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The story focuses on a doctor's wife, Emma Bovary, who has adulterous affairs and lives beyond her means in order to escape the banalities and emptiness of provincial life. Though the basic plot is rather simple, even archetypal, the novel's true art lies in its details and hidden patterns. Flaubert was a notorious perfectionist and claimed always to be searching for le mot juste.
Madam Bovary Review
Very wordy novel. Tragic and slightly depressing. It's hard for me to understand how this became one of the great novels.
Hard to interpret
I don’t think I really understood the Novel unitl part 3, and it broke my heart.
Flaubert once said “Je suis Madame Bovary”. I still don’t understand why this is so. The book is so tragic, it makes you take a close look at the world around you. Definitly worth the read if you can get to part 3.
Father of realism?
Yeah this book was too realistic for me. It was so boring I only read it because I was forced to.