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Madame Bovary


This is a new translation by Adam Thorpe. 'A great novel that is also an inexhaustible pleasure to read'. Guardian Emma Bovary is an avid reader of ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 2.601
by francmac49 on Oct 27, 2011

Unfortunately it was in French..did I miss that in the entry?? That was why I only gave it a 2. Service was excellent for delivery. More


Unsympathetic antiheroine

by WilliamS on Feb 18, 2009

This is one case in which the chief character does not change at the end of the novel. Though I cannot argue about Flaubert's prose, since I have not read Bovary in French, I will say that this is one of the few novels I've read which I would not read a second time. Emma seems completely selfish and ... More


An Interesting Character Study

by bevans605 on Jul 22, 2008

Flaubert's writing in Madame Bovary, as has been mentioned before, is slightly dry, but in my opinion it is the ideas that the novel conveys that make it so powerful. While many of us feel from time to time that our lives lack a certain excitement, Emma Bovary's thoughts are dominated by her overwhelming ... More


It has its ups and downs

by Ellyb on Mar 11, 2008

Hmm, a great part of me agrees with the previous review. I struggled to maintain interest in the life of Emma Bovary, who seemed so vapid, so selfish, and so primitive. The prose is extremely dry (that may depend on the translation) and one sighs in annoyance over the cluelessness of her husband. ... More

by Renee on May 9, 2007

Madame Bovary is Flaubert?s story of a woman seeking love and interest outside her marriage. She continues in her illusion that she will find something better the next time around and simply falls into greater unhappiness and boredom. This book has nothing redemptive about it; no character is happy, ... More

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