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Madame Bovary has emerged over time as one of the greatest portraits of narcissism and self-centeredness ever conceived.
It reveals the astounding range, subtlety, artistry, and depth of a true original, Gustave Flaubert, author of Memoirs of a Madman, The Temptation of Saint Anthony, November, and countless other literary masterpieces.
Published in hundreds of editions and translated into virtually every modern language, it has not been out of print since 1856.
GUSTAVE FLAUBERT (1821–1880) was a French author widely considered to be one of the greatest novelists in Western literature.
Glenda Jackson hits the mark in this superb narration of Flaubert's classic novel. Her reading perfectly captures the restlessness of Emma Bovary, a character perpetually dissatisfied with her solid, steady husband and bourgeois life in provincial 19th-century France. Emma's unrealistic dreams (she yearns for a perfect, romantic love that will sweep her away into perpetual bliss) lead her into one affair after another, and then to financial ruin and suicide. Jackson is especially outstanding in the scene which takes place the night before Emma plans to run off with her lover, Rudolf. To Rudolf, Emma is just one in a long series of conquests, and he gets cold feet at the thought of being permanently responsible for her welfare and that of her child. In a swoony, sighing voice full of noble suffering, Jackson reads his flowery letter of tears and regret, saying he loves her too much to ruin her life and her reputation. Then, without missing a beat, she switches to smug, cynical satisfaction, as Rudolf admires the letter and congratulates himself on his close escape.