Anna Stead, September 12, 2011 (view all comments by Anna Stead)
I didn't think I would like this book and I actually really did! I can see why people are still reading it after all these years. Madame was just like me in many ways so I really identified with her. I liked reading about all of her lovers and manipulations and secrets. She got into much of the same kinds of trouble that people do today. I liked the characters and thought they were very realistic. Flaubert is the kind of writer that can paint a picture, or a scene, and you can visualize it perfectly. The book was kind of sad at the end, but I really liked how melodramatic the Madame was and I thought it was fitting. I read this just for fun and it really was just that! I recommend it and it reads very quickly.
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by John Updike,
"Madame Bovary is like the railroad stations erected in its epoch: graceful, even floral, but cast of iron."
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.
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