Madame Bovary: life in a country town

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Oxford University Press, May 28, 1998 - Fiction - 362 pages
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Madame Bovary is the story of a young country doctor's wife who seeks escape from the boredom of her existence in love affairs and romantic yearnings, and who is doomed to disillusionment. By his evocation of Emma, a figure both absurd and pathetic, and of the petty provincialism that surrounds her, Flaubert established the realistic novel in France; but his concern was with more than mere description. His preoccupation with style and with the aesthetic transformation of a mundane and vulgar reality is what gives the novel its lasting fascination and its place as a landmark in world literature.

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Aceasta este una din cartile mele preferate din cadrul literaturii universale pentru ca autorul a realizat o fina observatie a psihologiei umane, consemnand in detaliu trairile si starile sufletesti ale personajelor principale. Doamna Bovary este o femeie neinteleasa de cei din jur, mereu in cautarea fericirii. Ca un ultim gest de demnitate, ea isi ia destinul in propriile maini si se sinucide. 

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I was reminded of this book today (by Jonathan) in relation to Robert Bolt's screenplay "Ryan's Daughter", directed by David Lean, which was "loosely based on Madame Bovary". There's not much point in ... Read full review

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Gustave Flaubert (1821-80) is considered to be one of the mostimportant French novelists of the nineteenth century. He's most wellknown for his novel Madame Bovary, and for his desire to write"a book about nothing," a novel in which all external elements, especially the presence of the author, have been eliminated, leavingnothing but style itself. Often considered a member of the naturalist school, Flaubert despised categorizations of this sort, and in novels like Bouvard and Pecuchet demonstrates the inaptness of this label. In addition to these two novels, he is also the author of A Sentimental Education, Salambo, Three Tales, and The Temptation of Saint Anthony.