Madame Bovary

Madame Bovary

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'A masterpiece' Julian Barnes

Flaubert's erotically charged and psychologically acute portrayal of a married woman's affair caused a moral outcry on its publication in 1857. Its heroine, Emma Bovary, is stifled by provincial life as the wife of a doctor. An ardent devourer of sentimental novels, she seeks escape in fantasies of high romance, in voracious spending and, eventually, in adultery. But even her affairs bring her disappointment, and when real life continues to fail to live up to her romantic expectations, the consequences are devastating. It was deemed so lifelike that many women claimed they were the model for his heroine; but Flaubert insisted: 'Madame Bovary, c'est moi.'

Translated with an Introduction and Notes by Geoffrey Wall
With a Preface by Michele Roberts
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 22mm | 281g
  • PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 0140449124
  • 9780140449129
  • 29,341

Review quote

"Madame Bovary is like the railroad stations erected in its epoch: graceful, even floral, but cast of iron." -- John Updike
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About Gustave Flaubert

Gustave Flaubert was born in Rouen in 1821. After illness interrupted a career in law, he retired to live with his widowed mother and devote himself to writing. He achieved limited success in his own lifetime, but his fame and reputation grew steadily after his death in 1880. Geoffrey Wall teaches French at the University of York. His biography of Flaubert has been translated into four languages. Michele Roberts is the half-English half-French writer of ten highly praised novels.
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