you to know that this book which is essentially a tragedy also is full of humor and sarcasm For example when L on and Emma have a rendez vous in the Cathedral of Rouen the Swiss guard who tries to give them a tour of the church while L on is freaking out and wants to get out of there while Emma pretends to be interested because she is not uite sold on the seduction is pure genius In a similar if romantic vein the whispered conversation of Rodolphe and Emma in the lodge as the vice Prefect gives the world s most boring speech his boss couldn t be bothered to come was extraordinary Every word in Flaubert is measured and perfectly weighted to each situation the original French is absolutely splendid whether he is describing the pretentious conversation of M Homais or the various season and their impact on the moods of the characters and tone of the novel The only criticism that I can bring is that the denouement is a bit long that being said there is another fantastic ironic payoff in the last sentenceThis book from 1856 is of course a product of the Romantic period in culture but it surpasses most of its contemporaries by its precise psychology both of men and women its irony its subtle criticism of the petit bourgeois and French society and the meticulous observation of detail Even 161 years later it remains a monument of literature and a summit of free expression Flaubert was pursued in court and beat the censors


10 thoughts on “Madame Bovary

  1. says:

    This is one of the books that has had a profound effect on my life The moral? Be happy with what you have and wh

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    Oy the tedium the drudgery of trying to read this book I tried to get into this story Really I did It's a classic right? And everyo

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    ”Before her marriage she had believed that what she was experiencing was love; but since the happiness that should have resulted from that love had not come she thought she must have been mistaken And Emma tried to find out just what was meant in life by the words bliss passion and intoxication which had seemed so beautiful to her in books” Mia Wasikowska plays Madame Bovary in the 2015 movieBefore she is

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    886 Madame Bovary Gustave FlaubertMadame Bovary is the debut novel of French writer Gustave Flaubert published in 1856 The story focuses on a doctor's wife Emma Bovary who has adulterous affairs and lives beyond her means in order to escape the banalities and emptiness of provincial life One day Charles visits a

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    Three and a half stars uprated to 5 stars because I can't get it out of my head 9 April 2012Not sure what to make of it The self obsessed Emma Bovary was obviously to me a side of Flaubert himself She feels that there is so much but her limited life fences her in and instead of drawing into herself seeing what she has to offer how to make

  6. says:

    My 3rd reading of this masterpiece written with irony and finesse The eternal story of Emma Bovary and her broken dreams is heartbreaking every timeThe narration is actually uite modern in that the perspective changes uite often from a mysterio

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    Before marriage she thought herself in love; but the happiness that should have followed this love not having come she must she thought have been mistaken And Emma tried to find out what one meant exactly in life by the words felicity passion rapture that had seemed to her so beautiful in books You might be surprised to learn that I was mesme

  8. says:

    Since I read uicksand by Nella Larsen this week Emma Bovary started haunting my mind yet again We are old friends Emma and II spent hours and hours over a dictionary at age seventeen in high school trying to read about her agonies in original French with only the Isabelle Huppert film as a guidance In fact I actually think

  9. says:

    Henry James once said Madame Bovary has a perfection that not only stamps it but that makes it stand almost alone; it holds itself with such a supreme unapproachable assurance as both excites and defies judgmentThat's right Defies j

  10. says:

    Emma is a rather silly very passionate too much so bored uneducated to the reality of the real world young woman who believes in the romantic novels she reads moonlight walks eerie forbidding castles dangerous flights into unknown and strange lands always trying to escape their frightening captors brave handsome men that a

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