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Madame Bovary
Gustave Flaubert
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One of literature's great tragic heroines, beautiful Emma Bovary fights boredom with passionate excess, throwing herself into love affairs with a momentum that threatens to drag all around her into tragedy. Selfish, reckless, at times cruel, Emma has nonetheless seduced generations of readers with her willful, honest wanting.

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I didn't care for it very much but I like to finish what I start. It did give a picture of what life was like in that era though I don't think Madame Bovary was a typical woman. She was very selfish and immoral. She did not appreciate what she had and he was a dupe.
 
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Very depressing
 
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I didn't grow very attached to this book, but I still really liked reading it. This translation is extremely readable, and Flaubert's style is so clear and attentive. So much of the description in the narrative is wonderful, the settings all extremely knowable. In general the author's view became the most compelling aspect: this book basically seems to be about people being tragically stupid. No one here is very nice, nor worthy of niceness, and though that's depressing, it's not without truth. Flaubert's eye is merciless, and still he seems to pity the fools.<br/><br/>Even though she's mostly unsympathetic, Emma never stops being interesting to read about. Her relationships are sort of compelling, and Charles is a great character. The last few sections make the book's message pretty clear, though it is awfully grim. Folks are a letdown. And luxury is sort of a joke. Um, yay.
 
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Emma is someone I wish I didn't identify with as much as I do.
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