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Madame Bovary: Provincial Lives (Penguin Classics)

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ISBN13: 9780140449129
ISBN10: 0140449124
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Flaubert's masterpiece — a landmark in European literature

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 in a desperate love affair. A succès de scandale in its day, Madame Bovary remains a powerful and arousing novel.

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"As for the intimate, deeper center of the book, there is no doubt that it resides in the adulterous woman; she alone possesses all the attributes of a worthy hero, albeit in the guise of a disgraced victim." Charles Baudelaire, L'artiste

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"A masterpiece" Julian Barnes

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"What is remarkable in Madame Bovary is that its mediocre beings, with their earthbound ambitions and pedestrian problems, impress us, by virtue of the structure and the writing that create them, as beings who are out of the ordinary within their ordinary manner of being." Mario Vargas Llosa, in The Perpetual Orgy

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"A supremely beautiful novel" Michèle Roberts

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"Madame Bovary is first and foremost a book, a carefully composed book, amply premeditated and totally coherent, in which nothing is left to chance and in which the author or, better, the painter does exactly what he intends to do from beginning to end." Charles Augustin Saint-Beuve, Causeries du Lundi

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"Its beauty is enchanting and terrible. It shows us implacably the limitations of our habitation in our bodies, in space and time. Emma Bovary is indeed 'really too small' but there is a sense in which she is a type of everywoman. Flaubert's relentless and fastidious observation and creation of his small world is itself a form of contemplation." AS Byatt, Guardian

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"Madame Bovary is like the railroad stations erected in its epoch: graceful, even floral, but cast of iron." John Updike

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This exquisite novel tells the story of one of the most compelling heroines in modern literature—Emma Bovary. Unhappily married to a devoted, clumsy provincial doctor, Emma revolts against the ordinariness of her life by pursuing voluptuous dreams of ecstasy and love.

Synopsis:

This text is an updated edition of Flaubert's classic tale. Emma Bovary is beautiful and bored, trapped in her marriage to a mediocre doctor and stifled by the banality of provincial life. An ardent reader of sentimental novels, she longs for passion.

About the Author

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), the younger son of a provincial doctor, briefly studied law before devoting himself to writing, with limited success during his lifetime. After the publication of Madame Bovary in 1857, he was prosecuted for offending public morals.

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chezztone, March 23, 2009 (view all comments by chezztone)
Outside of the blues, this is the harshest, most realistic view of marriage in all literature. And how many other novels deal with the pernicious effects of consumer debt? Wonderfully written, too, and this is the best translation.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780140449129
Translator:
Wall, Geoffrey
Preface:
Roberts, Michele
Translator:
Wall, Geoffrey
Preface by:
Roberts, Michele
Preface:
Roberts, Michele
Author:
Wall, Geoffrey
Author:
Flaubert, Gustave
Author:
Roberts, Michele
Author:
Roberts, Michele
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
France
Subject:
Adultery
Subject:
Married women
Subject:
Middle class
Subject:
Bovary, Emma
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Revised
Series:
Penguin Classics
Series Volume:
v. 13.
Publication Date:
20021231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
7.74x5.08x.91 in. .62 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 384 pages Penguin Books - English 9780140449129 Reviews:
"Review" by , "As for the intimate, deeper center of the book, there is no doubt that it resides in the adulterous woman; she alone possesses all the attributes of a worthy hero, albeit in the guise of a disgraced victim."
"Review" by , "A masterpiece"
"Review" by , "What is remarkable in Madame Bovary is that its mediocre beings, with their earthbound ambitions and pedestrian problems, impress us, by virtue of the structure and the writing that create them, as beings who are out of the ordinary within their ordinary manner of being."
"Review" by , "A supremely beautiful novel"
"Review" by , "Madame Bovary is first and foremost a book, a carefully composed book, amply premeditated and totally coherent, in which nothing is left to chance and in which the author or, better, the painter does exactly what he intends to do from beginning to end."
"Review" by , "Its beauty is enchanting and terrible. It shows us implacably the limitations of our habitation in our bodies, in space and time. Emma Bovary is indeed 'really too small' but there is a sense in which she is a type of everywoman. Flaubert's relentless and fastidious observation and creation of his small world is itself a form of contemplation."
"Review" by , "Madame Bovary is like the railroad stations erected in its epoch: graceful, even floral, but cast of iron."
"Synopsis" by , This exquisite novel tells the story of one of the most compelling heroines in modern literature—Emma Bovary. Unhappily married to a devoted, clumsy provincial doctor, Emma revolts against the ordinariness of her life by pursuing voluptuous dreams of ecstasy and love.
"Synopsis" by , This text is an updated edition of Flaubert's classic tale. Emma Bovary is beautiful and bored, trapped in her marriage to a mediocre doctor and stifled by the banality of provincial life. An ardent reader of sentimental novels, she longs for passion.
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