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Madame Bovary

by Gustave Flaubert 

Review of Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

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       I read this book last summer because my best friend couldn't stop talking about it. OK, to be completly truthful, I thouhgt the book was a bit boring. The story is pretty good, but it moves at such a slow pace, and I thouhgt it only started to get interesting half way through. It's about a french woman who marries a doctor and always feels like she wants more from life. She is unhappy in her marriage and ends up having a series of affairs. I would probably reccomend this book only for the sake of the story actually being very good, but the pace is really very slow. But what I liked about it was that the writer used the stream conscios technique, so we see Madam Bovary's day dreams and so on. I'd give it 3 out of 5 stars.

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert was reviewed by Miriam Elnaggar


       This is one of my favourite books, endlessly re-read.  It was written in the early days of the novel, about the life of Emma Bovary, frustrated wife of a provincial French doctor.  It shocked the sensibilities of the time and was banned by the Catholic church for a considerable time. Flaubert reveals with a sure and unflinching hand the essence of a woman's life, and the inevitability of Emma's fate does not lessen the fascination of her passionate desire for love and blindness to reality.  As with all great literature, it is relevant to this day, and better read in its native language.

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert was reviewed by Sue Gartlan


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