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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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
10
Section 3
27
Section 4
31
Section 5
36
Section 6
44
Section 7
53
Section 8
74
Section 13
126
Section 14
161
Section 15
177
Section 16
196
Section 17
200
Section 18
213
Section 19
227
Section 20
251

Section 9
77
Section 10
84
Section 11
94
Section 12
118
Section 21
271
Section 22
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Known for his scrupulous devotion to his art and perfectionist style, French writer Gustave Flaubert is counted among the greatest Western novelists, and influenced such writers as Franz Kafka and J. M. Coetzee. Flaubert is best known for Madame Bovary, for which he was prosecuted (and acquitted) for offending public morals. His other works of note include Memoirs of a Madman, November, Salammb?, Sentimental Education, and The Temptation of Saint Anthony. His work has been widely adapted for the stage and screen. Flaubert died in 1880.

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