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Madame Bovary (Penguin Classics)
by Gustave Flaubert

Published: 2002-12-31
Paperback : 384 pages
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The notorious and celebrated novel that established modern realism
 
For this novel of French bourgeois life in all its inglorious banality, Flaubert invented a paradoxically original and wholly modern style. His heroine, Emma Bovary, a bored provincial housewife, abandons her husband to ...
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The notorious and celebrated novel that established modern realism
 
For this novel of French bourgeois life in all its inglorious banality, Flaubert invented a paradoxically original and wholly modern style. His heroine, Emma Bovary, a bored provincial housewife, abandons her husband to pursue the libertine Rodolphe in a desperate love affair. A succès de scandale in its day, Madame Bovary remains a powerful and scintillating novel.

This Penguin Classics edition is translated with notes and an introduction by Geoffrey Wall. It includes a preface by Michele Roberts. 

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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  "Madame Bovary"by spacer5 (see profile) 01/26/15

Flaubert provides an insightful portrait of French bourgeois life in the mid-nineteenth century. Rich in detail, the novel is a perfect example of realism in which the details build both character and... (read more)

 
  "Madame Bovary"by cowparade (see profile) 12/01/10

Difficult language, way too much description for that type of book.

 
  "A true classic"by DebraF (see profile) 03/05/10

Enjoyed lengthy discussion on the themes of this book. Amazed at how little society has changed, relatively, since this book was written. Emma is a memorable and flawed character - unforgettable.

 
  "Couldn't get into the story"by carehoff (see profile) 10/20/08

I just could not get into the story. None of the characters were likable. Too many details about unimportant things...maybe I just wasn't in the mood for a classic....

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