Madame Bovary

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Wordsworth Editions, 1993 - Fiction - 274 pages
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I first read this when I was around 14 and it made no impression on me--at least that I can remember. But I have just read it again and it filled me with such a jumble of emotions. It tore at me on so many levels, but overall left me terribly, terribly sad.
To quote Erica Jong in Salon: "If Emma Bovary, with all her self-delusion, still stirs our hearts, it is because she wants something authentic and important: for her life to have meaning, for her life to bring transcendence."
I am still thinking about this book days after I finished reading it.
 

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Section 1
3
Section 2
10
Section 3
27
Section 4
31
Section 5
36
Section 6
44
Section 7
53
Section 8
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Section 13
126
Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
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Section 19
227
Section 20
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Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 21
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Section 22
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About the author (1993)

Born in the town of Rouen, in northern France, in 1821, Gustave Flaubert was sent to study law in Paris at the age of 18. After only three years, his career was interrupted and he retired to live with his widowed mother in their family home at Croisset, on the banks of the Seine River. Supported by a private income, he devoted himself to his writing. Flaubert traveled with writer Maxime du Camp from November 1849 to April 1851 to North Africa, Syria, Turkey, Greece, and Italy. When he returned he began Madame Bovary, which appeared first in the Revue in 1856 and in book form the next year. The realistic depiction of adultery was condemned as immoral and Flaubert was prosecuted, but escaped conviction. Other major works include Salammbo (1862), Sentimental Education (1869), and The Temptation of Saint Antony (1874). His long novel Bouvard et Pecuchet was unfinished at his death in 1880. After his death, Flaubert's fame and reputation grew steadily, strengthened by the publication of his unfinished novel in 1881 and the many volumes of his correspondence.

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