The story focuses on a doctor's wife, Emma Bovary, who has adulterous affairs and lives beyond her means in order to escape the banalities and emptiness of provincial life. Though the basic plot is rather simple, even archetypal, the novel's true art lies in its details and hidden patterns. Flaubert was a notorious perfectionist and claimed always to be searching for le mot juste.
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Hard to interpret
I don’t think I really understood the Novel unitl part 3, and it broke my heart.
Flaubert once said “Je suis Madame Bovary”. I still don’t understand why this is so. The book is so tragic, it makes you take a close look at the world around you. Definitly worth the read if you can get to part 3.
Been meaning to read this since 1981
My English teacher mentioned this book in High School and I have been wanting to read it ever since. This is a terrible story, and by terrible I mean fearsome. The plot is a page-turner - it keeps you moving through to the end. I’m not sure if there was much of a point, but boy does it profoundly and accurately describe the process of human corruption. Like a virus, degeneracy spreads as social boundaries are broken. I was in awe of the vivid and realistic descriptions, as well as captivated by the details of life in France in the 1870s. The man with the club foot will probably haunt my dreams forever. I am now ready for some light reading with a hero to admire and a happy ending...the opposite of this book!
Madame Bovary ruined everyone
It starts with Charles Bovary but he soon is married to widow he doesn't love but had money his mother thought. Soon the widow dies and the first Madame Bovary was not as wealthy as he thought. Charles encounters his true love, Emma. Emma is happy to get away from her dull life with her dad and marries Charles, not for love.
This union soon has Charles in love with Emma and Emma not so much.
Emma has several affairs, Charles is gone all day he is a doctor. So Emma is left alone to spend money on clothes and furnishings. Between affairs and bills she gets in over head.