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Madame Bovary (Penguin Classics)

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A book by Gustave Flaubert

For this novel of French bourgeois life in all its inglorious banality, Flaubert invented a paradoxically original and wholly modern style. His heroine, Emma Bovary, a bored provincial housewife, abandons her husband to pursue the libertine Rodolphe … see full wiki

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Author: Gustave Flaubert
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Penguin Classics
1 review about Madame Bovary (Penguin Classics)

Emma, Why did you do it?

  • Oct 30, 2003
Emma Bovary is a complex character. On the outside she gives the appearance of a contented spouse. Internally, her mind is constantly on her secret lover and how she can be with him. You really feel sorry for her husband, who is a man who idolizes the air that she breathes and takes great pleasure in just being behind her and admiring the fact that he is so close to her. Emma, on the other hand, cringes when she thinks of him and only appears to be with him for the sake of her children.

While I was reading this I was hoping that Emma could catch a glimpse of what was going on in her husband's mind and just maybe, she would have felt a little more sympathy for him. I am not sure whether Flaubert wants us to pity her or despise her. I for one fall in the latter category and I felt so sorry for her husband.

This book still has a lot of relevance today and shows how two people that think they know each other, could be so wrong about what they think.

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