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Madame Bovary (Signet Classics) by Gustave…
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Madame Bovary (Signet Classics) (original 1857; edition 1964)

by Gustave Flaubert (Author), Mildred Marmur (Translator), Mary McCarthy (Foreword)

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The text of this Norton Critical Edition is based on Eleanor Marx Aveling's celebrated translation, revised by Paul de Man.
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Title:Madame Bovary (Signet Classics)
Authors:Gustave Flaubert (Author)
Other authors:Mildred Marmur (Translator), Mary McCarthy (Foreword)
Info:Signet Classics (1964), 400 pages
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Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert (Author) (1857)

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    DLSmithies: Don Quixote was Flaubert's favourite book, and I've read somewhere that the idea of Madame Bovary is to re-tell the story of Don Quixote in a different context. Don Quixote is obsessed with chivalric literature, and immerses himself in it to the extent that he loses his grip on reality. Emma Bovary is bewitched by Romantic literature in the same way. There are lots of parallels between the two novels, and I think putting them side by side can lead to a better understanding of both.… (more)
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    browner56: The stories of two women, separated by 150 years, who search desperately for something they never find. Flaubert's legendary protaganist is the role model for Vargas Llosa's "bad girl".
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    soylentgreen23: 'Mrs Craddock' evidently shares a lot in common with Flaubert's masterpiece, especially in terms of its representation of a woman married to a dull man, who wishes to have a renewed taste of passion, despite the likely terrible consequences.
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My copy included a preface by Mary McCarthy (which I read after the novel) and a reprint of the trial that was held in France in response to this "scandalous" book. I was also looking forward to reading the trial, but after finishing the novel and the preface I preferred to leave the trial. This book is important, not because of the scandal, but because of the characterization of the individuals and the social milieu of rural France. At times each character (Charles, Emma, Rodolphe, Leon, and the pharmacist are both exasperating and sympathetic. That is, one can readily enter into their worldview and find their behavior understandable without having to root for them or approve of them. It is complex and ripe with pointed observations about human frailty and flaw. ( )
  brianstagner | Jul 18, 2021 |
As relevant now as it was when I first read it 50 years ago. Poor silly Emma! ( )
  kjuliff | Jul 1, 2021 |
maybe it's better in French
  ritaer | Jun 4, 2021 |
Well, what shall I say about this book.
The life story of Charles Bovary, but the actual protagonist is his wife, Emma. The madame from the title. An immature person, married, unfaithful, risking everything for an idea of what a romantic love should be like, should be feeling. And then the financial ignorance of both of them... You can see it coming, but I was still amazed at how bad things have become in the end.

It is more than enough for now, these marital complications inthe country of France from a while ago. I'm switching to something more modern (I think) ( )
  BoekenTrol71 | May 26, 2021 |
Well, it was OK. I am glad I did read it, as it is one of those books that somehow we are expected to read at some point in time. It is just like going to Paris and not going up the Eiffel Tower, type of thing. So there, I can cross this one out of the book bucket list.

But I do find it interesting that a book that is nothing more than a cautionary tale of the perils a romantic woman may fall prey was so vilified by the same Victorian society that should had embraced it. One would think it would be made obligatory for young women of marriage age to read about the dangers of books, handsome rich men, and that wanting pretty things might cause financial ruin.

Poor Emma, though! Born 150 years too early, and too passionate for the times.
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  RosanaDR | Apr 15, 2021 |
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Madame Bovary is many things - a perfect piece of fictional machinery, the pinnacle of realism, the slaughterer of romanticism, a complete study of failure - but it is also the first great shopping-and-fucking novel.
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Agutter, JennyNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ajac, BernardIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Aveling, Eleanor MarxTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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We were in study hall when the headmaster walked in, followed by a new boy not wearing a school uniform, and by a janitor carrying a large desk.
We were at prep, when the Head came in, followed by a new boy not in uniform and a school-servant carrying a big desk.
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What would they be doing now? ... the sort of life that opens the heart and the senses like flowers in bloom. Whereas for her, life was cold as an attic facing north, and the silent spider boredom wove its web in all the shadowed corners of her heart.
Surprised by the strange sweetness of it, they never though to describe or to explain what they felt. Coming delights, like tropical beaches, send out their native enchantment over the vast spaces that precede them – a perfumed breeze that lulls and drugs you out of all anxiety as to what may yet await you below the horizon.
'Have you got your pistols?'
'What for?'
'Why, to defend yourself,' Emma replied.
'From your husband? Ha! Poor little man!'
Gone were those tender words that had moved her to tears, those tempestuous embraces that had sent her frantic. The grand passion into which she had plunged seemed to be dwindling around her like a river sinking into its bed; she saw the slime at the bottom.
She repented her past virtue as though it were a crime; what still remained of it collapsed beneath the savage onslaught of her pride.
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"Madame Bovary", apparso a puntate sulla "Revue de Paris" nel 1856 e integralmente un anno dopo, incontrò subito un grande successo di pubblico - dovuto anche al clamore del processo a cui il suo autore, incriminato per oltraggio alla morale e alla religione, fu sottoposto -, imponendosi all'attenzione della critica come il capolavoro assoluto del romanzo moderno. Incentrato sulla superba figura di Emma Bovary - donna inquieta, insoddisfatta, simbolo di un'insanabile frustrazione sentimentale e sociale - e giocato su un antiromanticismo ideologico e formale di fondo, "Madame Bovary" come ha scritto Vladimir Nabokov, "dal punto di vista stilistico è prosa che fa ciò che si suppone faccia la poesia. Senza Flaubert non ci sarebbe stato un Marcel Proust in Francia, né un James Joyce in Irlanda. In Russia, Cechov non sarebbe stato Cechov".
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